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Lionel Messi leads Barcelona tributes to Kobe Bryant

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Lionel Messi and a host of Barcelona players have paid tribute to NBA legend Kobe Bryant after he tragically died in a helicopter crash on Sunday.

The tragic news has shocked the entire world and Barcelona players have expressed their condolences and paid tribute to the legend.

Kobe met up with Barcelona on several occasions both in the United States, on the club’s summer tours, as well as being a visitor to the Catalan capital.

Messi: : ‘I have no words… all my love for Kobe’s family and friends. ‘It was a pleasure to meet you and share good times together. ‘You were a genius like few others.’

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Rest in Peace, Mamba.

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Rest in peace Mamba

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