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Chapecoense Goalkeeper Danilo Who Died In Plane Crash Named Brazilian Player of the Year

Chapecoense Goalkeeper Danilo Who Died In Plane Crash Named Brazilian Player of the Year

Chapecoense goalkeeper Danilo, who died in the plane crash tragedy, has been named Brazilian Player of the Year.

The 25-year-old stopper won the posthumous gong which was voted for by fans.

Keeper’s heroics

The tragic keeper was the clear winner with 48% of the vote, the Guardian reports, and he is credited as the man who secured their place in the final of the Copa Sudamericana final after a last-gasp save in the semi-final against San Lorenzo.

Upon collecting his award at a ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, Danilo’s mother said: “In the name of Chapecoense, I want to thank everyone for their affection and ask for their prayers.

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

Club in mourning

Danilo was among 71 people who lost their lives in the tragic plane crash  as the club made their way to the major South American final.

Coaches, directors and journalists were killed along with 19 first team players when the aircraft went down in Colombia.

As the club continues to mourn its dreadful loss and begin to rebuild, they have also decided to pay tribute to the crash victims.

Last week Chapecoense announced that they would be changing their badge in honour of those who were killed.

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