Players, clubs and officials take to Twitter to express their sorrow at the death of the former South African president, who passed away on Thursday
The former South African president witnessed his nation host the first-ever World Cup in Africa in 2010 and his passing will undoubtedly cast a shadow over Friday's group stage draw in Brazil.
Below is a selection of messages from players, clubs, coaches and officials from across the globe for Mandela.
A hero is someone who has given his life for something bigger than oneself...The world lost a hero, Africa lost a father...RIP Mandela— yaya toure (@Toure_yaya42) December 5, 2013
Still can't believe it MADIBA is gone— Steven Pienaar (@therealstevenpi) December 5, 2013
Let us all continue his legacy with purpose and passion.— Pelé (@Pele) December 5, 2013
Thankful Madiba for your legacy and your example. You"ll always stay with us. pic.twitter.com/IA72uYB6N4— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) December 5, 2013
My respects to an extraordinary person, probably one of the greatest humanists of our time: Nelson Mandela. http://t.co/0iLg06VUEU— Joseph S Blatter (@SeppBlatter) December 5, 2013
Nelson Mandela the most amazing,inspirational leader of all time.Leaving a legacy which will be around 4centuries.RIP pic.twitter.com/ct1CgGTxMD— Emmanuel Adebayor (@E_Adebayor) December 5, 2013
RIP Nelson Mandela. No words to describe the goodness you have brought to this world. Sad to see you go. Inspirational, my only ever hero.— Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) December 5, 2013
One of the greatest man in the world and the greatest in our continent!!:( RIP Nelson MANDELA. MADIBA :( pic.twitter.com/LHYyNKPd5c— André Ayew (@AyewAndre) December 5, 2013
Just heard sad news about Nelson Mandela at premiere of his film. A truly courageous & inspirational man. RIP #Mandela— Jermain Defoe (@IAmJermainDefoe) December 5, 2013