Kevin Pietersen gets a tattoo in memory of Muhammad Ali
The world lost yet another fine athlete as Muhammad Ali, one of the greatest sports icons of all time transcended to the heavenly abode last morning. Also known as The Louisville Lip, Muhammad Ali was 74 at the time of his death. A gold medalist at the 1960 Rome Olympics, Muhammad Ali was battling a number of respiratory complications for the last one month. With an impressive record of 56 wins in 61 bouts, Ali is undoubtedly one of the best boxers that the world has ever witnessed.
As the 74-year-old finally succumbed to the aforementioned respiratory complications at Scottsdale, Arizona, a host of tributes have been constantly pouring in from all parts of the world. And it’s not only his fans who are mourning the passing away of the boxing legend but a ton of sportspersons has paid their final tribute to The People’s Champion.
The 35-year-old English cricketer, Kevin Pieterson has also come up with his very own heart-warming way to pay his ultimate homage to Muhammad Ali. More famously known as KP, Pieterson has gone on to get a tattoo of Muhammad Ali on his right hand. The out-of-favour English cricketer has also gone on to post his new tattoo on Instagram yesterday with the caption, ‘He talked the talk & walked the walk! He was the GREATEST sports person ever!’
Here is Pieterson’s aforementioned Instagram post which features the image of his latest tattoo:
Both the athletes have been in the thick of numerous controversies throughout the lengths of their respective careers. Both Kevin Pieterson and Muhammad Ali have voiced their protests against certain establishments on a number of occasions.
Born and brought up in South Africa, Kevin Pieterson didn’t only voice his protest against the racial quota system in the Rainbow Nation but he had also moved to England in order to stamp his dissent. Similarly, Muhammad Ali had also refused to participate in the Vietnam War (1966), as he later stated, “War is against the teachings of the Holy Quran. I'm not trying to dodge the draft. We are not supposed to take part in no wars unless declared by Allah or The Messenger. We don't take part in Christian wars or wars of any unbelievers."