Usain Bolt: One of the greatest human beings ever. May your soul rest in peace … The world’s greatest fighter. Rio Ferdinand: RIP #NelsonMandela / #Madiba — the true inspiration. Michael Vaughan: Today is about only one man … #RIPNelsonMandela. Mike Tyson: Nelson Mandela was the embodiment of discipline, courage, love and forgiveness. “There is no future without forgiveness”-@NelsonMandela. Robin van Persie: An inspiration to all of us. RIP Nelson Mandela. Thank you for everything you have done! Jack Wilshere: “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it” #RIPNelsonMandela. Cristiano Ronaldo: Thankful Madiba for your legacy and your example. You’ll always stay with us. Drew Mitchell: Had the greatest honour in meeting Nelson Mandela, what a tremendous human being he was. Stood for something and fought for it. Rest well. Matt Giteau: Sad day not just for South Africans but for the world. A real hero and role model for everyone #RIPMandela. Gerard Pique: 2010WorldCup is in my heart. As other incredible things, it would never happened without @NelsonMandela Thanks #Madiba. Michael Carrick: RIP #NelsonMandela #Madiba A real inspiration. Lived once but his legacy lives forever. Vincent Kompany: RIP Nelson Mandela. No words to describe the goodness you have brought to this world. Sad to see you go. Inspirational, my only ever hero. Michael Phelps: “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” #ripnelsonmandela Your courage and inspiration will live on forever!!! Rafael Nadal: Rest in peace Nelson Mandela, you have been a role model to the world. My most sincere condolences to family and friends. Serena Williams: One life — Nelson Mandela’s life changed many. May his legacy live forever. Rev 21:4 Victoria Azarenka: RIP Nelson Mandela.