Kobe Bryant was perhaps one of the most influential basketball players of his generation. One of the best players of his generation, Kobe, always tried his hardest to master his skills, making him a standout superstar among others. His incredible work ethic certainly set a precedent for multiple superstars in the current NBA as well.
While basketball always seemed to be the first priority for Kobe, there were some other things he was passionate about. One of them was football.
Growing up in Italy, which has a host of prestigious football clubs like AC Milan, Inter Milan, and Juventus FC, among many others, it was unsurprising to see that Kobe became an enormous admirer of the beautiful game.
Back in 2013, Kobe was back in Milan to recover from an injury. There the then 34-year-old visited the club's legendary stadium San Siro and spoke about his admiration for AC Milan.
“It’s an honor for me to be here. I have been a big fan of Milan since I was a kid and it was always a dream of mine to come to Milanello.
“I watched Milan play when I was a kid. They had stars like Gullit, Rijkaard, Van Basten, and Maldini, and watching them was like a dream for me."
“Milan has always been my favorite team, and it’s always in my heart. I keep a Milan shirt and scarf in my locker room in Los Angeles so I can look at them every day,”
This was probably the last time Kobe was spotted in an AC Milan jersey. After the sudden demise of the legendary guard, Milan played an emotional tribute video for the Rossoneri fan, and even fans came in with massive posters to remember the legend.
Bryant might have left the world, but his legend still echoes in the streets of Milan. After winning their first Serie A title in 11 years, even their manager Stefano Pioli revealed that it was Kobe and his motivational clips which inspired the team to clinch the title. Kobe might have left us, but his impact is surely widespread.