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Luis Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo post exact same heartfelt condolence message to Kobe Bryant

Luis Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo have paid a heartfelt tribute to Kobe Bryant following his tragic death on Sunday – but fans have accused the retired star of copying his compatriot word for word.

While the message was sincere and touching, the word-for-word tweets prompted many to call out Figo for a lack of effort with the only difference between the two posts was the accompanying images of the late NBA legend.

Ronaldo was first to post his message on Sunday afternoon which featured an image of Bryant holding a basketball to his head. 

Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Figo have posted the same condolence message to Kobe Bryant

Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash along with his daughter and seven others on Sunday

Three hours later, Figo followed up with the same message along with a picture of himself alongside Bryant. 

Both tweets read: 'So sad to hear the heartbreaking news of the deaths of Kobe and his daughter Gianna.

'Kobe was a true legend and inspiration to so many.

'Sending my condolences to his family and friends and the families of all who lost their lives in the crash. RIP Legend.' 

Following the gaffe, a handful of followers hit out at Figo for copying and pasting the message to his social media pages. 

One Twitter user questioned and accused Figo of copying Ronaldo's condolence message

Another user also pointed out how the messages were word for word on Monday

However, one fan pointed out that Figo is unlikely to have control over his Twitter account

One user said: 'Why have you tweeted the exact same as Cristiano? Not saying you aren't gutted or sorry, but think of your own message not copy and paste.'

Another agreed by saying: 'Man, you just copied Cristiano's post... shame.'

While many were annoyed at the former Barcelona and Real Madrid star, one user pointed out that Figo unlikely doesn't control his account.

He said: 'Some famous people don't control their personal accounts. Don't roast.' 

Bryant and daughter Gianna (pictured on December 29) were killed in the crash on Sunday

The Portuguese pair do not share the same agent or PR team, which has led to the confusion over tributes.

Bryant, his daughter Gianna, 13, and seven others died in the crash on Sunday morning after the private helicopter they were travelling in came down in the hills of Calabasas, California.

David Beckham, LeBron James and thousands of other sport stars have all paid tribute to Bryant following his untimely death.