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Brazil footballers killed in crash:  Neymar, Wayne Rooney, Sergio Aguero react

Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense, heading for the biggest game in their history, were on board a plane that crashed in Colombia killing 76 people. The footballing world expressed grief and offered its condolences.

football Updated: Nov 29, 2016 16:58 IST
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Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense, heading for the biggest game in their history, were on board a plane carrying 81 people that crashed in Colombia killing 76 people, police said on Tuesday. Chapecoense, from Brazil’s top league, had been flying to face Atletico Nacional of Medellin in the first leg of Wednesday’s Sudamericana final, South America’s equivalent of the Europa League.

Footballing world expressed grief and offered its condolences.

Brazil and Barcelona star Neymar said on Instagram, “Impossible to believe this tragedy, impossible to believe this event. Impossible to believe that the plane crashed, impossible to believe that athletes, humans were on this plane, impossible to believe that these people left their families .. THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE TO BELIEVE !!! Today the world cries, but heaven rejoices in receiving Champions. My feelings to all family and friends 😥😓😢😭 STRENGTH CHAPE. (sic)”

The Barcelona squad held a minute’s silence.

England captain and Manchester United star Wayne Rooney joined in.

Argentina and Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero also took to Twitter.

India’s Sunil Chhetri and Bhaichung Bhutia also expressed grief.

Legends Luis Figo, Cafu and Brazil president Michel Temer stood in support.

But most potent remains Chapecoense’s tribute. The club changed its insignia from green to black following the tragedy.