The football world united to pay tribute after Monday’s tragic plane crash that claimed the lives of 75 people.
Brazilian football club Chapecoense was devastated by the catastrophe after just three of the 22 members on board survived the crash.
The Serie A outfit was travelling from Santa Cruz, Bolivia to Medellin, Colombia to play a Copa Sudamerica finals match Wednesday against Atletico Nacional when an emergency was declared due to electrical failures.
Reports indicate 75 people died after the plane crashed into a mountainous region near the Colombian capital.
On Tuesday, Chapecoense tweeted a video of the team celebrating their victory to reach the Copa Sudamerica finals, with the caption, “Let this be the last image of our warriors.”
— Chapecoense (@ChapecoenseReal) November 29, 2016
Along with paying its respects, Chapecoense’s opponents in the Copa Sudamericana final have reportedly insisted the Brazilian side be named honourary champions of the continental competition:
Atletico Nacional have asked CONMEBOL to award the Copa Sudamericana to Chapecoense following the tragedy.
— Roy Nemer (@RoyNemer) November 29, 2016
— Atlético Nacional (@nacionaloficial) November 29, 2016
Meanwhile, Chapecoense players who didn’t make the fateful trip were pictured in the team’s dressing room in a state of shock:
Desolación total en el vestuario de Chapecoense. Los jugadores que no hicieron el viaje, devastados. Qué jornada tan jodida. pic.twitter.com/acgTMar1oC
— Invictos (@InvictosSomos) November 29, 2016
Fans gathered outside the team’s stadium during a moment of silence, followed by applause after learning the tragic news:
— Folha de S.Paulo (@folha) November 29, 2016
Former and current Brazilian stars took to social media Tuesday as well to pay tribute to the Serie A outfit:
— Cafu. (@officialcafu) November 29, 2016
Minhas orações a tragédia de hoje, peço a Deus que conforte os familiares, amigos e envolvidos. Meu mais profundo sentimento. pic.twitter.com/RWGF2F9CzJ
— Kaka (@KAKA) November 29, 2016
— Neymar Jr (@neymarjr) November 29, 2016
FIFA president Gianni Infantino expressed his shock and paid respects to those affected in a brief statement:
This is a very, very sad day for football. We are so sorry to hear about the airplane crash in Colombia, it is shocking and tragic news. At this difficult time our thoughts are with the victims, their families and friends. FIFA would like to extend its most heartfelt condolences to the fans of Chapecoense, the football community and media organisations concerned in Brazil.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 29, 2016
My thoughts and affection are with the victims and families of the terrible tragedy of Chapecoense. RIP pic.twitter.com/ROkID7x9N1
— Carlo Ancelotti (@MrAncelotti) November 29, 2016
— Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) November 29, 2016
Deeply affected by Medellin’s plane crash. I shared locker with Cleber Santana and it’s difficult to reveal how I feel. A huge hug. pic.twitter.com/TdeNzssZFN
— David De Gea (@D_DeGea) November 29, 2016
— Luís Figo (@LuisFigo) November 29, 2016