21:23 GMT14 May 2021
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    The greatest mind of our generation has passed away and many took to Twitter to pay their tribute to him, including the Paris Saint Germain star.

    Neymar posted a photo of himself in a wheelchair with a protective medical boot over his injured ankle as a “tribute” to the late theoretical physicist.

    In the post the footballer said, “You have to have a positive attitude and get the best out of the situation you are in. Stephen Hawking.”

    ​Fans were quick to slam the 26-year-old over the apparent comparison.

    Many said that the post was in poor taste and was a publicity stunt.

    ​“He used the death of Stephen Hawking and his disability to publicize his recovery for a broken leg. Repulsive.”

    Another user said, “Neymar cannot be your favorite footballer anymore.”

    Neymar's post was seemingly posted with good intentions, but came in for heavy criticism.

    ​Britain’s legendary astrophysicist passed away at the age of 76 on Wednesday. Hawking had suffered from a strain of a motor neuron disease since the age of 22 when he was given just two years to live.


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