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Laureus Ambassadors and Friends tributes to Nelson Mandela

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Laureus Ambassadors and Friends:
 
Ruud Gullit
It's a great loss of a great man. I am so proud that I had some moments with you. Thank you Madiba.

Bryan Habana
RIP Tata Madiba. Thank you for the inspiration and hope. May your legacy live on forever.

André Villas Boas
It was with great sadness that the world woke up to the news of Nelson Mandela's death. One of the truly great inspirational leaders of our generation and a man that fought like no other against apartheid and racial differences. We must ensure as individuals that his legacy is able to leads us into a future where there are no barriers, no social, ethnic, religious or racial abuses and where people through dialogue are able to put aside their interests in a view of creating a better world. That is the way he taught us and that is what we owe to him. My condolences to his family. May he rest in Peace.
Andrea Dovizioso
The death of an inspiring person like Nelson Mandela is an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of Life, Freedom and The real power of Men
Brian Lara
You will forever be remembered for your indomitable spirit, incomparable honour and courage.

John Smit  
A man we did not have for long enough, but left a lifelong legacy. Madiba we will never forget.

Courtney Walsh
One of the greatest human beings. He graced us as a true leader for all and what he stood for. Just hope his dreams and aspirations lives on with us always.
Gabriel Masfurroll ( President of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation Spain)
"We will never forget Nelson Mandela. He visited Barcelona during the Olympic Games in 1992. It was a very useful experience for him to keep on struggling for the future of South Africa. Afterwards, he has inspired us, and has been an example of generosity and compassion, a very difficult exercise after 27 years in prison. And then, in 2010 at his homeland, our Football National Team reached the biggest dream, winning the World Cup. And FC Barcelona has been collaborating for a long time with Nelson Mandela Foundation. Thank you for everything Madiba, to infinity!".
Usain Bolt
"One of the greatest human beings ever. May your soul rest in peace. The world's greatest fighter."
 
Rafael Nadal
"Rest in peace Nelson Mandela, you have been a role model to the world. My most sincere condolences to family and friends."