Senegal national team legend Papa Booba Diop dies at 42

Former Senegal and Fulham midfielder Papa Booba Diop has died at the age of 42, according to the Mirror. Diop suffered from a long illness.

Diop became widely known when he scored the winning goal against the French national team at the 2002 World Cup, after which the French team lost to the Senegalese with a score of 0: 1 and eventually flew out of the tournament. Senegal reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup. In total, Diop played 63 matches for the Senegal national team, scoring 11 goals.

Diop began his club career in 1996 at the Swiss Neuchâtel Xamax. Then the Senegalese played for Grasshopper, after which he moved to the French Lens. Subsequently, Diop played for the English Fulham, Portsmouth and West Ham, as well as the Greek AEK. Diop’s last club was Birmingham City, from which he left in 2013.

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