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A few hours before Muhammad Ali’s death, Cavaliers star Lebron James told ESPN why the boxing legend was so important to the world of sports, referring to him as the G.O.A.T—meaning the “greatest of all time.”

“The reason why he’s the GOAT is not because of what he did in the ring, which was unbelievable, it’s what he did outside of the ring, what he believed in, what he stood for,” James said.

As the news broke on Friday [June 4] the boxing legend  had died, the sports world took to social media to share their thoughts and impact  Ali had on the world of sports.


Muhammad Ali was the first athlete I was truly inspired by. He was a true champion and forever a legend. RIP Muhammad Ali. — Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) June 4, 2016

RIP Muhammad Ali. You will always mean something special to me, Africa and the world. Thank you for all you did. — Yaya Touré (@YayaToure) June 4, 2016

Was one of the most special moments of my life. R.I.P to the one and only @muhammadali #GOAT #hislegacylivesforever

A photo posted by Karl-Anthony Towns (@karltowns) on

The Greatest there will ever be …. The biggest and the best ….. Rest In Peace

A photo posted by David Beckham (@davidbeckham) on

R.I.P to the Greatest thanks for all you done for the WORLD ..Way more then a boxer #Muhammadali #Champ A video posted by Hassan whiteside (@hassanwhiteside) on