Johannesburg - FIFA president Sepp Blatter visited the Houghton, Johannesburg, home of the late former president Nelson Mandela on Friday.
Blatter conveyed his condolences to the Mandela family.
"We visited the family together with members of the football family to give special respect and celebrate the life of the greatest humanitarian of our time, Nelson Mandela.
"We reminded the family that their loss is a loss to world football and the world at large.
"Madiba understood the role played by FIFA and football in fighting against apartheid.
"I had a lot of respect for him, for what he represents and stood for.
"Madiba is the biggest icon of our generation. I do not think the world has seen anyone like him during our time.
"He brought people together. He built bridges between enemies.
"It is important that Madiba’s legacy is not forgotten.
"We must never forget the principles he stood for and what he gave up his life for.
"Madiba taught us that we should forgive and he left us with a message of peace.
Mandela died in Johannesburg on 5 December aged 95.