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Neymar, Mbappe and Pogba express grief after Notre Dame cathedral fire

  /  autty

Some of the leading stars of world football have taken to social media to express their grief and sadness after seeing the horrifying inferno at Notre Dame cathedral.

The roof of the 850-year-old building caved in on Monday night after catching fire, leaving Paris in mourning.

PSG forward Neymar posted a drawing of fictional character Quasimodo, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, crying alongside the words: 'Pray for France'.

And Neymar's club-mate Kylian Mbappe uploaded a photo of the burning building to Instagram and captioned it with a crying emoji next to the French flag.

Interviewed at the end of the draw between Leganes and Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane also referred to the fire: "It's complicated, I do not wish it on anyone. These things can not happen, I do not know what happened."

Former England captain David Beckham, who played for PSG in 2013, responded to Mbappe's post with three praying emojis.

Arsenal's French striker Alexandre Lacazette uploaded the same photo, while Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba shared an image of the cathedral standing tall and proud prior to the fire.

Pogba attached a broken heart emoji plus a cartoon picture of himself crying.

Ex-England striker Gary Lineker wrote: 'This is so horrendously sad. History literally burning before our eyes.'

Chelsea icon Didier Drogba added: 'Sad forThe Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris'.

French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to rebuild Notre Dame with help from the international community.

Speaking on Monday night just hours after the roof of the iconic building caved in, Macron told the world's assembled press that a national fundraising campaign to restore Notre Dame would be launched Tuesday, and he called on the world's 'greatest talents' to help.

The French leader credited the 'courage' and 'great professionalism' of firefighters with sparing Notre Dame's facade and two landmark towers from being destroyed.