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Egyptian athletes pay tribute to Muhammad Ali following his death
Several Egyptian athletes paid tribute to boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who died at the age of 74.
The three-time world heavyweight boxing champion died on Friday after battling Parkinson’s disease for about 32 years.
As athletes, celebrities and public figures from all around the world remembered the iconic boxer, a number of Egyptian athletes took to social media to offer their condolences.
وفاة قدوة كل الرياضيين .قدم نموذج للكفاح والإصرار والطموح .سيبقي اسمه مخلدا في سجلات التاريخ .رحم الله الأسطورة محمد علي كلاي
— AbouTrika Official (@trikaofficial) June 4, 2016
Four-time squash World Champion Amr Shabana praised the legendary boxer who proclaimed himself “The Greatest”.
اليوم فقدنا اعظم رياضي على مر التاريخ..سميت ابني الكبير على اسمه..علي..البطل والنموذج الذي لن ننساه ابدا..الله يرحمك..
— Mido (@midoahm) June 4, 2016
Former Tottenham Hotspur and Egypt striker Ahmed ‘Mido’ Hossam: “Today we lost the greatest athlete of all time. I named my eldest son, Ali, after him. The champion and the model who we will never forget.”
اللهم اغفر له وارحمه رحمه واسعه pic.twitter.com/4cEFZuSI4v
— Wael Gomaa (@wael2626) June 4, 2016
Egypt and Al Ahly legend Wael Gomaa posted an old video of a speech by Ali and wished that Allah would have mercy on him.
عندما سُئل ماذا ستفعل بعد الاعتزال كان رده سأستعد لمقابلة ،، فيارب تقبله وارحمه واغفر له،، رحم الله "محمد على كلاى " pic.twitter.com/8ZX2waIcK8
— Mohamed Geddo (@geddo15) June 4, 2016
Former Egypt international striker Mohamed Nagy Gedo: “When he was asked what he’d do when he retired, he said ‘get myself ready to meet God’, may Allah have mercy on him.”
Zamalek official website: “Humanity lost a great champion today. Farewell Muhammad Ali.”
— Ahmed Shobier (@ShobierOfficial) June 4, 2016
Former Al Ahly goalkeeper and TV presenter Ahmed Shobeir: “The boxing hero and the role model died, thank you for all what you’ve done.”
RIP MUHAMMAD ALI #legend
— Ahmed Elmohamady (@Elmo_27) June 4, 2016
Wadi Degla goalkeeper Amir Abdel-Hamid paid tribute to Ali who was idolized by millions of people around the world: “Muhammad Ali passed away. He was a role model for every athlete.”
A legend have left us. This time it's Muhammad Ali. RIP
— Rami Shaaban (@shaabanrami) June 4, 2016
Mahmoud Hassan Trezeguet posted one of Ali’s most famous quotes: “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'” The Anderlecht midfielder wrote, “may Allah have mercy on you. You taught us to have willpower and determination.”