RIP Madiba: Footballing tributes flood in for late great Nelson Mandela

The world has lost a great man this evening with the passing of former South African president Nelson Mandela.

As well as being one of the single bravest leaders and visionaries of the 20th Century, Mandela was of course also a great football man; indeed in his autobiography he tells of the therapeutic effect the beautiful game had for him and his fellow inmates during their shameful imprisonment on Robben Island.

Not just football, Mandela embraced rugby also as a symbol of the post-Apartheid era, and his infectious love of sport proves the uniting capabilities of the games we play.

Football perhaps felt an even stronger attachment to Mandela for this, and the tributes have been flooding in on social networks for the late great man.

RIP Madiba.