The former football player paid tribute Modesta M’Bamiafter club team Paris Saint Germain (PSG) posted news on Saturday (January 7) that the 40-year-old died of a heart attack.
Cameroon’s international midfielder won Olympic gold at the 2000 Sydney Games by scoring the “golden goal” in the final that secured him the title.
He won the Coupe de France title twice with PSG and had spells with French teams Marseille, Sedan and Le Havre. M’Bami also played for teams in Spain, Colombia and his native Cameroon before retiring in 2016.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino was among those who paid tribute by posting on Instagram: “Such sad news, RIP Modeste Mbami.”
Former teammate George Elokobi also posted condolences on social media for the “good roommate”.
While club mate Juan Pablo Sorin recalled M’bami’s “special way of brightening up the dressing room” and “quality and strength on the pitch”.