As so often happens after tragic events, inspiring stories have begun to emerge following the Medellin plane crash that killed 71 people, and all but three members of Brazil’s Chapecoense football club.
With the club’s roster and coaching staff almost completely wiped out in the plane crash, the world’s football community has selflessly united to help out in any way they can to help the club in their effort to move forward.
In a controversial move, completely lacking any empathy under the circumstances, the Brazilian Football Confederation has ordered Chapecoense to play their final Serie A match of the season.
Brazilian clubs have offered to loan their players to the club for free to help out, and now former FIFA world player of the year, Ronaldinho, and former Argentine star Juan Roman Riquelme have offered to play for the club.
Roberto Assis, the agent and brother of the former Brazilian national team star confirmed his intentions.
“I can only say that we are here and we want to help.” He added, “As Brazilians, we feel involved. We are together.”
Ronaldinho’s gesture is the latest in a week where the world has mourned and paid tribute to the fallen club.
In what was supposed to be the night of the first match of the Copa Sudamericana Final between Chapecoense and Colombia’s Atlético Nacional on Wednesday, Atlético fans filled the stadium and the surrounding street in a moving tribute to the fallen club.
Sports is at its best when it helps to heal or inspire, not just entertain. In the face of tragedy, this is truly the best of sports.
— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) December 1, 2016
Atlético Nacional fans filled inside and outside stadium for no match.. Just as tribute to Chapecoense. Incredible! pic.twitter.com/AqLSToTDzI
— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStats2) December 1, 2016