Late Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa was a big fan of Real Madrid and Spain captain, Iker Casillas

The pair met last year in a game between the two countries, where the Real Madrid legendary shot stopper gave 27 year-old Senzo his shirt and the Orlando Pirates goalkeeper said afterwards with a photo on Instagram:

Sadly, the young man did not get more time to stay much longer in the game which made him who he is as his life was cut short by some assailants, thought to be thieves who tried to steal from Kelly Khumalo, pop-star girlfriend of Senzo Meyiwa at her house in Vosloorus Township near Johannesburg on Sunday night.

Meyiwa tried to play the hero as he attempted saving his girlfriend, but was shot dead in the process.

Tributes have poured in for the captain and club skipper who was in goal for PSL Orlando Pirates in their 4-1 win over Ajax Cape Town in a Telkom Cup quarter-final match, the day before.

Most notable of the messages is the one from his hero, Iker Casillas who reacted to the death on his official Instagram with a picture of the goalkeeper accompanying the message: