Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has paid tribute to African legend Bouba Diop who died at the age of 42.

Diop died on November 29 after a long battle with illness.

United legend Scholes who made a massive 718 appearances for the red Devils faced great players during his time.

He wrote, as cited in SunSport: “Then you play against people like you (Robbie Savage).

“An absolute nuisance, trying to close you down dead quick. I don’t want that, I just want it nice and relaxed.

“I suppose Patrick Vieira, you play against him he is so long, he is so big.

“He was a clever player as well. There’s one more that people won’t think of.

“We used to play against Portsmouth.

“Do you remember Papa Bouba Diop? Big, massive.”

Diop was famous for scoring the 2002 Fifa World Cup opening goal helping his side to a sensational 1-0 victory over defending champions France.

Senegal reached the quarterfinals of the competition as Diop went ahead to score twice in his side’s 3-3 group-stage draw with Uruguay before being dumped out by Turkey in the final eight.

Apart from Scholes, FIFA, CAF, and other football bodies have paid tribute to the Teranga Lions’ star.