Ex-Premier League ace Papa Bouba Diop dies aged simply 42

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Unfortunately, Goal reported tonight that former Senegalese star Papa Bouba Diop has passed away at the age of 42 after a “long illness”.

Diop played 129 Premier League appearances for Fulham and Portsmouth before later representing West Ham and Birmingham in the championship.

Diop also played for Grasshoppers and Ligue 1 team Lens early in his career. The ace also experienced a spell with Greek giants AEK Athens.

The defensive minded ace, who had a massive 6ft5 frame and dubbed the “Wardrobe” nickname, scored an iconic goal for Senegal in his first World Cup in 2002.

Diop achieved the ultimate goal of stun reigning champions France on their way to a historic 1-0 victory.

The ex-Premier League ace actually helped his team make it through to the quarter-finals of that tournament.

We are devastated when we hear the news tonight that Papa Bouba Diop has passed away at the age of 42.

Have a good rest, wardrobe? pic.twitter.com/rvU53Vqkmn

– Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) November 29, 2020

Never forget Papa Bouba Diop’s last minute equalizer for Fulham against Man Utd, what a success. ?

RIP to the wardrobe. ?
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– Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) November 29, 2020

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At club level, Diop won the Swiss Super League with Grasshoppers, the 2007/08 FA Cup with Harry Redknapp’s team in Portsmouth, the Greek Cup with Athens and the championship play-offs with the Hammers.

We want to send our thoughts and prayers to the Diop family during this difficult time.

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