Footballing legend Ronaldinho has reportedly offered to come out of retirement to play for Chapecoense as the club rebuilds itself from a plane crash that killed a majority of their squad, coaches and staff.
Despite the appeals from the club and other teams, Chapecoense’s acting president confirmed that the Brazilian Football Confederation had ordered Chapecoense to fulfil their playing obligations and play their final match using junior players.
According to reports, Ronaldinho’s agent and brother Roberto Assis told Globo Esporte that the former Barcelona player is “ready to help”.
Alongside Ronaldinho, former Argentinian footballer Juan Roman Riqeulme has also offered to play for free.
The news come after a string of heartwarming responses from the footballing world to the tragic plane crash that struck the Brazilian football team.
Earlier this week, five of Brazil’s top teams offered to loan players for free while requesting that the club be exempted from relegation for three seasons.
Atletico Nacional, the team that was meant to play Chapecoense in the Copa Sudamerica finals, also delivered a moving tribute in response to the tragedy, while officially requesting that the latter be named champions for the tournament.