The news that rock icon David Bowie died at the age of 69 on Sunday spread via news channels and social media with soccer players and managers voicing their sadness at the loss. Bowie was after all a creative visionary who touched every aspect of life not just music.

That was not lost on Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger who was asked about the musician’s death after discussing the week-to-week news – transfer targets, upcoming matches, etc.

“I must say, the message he gave to my generation was very important because it was after the Second World War and it was basically – be strong enough to be yourself,” Wenger answered. “That is a very strong message and very important for my generation.”

Wenger was not alone in his tribute to the musician.

Manchester United’s Juan Mata spoke about the inspiration of Bowie’s music on his weekly blog, saying; “Unfortunately we start this week with the sad news of the death of David Bowie, one of the greatest musical geniuses who has had songs which have inspired millions of people over several decades. His albums and songs will be his legacy.”

A creative genius and influence over us all.. Rest In Peace STARMAN ⭐️

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David Beckham posted on his Instagram ‘A creative genius and influence over us all.  Read In Peace STARMAN

Former Arsenal and England defender Sol Campbell posted several tributes to Bowie on twitter saying in one, ‘A true artist, moved music and people around the world. I salute him! A very sad day. #davidbowie’, and another saying, ‘True Londoner #davidbowie’.

The tributes and remembrances were not only from England.  Former U.S. international and rocker Alexi Lalas retweeted the BBC announcement of Bowie’s death.