Former Cameroon national team player, Olympic gold medallist and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder, Modeste M'bami, passed away yesterday at the age of 40 due to a heart attack, according to French media sources. “PSG learned with deep sadness of the death today of our former player Modeste M’Bami.
The club offers its sincere condolences to his family and loved ones,” announced PSG on their Twitter page.
During the course of his long and successful career, M'bami played for a large number of clubs across France, Spain, China, and Saudi Arabia, establishing himself as one of the best players in the world.
He is perhaps best known for his time at French clubs Olympique Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain, where he won the French Cup in 2004 and 2006, respectively. He was considered to be one of the best defensive midfielders in the French Ligue 1 during his time at both of these clubs, known for his tenacity and hard-working nature on the pitch during his time at these clubs.
As well as his club career, M'bami also played 37 appearances for the Cameroon national team, in which he played a key role in the team that won gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympics as part of the Cameroon squad. This team, which is often referred to as the "golden generation" of Cameroonian football, included other notable players such as Kameni, Wome, Geremi, Lauren, Mboma, and Eto'o.
M'bami's contributions to the national team did not go unnoticed, as he was named African Footballer of the Year in 2000. After retiring from professional football in 2016, following a brief stint at Le Havre, M'bami turned down an offer to become the coach of the Cameroon national team, which was led by former teammate Rigobert Song at the World Cup in Qatar.
Having retired from professional football after a long and successful career, M'bami lived in Le Havre when he passed away.