Former Paris-Saint-Germain and Cameroon midfielder Modeste M’Bami has died aged 40 after struggling a coronary heart assault, PSG mentioned in a press release on Saturday.
M’Bami received two Coupes de France with the Parisian membership, in 2004 and 2006, in addition to an Olympic gold medal with Cameroon on the 2000 Sydney Games.
At these Olympics, M’Bami secured his place inside Cameroonian footballing historical past as he scored a “golden goal” in further time to seal the Indomitable Lions’ victory over Ronaldinho’s Brazil within the quarterfinals.
After starting his profession at Académie Kadji Sport, adopted by Dynamo Douala in Cameroon, M’Bami joined PSG in 2003 the place he stayed for 3 seasons.
He then spent three seasons at French aspect Olympique de Marseille, which was amongst these paying tribute to the Cameroonian, expressing its “great sadness.”
Tributes flooded in from all corners of the footballing world, together with from former teammates and FIFA President Gianni Infantino.
“Such sad news,” Infantino mentioned in an Instagram story beneath a black and white photograph of M’bami. “RIP Modeste M’bami.”
His Cameroonian teammate George Elokobi said on Twitter, “Devastating news. RIP my friend Modeste Mbami, gone too soon. Thank you for your warm welcome and a good roommate.”
“My sincerest condolences and prayers go out to your family and friends. Thank you for all your contributions to the Cameroon National Team.”
As effectively as his time at French golf equipment, M’Bami hung out enjoying at golf equipment in Spain, China, Saudi Arabia and Colombia earlier than he returned to France to finish his enjoying profession at Le Havre in Ligue 2.
After retiring on the age of 35, he went again to Cameroon and arranged recruitment days for footballers in Africa.
“We are deeply saddened to hear the passing of the former Cameroonian footballer Modeste M’bami,” the Confederation of African Football said on Twitter.
“All our condolences and thoughts go to his family and friends at this difficult time. May he Rest In Peace.”