The world of football is in mourning and has had no shortage of tributes to Pape Diouf. a major player in French football, thanks to his time as President of Marseille and his role as agents of footballers, the deceased was unanimously accepted by his peers. Selection of testimonies:
Jean Michel Aulas: “Pape Diouf was a great president, very efficient, respectable and respected. I had a deep respect for him, I associate myself with the grief of all his family and all his friends. ”
Samir Nasri: “Few people in the world of football have touched me or made an impact like you have had in my life or in my career. You have always been a mentor, you have been my first agent. You were my president and it is with a heavy heart that I must say goodbye you left too soon I will never forget you Pope ❤ “.
Habib Beye: “He called me” son “, I called him” father “. He was my agent, my president, but above all an exceptional man for me. My tribute to you Pope would not fit in a tweet. Thank you 🙏🏽🙏🏽 ”.
Djibril Cissé: “A week after my serious injury, Pope calls me:” I have only one word, we agreed on your signature at OM and it is not your injury that will make me change my mind about your qualities and the fact that you are a player made to wear the colors of your club of hearts which is Olympique de Marseille ”. Deep respect for this extraordinary man and president. Rest in peace Pope ❤ ”.
Mamadou Niang: “It is with great sadness that I have just learned that the Pope has left us. My thoughts are with his family, his loved ones. You were the best of us and a role model for me. Know that You will remain forever in my heart Pope. I love you ❤ “.
Valbuena: “He was a great man. He gave me a chance to play in this club. He was really a lover of OM and a big man, with a big heart. I will really miss him in football. He always had correct analyzes. He was a great president, always attentive, also on the job, but who knew how to punch his fist on the table. He will be greatly missed. ”
Florian Thauvin: “Very sad to hear of the disappearance of Pope Diouf … He will leave a unique memory in Marseille. Thoughts moved for his family and loved ones 🙏🏻🖤 ”.
Bafé Gomis: Sad day for the world of football and much more. We cry a great journalist, A great president, a great agent, a great gentleman, a big brother, a spiritual father. An example for many of us. A great figure from the African continent has left. RIP PAPE DIOUF 🤲🏿❤️ »
Basile Boli: “Pope has been my guardian angel throughout my career, a very good friend. His unique voice will be forever missed ❤️🙏🏿 ”.
Benjamin Mendy: “A lot of sadness when learning of the death of Pope Diouf … A great president but above all a huge Man, who will always have worthily represented OM and its values. A great loss for French football and the African continent. Rest in peace “.
Mbappé: “No room left for rivalry tonight. Very sad to hear of the death of a football monument, my condolences to the Diouf family. ”
PSG: “The PSG offers its condolences to the family and loved ones of Pape Diouf, as well as to the OM. The club brings them all their thoughts of support and solidarity in these painful moments at a time when French and African football is losing a great figure. ”
Source: Kewoulo / By Mame Diarra GOMIS