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Senegal legend, Diop, has died aged 42

Sun 29 November 2020 | 19:41

Former Senegal international midfielder who scored their first-ever World Cup goal has passed away after a long battle with illness.

Papa Bouba Diop

represented his country in their first-ever World Cup in

2002 World Cup

, where they stunned 1998 champions


1-0 in the opening match. Senegal ultimately reached the quarter-final of the tournament where they got knocked out by


. He was the Lions’ top scorer at the tournament. He ended his international career with 63 caps and 11 goals.

Diop spent almost a decade in England, played for





West Ham United

, and

Birmingham City

before retiring in 2013, with 129 total Premier League appearances. He was part of Harry Redknapp’s FA Cup-winning


team who defeated Cardiff City 1-0 in the 2008 final.

Fulham tweeted on Sunday evening:

"We are devastated to hear news reports this evening that Papa Bouba Diop has passed away, aged 42. Rest well, Wardrobe."

Diop, who stood at 6'5", played as a striker at beginning of his career for Swiss champions Grasshoppers, and was nicknamed ‘The Wardrobe’ during his career due to his height. ex-Manchester United and England star, Paul Scholes, named him among his trickiest opponents.

source: SportMob