Former footballing icons Ronaldinho and Juan Roman Riquelme are willing to help Chapecoense after 19 of their first-team squad were killed in Monday’s plane crash in Colombia.
The two South American legends are reportedly considering to come out of retirement and play for Chapecoense for six months, to help the Brazilian club rebuild after this week’s tragic air crash in Colombia, which all but wiped out the entire squad, The SUN UK reports.
Chapecoense tragically lost 19 players when a plane on route to Columbia for their Copa Sudamericana final against Atletico Nacional crashed – killing 71 people on board.
In an effort to help out the club, both Ronaldinho and former Argentina international Juan Roman Riquelme are reported to be willing to sign for the club and help them out in a desperate time of need.
Ronaldinho’s agent and brother, Roberto Assis, confirmed that the former Brazil international is ready to help out the club in any way possible, though he did stress that no talks have been held as now is not the time to discuss football with the tragedy still fresh in everyone’s minds.
“It is a very difficult time,” Assis told Globo Esporte. “Later on, if there is a contact, we can talk.
“I can only say that we are here and we want to help.
“He (Ronaldinho) fits the profile, can be the right guy. But the moment is to help families and it would be (wrong) to create expectations for now. As Brazilians, we feel involved. We are together.”
While the 38-year-old Riquelme stated that;
“My brother and my friends have asked me to do it so let’s see what happens”.
Ronaldinho and Riquelme have offered to come out of retirement and play for #Chapocoence for a year or two for free. Legends.
— Artur Petrosyan (@arturpetrosyan) December 1, 2016
Juan Roman Riquelme and Ronaldinho have reportedly offered to play for Chapecoense. pic.twitter.com/h7oLhsKr48
— Juan Velazquez (@JuanDirection57) December 1, 2016
Offers of support have come flooding in from throughout the football world with PSG reportedly pledging €40 million to help Chapecoense rebuild the team.