Colombia Plane Crash: Chapecoense goalkeeper Danilo who died in tragic plane crash wins fans’ player of the year award in Brazil


Chapecoense goalkeeper Danilo has been named Brazilian player of the year two weeks after his death.

The 31-year-old was one of 19 players who died in the Colombia plane crash on November 28 which claimed 71 lives in all.

But the goalkeeper scooped the top prize in the public vote in recognition of his impressive displays throughout what had been a brilliant season for the club.

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Danilo turned in a series of dazzling performances as Chapecoense embarked on their best ever A-League season which also saw them reach the final of the Copa Scudamericana.

The side was on the way to play the first leg of the final when the LaMia flight they were travelling on crashed amid suggestions it had run out of fuel.

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Just three people survived the crash.

Danilo’s mother Ilaides Padilha travelled to Rio de Janeiro to collect the player of the year award on behalf of her son.

She said: “In the name of Chapecoense, I want to thank everyone for their affection and ask for their prayers.

“May the future warriorrs that come to Chapecoense be like the warriors that left there.”

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Danilo took 48 per-cent of the fan vote for the award, while Manchester City’s new signing Gabriel Jesus was named Football Writers’ player of the year.

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