- Title: Chapecoense crash survivor: "I want Messi's shirt"
- Date: 6th August 2017
- Summary: BARCELONA, SPAIN (AUGUST 6, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF CHAPECOENSE PLAYERS TRAINING CHAPECOENSE FORWARD, WELLINGTON PAULISTA, WITH JOURNALISTS (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) CHAPECOENSE FORWARD, WELLINGTON PAULISTA, SAYING: "We are Brazilians and we have a big love for Neymar, he knows what is good for his future, I hope he succeeds as he had also in Barca." CHAPECOENSE GOALKEEPER, ARTUR MORAES, TRAINING MORAES WITH JOURNALISTS (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) CHAPECOENSE GOALKEEPER, ARTUR MORAES, SAYING: "It's different, it's a festive game, a tribute game to everything that happened with the Chapecoense team and the most important part is the return of Alan, it's a very special moment because we are accompanying him from the beginning to play football again. The feelings are of great joy and happiness to be able to enjoy it." VARIOUS OF CHAPECOENSE PLAYERS TRAINING
- Embargoed: 20th August 2017 19:34
- Keywords: Chapecoense play Barcelona Alan Ruschel swap shirts with Messi friendly Chapecoense air crash
- Location: BARCELONA, SPAIN
- City: BARCELONA, SPAIN
- Country: Spain
- Topics: Soccer,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA0096T0Q893
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Alan Ruschel, one of three Chapecoense players to survive the air crash that killed 71 people in Colombia last year, will return to football on Monday (August 7) in a friendly match against Barcelona.
The plane carrying the Chapecoense squad to the Copa Sudamericana final against Atletico Nacional crashed into the mountains outside Medellin last November, killing all bar six of the 77 people on board.
Left back Ruschel survived, along with defender Neto, while goalkeeper Jakson Follmann had part of his leg amputated.
Speaking to reporters on Sunday (August 6) Ruschel said it was a dream to be playing against Barcelona and said the perfect gift would be to exchange shirts with star player Messi.
Ruschel spent more than two weeks in hospital following the crash and had surgery on a back injury.
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