• Franz Beckenbauer has passed away
  • Stars mourn the German football star
  • See the touching posts here

The death of Franz Beckenbauer (†78) on January 7 shocked soccer fans around the world. They bid farewell to "Der Kaiser" on social media, and the tributes also include moving words from colleagues and celebrities alike. 

They mourn Franz Beckenbauer

"A unique sportsman, a great ambassador for German soccer, world champion as a player and coach, a shining light, but above all a person and even more of a family man. I had the great fortune to interview him on stage several times and to have interesting conversations with him, always warm, always friendly... A great person has passed away, he will be missed, not only by German soccer" Joachim Llambi (59) writes on Instagram. 

Rea Garvey (50) shares a picture with Beckenbauer on the platform, which shows them at a golf tournament together. "@franzbeckenbauer was a great man who took the time for conversation, his enthusiasm towards football was infectious. The times we had the chance to talk I always felt he was in the moment, present, right there."

Soccer stars mourn Beckenbauer

In his Instagram story, Lionel Messi (36) commemorates the "Emperor" with a simple "QEPD." Xabi Alonso (42) writes: "Rest in peace, Kaiser!" Manuel Neuer (37) also commemorates the soccer legend in his Instagram story. 

Rest in peace, Franz. 

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