There are a number of photos that have memorialized the boxer as an emerging fighter, a Muslim convert, a comeback sportsman, and a retiree diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
But, these recent photos clicked by a British photographer Zenon Texeira are so fascinating that people all around the world are glad to see.
The photos were published by The Sun, which captures Ali’s waning days in a haunting series of portraits.
Fighting until the very end.
Muhammad Ali’s last portraits are incredibly powerful. Wow. pic.twitter.com/lQ5R3DCZ3x
— BrownBlaze (@brownblaze) June 6, 2016
People referred to these pictures as “GOAT”, that is “Greatest Of All Time.”
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This is how people reacted to his pictures.
In deed it is.
Texeira told The Sun he was “over the moon” with what he captured of the 74-year-old boxer at his home in Phoenix, Arizona.
Texeira described Ali’s eyes as being “pretty as ever” and told the tabloid that the fighter was in “good spirits.”
“It was an absolute pleasure and privilege to photograph one of the biggest icons this planet has ever seen,” Texeira said. “To capture his majesty with such intimacy fulfills a dream. I feel blessed to have met my all-time sporting hero.”
“His legacy will never be forgotten,” said Texeira, who was nervous about photographing one of the most photographed people in history. “These unique portraits add to the giant tapestry of imagery that recorded the Champ’s life.”
Gordon Smart, the editor of the The Sun’s edition featuring the photo series, explained the portraits show him “dignified” with “a smile inside.”
— Jon Star (@Jon_Star) June 5, 2016