Mandela 1918-2013: Goal readers' views

Hundreds of you have posted messages of condolence following the former South Africa president's passing on Thursday - here is just a selection
Tributes have been posted from across the footballing world on Thursday following the death of Nelson Mandela, age 95.

The likes of Pele, Cristiano Ronaldo, Sepp Blatter and Yaya Toure sent messages of condolence on Facebook or Twitter for the former South Africa president, who was instrumental in bringing the World Cup tournament to the country in 2010.

Hundreds of Goal readers have posted your own messages of praise and support for Mandela and tributes are continuing to pour in. We've selected just a handful of them to show below.

If you want to post your own message for Mandela, simply add a comment at the bottom of this page.

Ron Shurvin Jn Charles: "Rejoicing in your life and legacy, may you rest in peace"

Felix Mangani: "The whole world will miss u, football fans, politicians, peace enforcers. RIP"

George Yankee's: "May his soul rest in perfect peace Africa's king"

Victor Pedro: "We will miss u our African father rest in peace one love Africa"

Ntuthuko Khuzwayo: "He promised us to host a world cup and delivered."

Ohayi Uchechukwu: "upon all the trouble he went through here on earth, he was able to live till 95yrs. To be of Good heart(spirit) is a treasure. Rip big mentor."

Tanko Mansur: "The only hero of Africa and the true great leader RIP"

Nzenwa Njoku: "Fellow South Africans, Nelson Mandela brought us together and it is together that
we will bid him farewell."

Jay Nyendwa Jnr posted a picture with the words: "I wish R.I.P meant 'return if possible'"

Kelvin Mwaka: "a strong man fights 4 himself but nelson mandela was a stronger man who fought 4 others R.I.P"

Benjamin Bem Baunde: "A life well spent; rest in peace Mandela"

Saimz Muiruri Simon: ""Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people & his country, he can rest in peace" #Madiba"

Proud Nigerian: "Sleep well my hero NELSON MADIBA MANDELA. He was the rarest gem ever found in Africa."

Innocent Paul: "Nelson Mandela was an angel walking on this earth. You were one of the greatest teachers this world has ever known. We love you and we miss you"

Fernandez Ladipo: "Africa grand father. You have left an indelible mark. RIP Madiba."