I've been influenced by Nelson Mandela, says Tiger Woods

A string of Spain's World Cup winners from that year and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo tweeted messages of condolence, with many including photographs of themselves with Mandela. Global superstars Tiger Woods and David Beckham both made a point of meeting Nelson Mandela.

updated: December 06, 2013 13:22 IST
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Nelson MandelaWhen it came to sport, Nelson Mandela had the ability to inspire even inspirational figures and leave global stars completely star-struck.

The former South African president, Nobel Peace Prize winner and anti-apartheid icon died Thursday at the age of 95, leading to a vast outpouring of emotional tributes from sporting bodies and the world's best-known athletes.

"It's sad for everyone who got a chance to not only meet him, but I've been influenced by him," golfer Tiger Woods said. "I got a chance to meet him with my father back in '98. He invited us to his home, and it was one of the inspiring times I've ever had in my life."

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