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Sachin Tendulkar mourns Muhammad Ali's passing

News Agencies | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:49 IST

No matter how many records he may have achieved in his glorious career, batting legend Sachin Tendulkar's will always have one regret - not having met his childhood hero, boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

Ali passed away at the age of 74 after losing his long-standing battle against Parkinson's disease on 4 June.

The master blaster took to his Twitter handle to pay rich tributes to Ali, one of the most loved sportsmen in history. "My hero since childhood. I always had a wish to meet you some day but now it will never happen. RIP "The Greatest"," Tendulkar tweeted along with a picture of Ali.

Born Cassius Clay on 17 January 1942 before converting to Islam, the legendary boxer is survived by his fourth wife Lonnie and his nine children - including daughter Laila, who like her father became a world champion boxer.

In 1960, Ali won an Olympic gold medal as a light-heavyweight boxer.

The former three-time world heavyweight champion, who was admitted to a hospital in Phoenix, the United States, with a respiratory problem, breathed his last surrounded by his family and friends.

Reportedly, Ali's family spokesperson Bob Gunnell has confirmed the news while asking for privacy at this time.

Ali took retirement from his illustrious career after a defeat against Trevor Berbick in 1981.


First published: 5 June 2016, 12:54 IST