According to aviation specialist tracking sites, Messi and his Argentine teammates were travelling to San Juan for their World Cup qualifying match against Colombia which the hosts won 3-0. Messi had scored the opener in that match with a brilliant free-kick.
The crash killed 71 people and wiped out Brazil’s Chapecoense soccer team en route to a cup final in Colombia.
Only six people — three players, a journalist and two crew members — survived the crash on Monday night when Chapecoense’s charter plane, a BAe 146 made by BAE Systems Plc, hit a mountain en route to their Copa Sudamericana showdown in Medellin. Goalkeeper Jackson Follmann had his right leg amputated, said the San Vicente Foundation Hospital outside Medellin.
Messi did not know about the fact that he had travelled on the same aircraft that met a tragic end. Messi and his Barcelona teammate Neymar were the first to pay tributes to the players on social media.
Football legends Pele and Maradona as well as superstar Cristiano Ronaldo joined the football world paying tributes to the players of Chapecoense Real, a humble team whose march to glory — they entered the top tier of Brazilian league in 2014 — was cut abruptly short.
“The pain is terrible. Just as we had made it, I will not say to the top, but to have national prominence, a tragedy like this happens,” club vice-president Ivan Tozzo told Globo SporTV. “It is very difficult, a very great tragedy.”
Brazil have ordered three days of national mourning for the team.
Internet Desk: In a tragic incident a footballer died while playing the game on field in Mumbai. The incident occurred on a football field in Mumra near Kalyan. Ashoke Maity a 33 year old footballer died of a stroke while he was about to take the tie-breaker shot for his team Tarun Sporting Club a second division club in the Maha League. Ashoke was a die-hard football fanatic and worked in the Gold manufacturing area of Javeri Bazar in Mumbai.
After taking the tie-breaker shot Ashok fell on the ground, everyone thought he must have gone unconscious. There was no doctor or Ambulance for the second division match on the ground. The tragedy amplified when the referee and the linesmen present didn’t have the knowledge of Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, commonly known as CPR, it is an emergency procedure that combines chest compression often with artificial ventilation in an effort to manually preserve intact brain function until further measures are taken to restore spontaneous blood circulation and breathing in a person who is in cardiac arrest. This goes to show the terrible neglect our sportsmen still face when medical supervision is concerned on the field throughout the country. After lying on the ground for over half an hour he was rushed to a local hospital where he was declared brought dead.
Ashok originates from Sinthi in North Kolkata. In Javeri Bazar area he was a very popular figure who ardently played football.
Another Club official Jeorgi Saha said, “We are trying to arrange a charity match on his memory to raise funds to help his family”.
Death on Football field has occured earlier too. One tragedy struck the final of the 26th Federation Cup football championship on December 2004. Dempo won the match 2-0 but lost its star striker Cristiano Junior moments after he scored his second goal against Mohun Bagan, a goal which turned out to be his last. The Brazilian player collided with Mohun Bagan goalkeeper Subrata Pal and crashed to the turf. In the 1993-94 Santosh Trophy tournament at Kannur, Indian Railways’ Sanjib Datta died after being hit in the solar plexus while going for the ball.