This haunting picture shows a boy sitting alone mourning the loss of his favourite team’s players after they were killed in a plane crash on the way to the club’s biggest game.
The crash near Medellin killed 71 people, with only six survivors, including goalkeeper Jackson Follmann and defender Alan Ruschel, who doctors said suffered spinal injuries.
Chapecoense had been travelling to play Athletico Nacional to play the Copa Sudamerica final, the biggest game in the club’s history.
But they would not make it after the jet they were flying in crashed at about 10.15pm.after suffering ‘electric failures’ while over the mountainous Antioquia Department.
The crash was so severe it broke the plane in two.
The picture of the boy is one of a number of heartbreaking images to surface yesterday with others showing players who did not travel sat in the club’s changing rooms.
Images of the non-travelling players came just days after the footballers were filmed celebrating wildly in the same room as they reached the final of the competition.
In total nine of the club’s player didn’t travel to the stadium including Alejandro Martinuccio, Nenem, Demerson, Marcelo Boeck, Andrei, Hyoran, Nivaldo, Moises and Rafael Lima.
Martinuccio, who has also played for Villarreal, was nursing an injury,
The 28-year-old told Argentina’s La Red radio: ‘I was saved because I got injured.
‘I feel profound sadness. The only thing I can ask is prayers for the companions who were on the flight.’
The other eight players who did not travel have been named locally as Neném, Demerson, Marcelo Boeck, Andrei, Hyoran, Nivaldo, Moisés and Rafael Lima.
Meanwhile, Matheus Saroli, son of Chapecoense’s coach Caio Junior, who died in the crash, revealed how he didn’t board the flight as he had forgotten his passport.