Jermain Defoe pays tribute to 'best friend' Bradley Lowery

Premier League footballer Jermain Defoe has paid tribute to six-year-old mascot Bradley Lowery as his "best friend" and said he will continue to inspire him.

Jermain Defoe pays tribute to 'best friend' Bradley Lowery

Premier League footballer Jermain Defoe has paid tribute to six-year-old mascot Bradley Lowery as his "best friend" and said he will continue to inspire him.

Bradley, whose battle with a rare childhood cancer captured hearts, died at home in Blackhall, County Durham, in his parents' arms on Friday, surrounded by his family.

He struck up a close friendship with the England and Bournemouth striker who hugged Bradley when the boy joined the footballer as a mascot on the pitch ahead of matches.

Defoe tweeted: "Goodbye my friend gonna miss u lots.

"I feel so blessed God brought u into my life and had some amazing moments with u and for that I'm so grateful.

"I'll never ever forget the way u looked at me wen I met u for the first time, the genuine love in those cute eyes.

"Really finding it hard to find words to express what u mean to me.

"The way u say my name, ur little smiles wen the cameras come out like a little superstar and the love I felt wen I was with u.

"Your courage and bravery will continue to inspire me for the rest of my life. You will never know what a difference you made to me as a person.

"God has you in his arms and I will always carry you in my heart. Sleep tight little one. My best friend. ,,)"

A week before his death, Bradley and Defoe were pictured snuggled up together at the youngster's home after the little boy had a party in bed as a way of saying goodbye.

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