Retired Football Greats, Ronaldinho And Riquelme Offer To Play For Chapecoense For FREE.
Legendary South American Football pair Ronaldinho and Juan Roman Riquelme are reportedly ready to come out of retirement to play for Chapecoense.
This is following the plane crash which devastated the Brazilian team on the eve of their Copa Sudamerica final with Atletico Nacional.
Teams from across South America have already offered Chape players to help the bereaved club get back on their feet.
A call has been made to have the Brazillian club side exempt from relegation for three years.
Ballon d’Or winning Ronaldinho and four time Argentine Player Of The Year, Riquelme would also be willing to represent the club for free.
According to reports, the South American duo are offering to represent the club for at least a season.
The news was broken by Artur Petrosyan, a Russian football expert.
Petrosyan contributes to The Guardian, New York Times, BBC, CNN and Sky Sports.
He tweeted the news, this afternoon saying:
“Ronaldinho and Riquelme have offered to come out of retirement and play for #Chapocoence for a year or two for free. Legends.”
Ronaldinho And Riquelme To Play For Chapecoense For Free
At the moment, these reports are yet to be confirmed. We will have updates as reports continue to come through.
According to The Mirror’s Ed Malyon, Riquelme’s camp have denied the story.
“Don’t get carried away with rumours of Ronaldinho and Riquelme joining Chapecoense.
“Story denied by those close to the Argentine.”
However, there is still no word from anyone in Ronaldinho’s camp.
On Tuesday, a plane carrying members of a Brazilian football team, Chapecoense, to Colombia crashed.
The chartered aircraft carrying 81 people including the Brazilian first division soccer team crashed on its way to Medellin’s international airport.
The teams aboard the plane were heading to Colombia for a regional tournament final.
The plane which took off from Bolivia, was flying over the town of La Union at around 10 pm.
Electrical flaws were reported on the aircraft and the plane crashed less than twenty four miles from an airport in northwestern Colombia.
Colombian authorities have said that at least five persons has survived out of the 81 people aboard.