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