Papa Bouba Diop: Former Senegal, Fulham & Portsmouth midfielder dies aged 42

Papa Bouba Diop: Former Senegal, Fulham & Portsmouth midfielder dies aged 42

- Football sensation, Papa Bouba Diop, has died

- The Senegalese-European player was aged 42

- He is remembered for the winning goal against France for Senegal in the 2002 World Cup

England’s football fraternity, Senegal’s football association are all in tears as Papa Bouba Diop is reported dead at the age of 42. The cause of his untimely death is unknown.

The famous midfielder made 129 appearances in the English Premier League, not forgetting his epic feat at West Ham United and Birmingham City. Confirming his untimely death, world football association - FIFA - posted; “Once a World Cup Hero, always a World Cup Hero”.

This post by FIFA follows Diop’s sterling performance at the 2002 FIFA World Cup when he scored Senegal’s winning goal against France ending 1-0. Moments after his death, tributes have been pouring in as Fulham’s Twitter account lamented how “devastated” colleagues are over Diop’s death. “Rest well, Wardrobe,” the page eulogized.

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Papa Bouba Diop: Former Senegal, Fulham & Portsmouth midfielder dies aged 42
Papa Bouba Diop: Former Senegal, Fulham & Portsmouth midfielder dies aged 42
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Senegal eventually reached the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup, with Diop going on to score twice more in the 3-3 group-stage draw with Uruguay.

He also featured at four Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, including when Senegal were runners-up in 2002. Diop also helped Portsmouth win the FA Cup in 2008 and retired in 2013.

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