LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07:  Players and fans take part in the minutes applause to honour the recently departed Nelson Mandela before the start of the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Cardiff City at Selhurst Park on December 07, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Players and fans take part in the minutes applause to honour the recently departed Nelson Mandela before the start of the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Cardiff City at Selhurst Park on December 07, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07:  The Liverpool and West Ham players acknowledge a minutes applause for the late Nelson Mandela prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and West Ham United at Anfield on December 7, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: The Liverpool and West Ham players acknowledge a minutes applause for the late Nelson Mandela prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and West Ham United at Anfield on December 7, 2013 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
HONG KONG - DECEMBER 06:  Jbe Kruger of South Africa during round two of the 2013 Hong Kong Open at The Hong Kong Golf Club on December 6, 2013 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
HONG KONG - DECEMBER 06: Jbe Kruger of South Africa during round two of the 2013 Hong Kong Open at The Hong Kong Golf Club on December 6, 2013 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
England's James Anderson is seen wearing a black armband during their Ashes clash against Australia.     Picture: Reuters/David Gray
England's James Anderson is seen wearing a black armband during their Ashes clash against Australia. Picture: Reuters/David Gray
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 06:  Lebogang Manyama of Ajax Cape Town with his black armband during the Absa Premiership match between Ajax Cape Town and Maritzburg United at Cape Town Stadium on December 06, 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Luigi Bennett/Gallo Images)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 06: Lebogang Manyama of Ajax Cape Town with his black armband during the Absa Premiership match between Ajax Cape Town and Maritzburg United at Cape Town Stadium on December 06, 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Luigi Bennett/Gallo Images)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 06:  a moments silence during the Absa Premiership match between Ajax Cape Town and Maritzburg United at Cape Town Stadium on December 06, 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Luigi Bennett/Gallo Images)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 06: a moments silence during the Absa Premiership match between Ajax Cape Town and Maritzburg United at Cape Town Stadium on December 06, 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Luigi Bennett/Gallo Images)
A moment of silence in honour of former president Nelson Mandela is observed before the NBA clash between the New York Knicks and the Orlando Magic at Madison Square Garden in New York.   Picture: AP Photo/Bill Kostroun
A moment of silence in honour of former president Nelson Mandela is observed before the NBA clash between the New York Knicks and the Orlando Magic at Madison Square Garden in New York. Picture: AP Photo/Bill Kostroun
CARTAGENA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 06:  The Barcelona team pay tribute with one minute silence for the passing of Nelson Mandela prior to the Copa del Rey, Round of 32 match between FC Cartagena and FC Barcelona at Estadio Cartagonova on December 06, 2013 in Cartagena, Spain.  (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
CARTAGENA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 06: The Barcelona team pay tribute with one minute silence for the passing of Nelson Mandela prior to the Copa del Rey, Round of 32 match between FC Cartagena and FC Barcelona at Estadio Cartagonova on December 06, 2013 in Cartagena, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 06: A minute silence for Nelson Mandela who passed away during day 1 of the CSA Boys U/17 Week at University of Stellenbosch Grounds on December 06, 2013 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. (Photo by Carl Fourie/Gallo Images)
STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 06: A minute silence for Nelson Mandela who passed away during day 1 of the CSA Boys U/17 Week at University of Stellenbosch Grounds on December 06, 2013 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. (Photo by Carl Fourie/Gallo Images)
SUN CITY, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 06:  Branden Grace of South Africa observes a minutes silence after the death of South African President Nelson Mandela prior to the continuation of the weather delayed first round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Gary Player CC on December 6, 2013 in Sun City, South Africa.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
SUN CITY, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 06: Branden Grace of South Africa observes a minutes silence after the death of South African President Nelson Mandela prior to the continuation of the weather delayed first round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Gary Player CC on December 6, 2013 in Sun City, South Africa. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
SUN CITY, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 06:  Ernie Els of South Africa observes a minutes silence after the death of South African President Nelson Mandela prior to the continuation of the weather delayed first round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Gary Player CC on December 6, 2013 in Sun City, South Africa.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
SUN CITY, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 06: Ernie Els of South Africa observes a minutes silence after the death of South African President Nelson Mandela prior to the continuation of the weather delayed first round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Gary Player CC on December 6, 2013 in Sun City, South Africa. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
A moment of silence for Nelson Mandela is observed prior to the Montreal Canadiens vs Boston Bruins NHL hockey game in Montreal, Canada.   Picture: AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson
A moment of silence for Nelson Mandela is observed prior to the Montreal Canadiens vs Boston Bruins NHL hockey game in Montreal, Canada. Picture: AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 06:  Australia observe a minutes silence in memory of former South African President Nelson Mandela ahead of day two of the Second Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at Adelaide Oval on December 6, 2013 in Adelaide, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 06: Australia observe a minutes silence in memory of former South African President Nelson Mandela ahead of day two of the Second Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at Adelaide Oval on December 6, 2013 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 06:  England observe a minutes silence in memory of former South African President Nelson Mandela ahead of day two of the Second Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at Adelaide Oval on December 6, 2013 in Adelaide, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 06: England observe a minutes silence in memory of former South African President Nelson Mandela ahead of day two of the Second Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at Adelaide Oval on December 6, 2013 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
India captain MS Dhoni observes a moment of silencein memory of former president Nelson Mandela prior to their ODI against South Africa in Durban on Sunday.    Picture: AP Photo
India captain MS Dhoni observes a moment of silencein memory of former president Nelson Mandela prior to their ODI against South Africa in Durban on Sunday. Picture: AP Photo
XATIVA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 07:  The Real Madrid team pay tribute with one minute silence for the passing of Nelson Mandela prior to the Copa del Rey, Round of 32 match between Olimpic de Xativa and Real Madrid at Estadio La Murta on December 07, 2013 in Xativa, Spain.  (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
XATIVA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 07: The Real Madrid team pay tribute with one minute silence for the passing of Nelson Mandela prior to the Copa del Rey, Round of 32 match between Olimpic de Xativa and Real Madrid at Estadio La Murta on December 07, 2013 in Xativa, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
BURSLEM, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06:  Both teams line up for a minutes applause in memory of Nelson Mandela prior to the FA Cup Second Round match between Port Vale and Salisbury City at Vale Park on December 6, 2013 in Burslem, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
BURSLEM, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Both teams line up for a minutes applause in memory of Nelson Mandela prior to the FA Cup Second Round match between Port Vale and Salisbury City at Vale Park on December 6, 2013 in Burslem, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Sports stars and fans across the world paid moving tributes to fallen icon Nelson Mandela on the weekend after his death on Thursday night.

There were black armbands, ribbons and moments of silence or applause ahead of every match as the sports world stopped to remember the former South African president and struggle hero.