Kobe Bryant and Ronaldinho pose with young footballers at Aterro do Flamengo in Rio.
Kobe Bryant with Brasilian striker Leandro Damiao at Arena Selecao store opening in São Paulo.
Kobe Bryant and Ronaldinho watched local kids play football in Rio.
Kobe helps judge the dunk contest at São Paulo’s Ibirapuera Park.
Kobe Bryant at the opening of the Arena Selecao store.
More than 3,000 fans turned out as Bryant oversaw a basketball clinic and dunk contest in São Paulo’s Ibirapuera Park.
Kobe and Ronaldinho greet young fans at Aterro do Flamengo.
Kobe Bryant answers questions at the opening of the Arena Selecao store.
Kobe and Ronaldinho
Kobe thrilled fans at São Paulo’s Ibirapuera Park.
The basketball icon opens Arena Selecao football store and meets icons Ronaldo, Neymar and Ronaldinho.
Global basketball star Kobe Bryant, a diehard football fan, fulfilled a long-held ambition last weekend to visit Brasil – the spiritual home of football – to immerse himself in the culture of the beautiful game.
The Black Mamba Tour included stops in São Paulo, Salvador and Rio de Janeiro. In São Paulo, Bryant stopped traffic and greeted lines of fans outside the opening of Nike's exclusive “Arena Selecao” store designed to celebrate Brasilian football. During the tour Bryant spent time with football icons Ronaldo, Neymar and Ronaldinho, and with the Brasilian football team fresh off their victory over Italy in South America’s premier football tournament.
Bryant joined with Brasilian striker Leandro Damião in greeting young fans at the Arena Selecao opening. Next up was a visit to São Paulo’s Ibirapuera Park, where he met basketball hall of famer and family friend Oscar Schmidt along with Brasilian basketball stars Leandro Barbosa and Anderson Varejão. More than 3,000 fans turned out to see the players as Bryant oversaw a basketball clinic and dunk contest.
The Black Mamba tour then departed for Salvador for a memorable day at the Brasil vs. Italy match, where Bryant was hosted by legendary footballer Ronaldo and enjoyed a standout performance and goal from Barcelona-bound striker Neymar.
Finally the tour touched down in Rio de Janeiro where Bryant met yet another icon of the game, Ronaldinho. Both enjoyed a visit to Aterro do Flamingo, a grassroots football space, to watch a football tournament of aspiring young players. The event ended as the tour began — with Bryant enjoying time with a large crowd of Brasilian basketball and football fans.