Leeds honour SA legends with RocNation

English Premier League

Leeds United have honoured two South African football legends with an incredible mural to celebrate their new partnership with RocNation.

After returning to the Premier League after 16 years, the famous English club has signed a lucrative deal to join the bourgeoning agency founded by rap legend Jay-Z.

Scroll through the gallery above to see the incredible murals honouring the SA legends

Having recently signed Springbok superstars Siya Kolisi, Cheslin Kolbe and Proteas fast bowler Lungi Ngidi - Lucas Radebe and Albert Johanneson have now been the latest South African affiliation to the brand.

Radebe, the former United and Bafana Bafana captain is widely considered as one of their greatest ever players after 11 years at the club was honoured alongside the Germiston-born winger and current captain Kalvin Phillips in the Leeds city-centre. 

Painted by street artist Akse P19, Johanneson represents one of the first black players to play in the English top-flight and was the first African player to feature in a FA Cup final in 1965.

Johanneson, who died in 1995 at the age of 55 is often recognised as the figure who paved the way for black African footballers towards superstardom in English football. 

Roc Nation's vice president of strategic marketing and communications Kelly Hogarth explained to Sky Sports this week why they partnered up with the historic club.

 "It's the first Premier League partnership that Roc Nation have embarked on. Obviously, we're a huge entertainment company and we saw great potential for collaboration with the club.

"We've had a few approaches from different clubs about working together and collaborating, but I think there was real defined, strategic vision from the Leeds ownership that we really bought into and there was a real defined blueprint for success.

"We were looking for a partner who wanted to challenge the norm, wanted to try new things and experiment and talk to their fanbase differently. It was a great opportunity and one the entire agency is thrilled about."

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