Messi's message to Kobe Bryant: A genius like few others has left us

The Barcelona paid tribute to the ex-Laker who died on Sunday

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Kobe Bryant's death has had a huge impact across the world of sport and beyond. Tributes have been pouring in for the basketball great, with Barcelona star Lionel Messi among those to post a message. 

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Messi posted an image of the former Los Angeles Laker player, who he worked with for Adidas, producing adverts, on his social media pages. 

"I have no words," Messi wrote. "Sending all my love to Kobe's friends and family. It was a pleasure to know him and share some good moments together. A genius like few others has left us." 

Bryant, 41, died in a helicopter crash on Sunday in California. One of his four daughters also died in the incident, along with a number of other people on the helicopter. There were no survivors.

Here is the post made by Messi:

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