Supporters of retired midfielder Ronaldinho have urged him on social media to play for Chapecoense after an airplane carrying the Brazilian football club’s team members crashed on Monday night in Colombia.
The tragedy claimed lives of 71 people and left six others injured as the plane was carrying the Brazilian side to the Copa Sudamericana final.
With several local clubs offering to loan players to Chapecoense, fans have now taken to social media urging Ronaldinho to offer his services.
Supporters used the hashtag #ronaldinhonachape on the Brazilian’s official Instagram page, calling for him to feature for the grief stricken side.
Speaking to Globo Esporte, Ronaldinho’s manager and brother Roberto Assis said he was open to holding talks on the matter. “It is a very difficult time,” he said. “But, later on, if there is contact, then we can talk.”
Assis added: “I can only say that we are here and we want to help.”
Assis admitted that Ronaldinho fits the required profile for the club since he retired last year. “He [Ronaldinho] fits the profile, and he can be the right guy,” he said. “However, currently it is the moment to help families and it would be wrong to create expectations for now. As Brazilians, we feel involved. We are together.”
Ronaldinho has not played officially since leaving Fluminense in 2015, but has featured in friendlies all over the world.
Chapecoense are expected to begin planning for the future next week.
This article originally appeared on Goal.com
Roberto Assis was quoted by Fox Sports