Neymar: Chapecoense plane crash tragedy 'impossible to believe'
South American world football superstars have led tributes for the Brazilian team killed in a plane crash.
Among the at-least 75 dead in the Tuesday crash was the Chapecoense football team travelling to Colombia for the Copa Sudamericana final.
Brazil football superstar Neymar struggled for words in tribute for the victims, saying it was "impossible to believe this tragedy".
"It's impossible to believe this tragedy, impossible to believe what happened, impossible to believe that the plane crashed, impossible to believe that athletes, human beings were on this plane, impossible to believe that these people left their families. ... Today the world cries, but heaven rejoices in receiving Champions," Neymar said.
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Impossível acreditar nessa tragédia, impossível acreditar no ocorrido, impossível acreditar que o avião caiu, impossível acreditar que atletas, seres humanos estavam nesse avião, impossível acreditar que essas pessoas deixaram suas famílias .. é IMPOSSÍVEL ACREDITAR!!! Hoje o Mundo chora, mas o céu se alegra em receber Campeões. Meus sentimentos a todos os familiares e amigos 😥😓😢😭 FORÇA CHAPE 👊🏽🙏🏽🙌🏽
Brazil football legend Pele said the loss as tragic
"Brazilian football is in mourning. It is such a tragic loss. My sincere condolences to the families of the deceased. Rest in peace," Pele said.
Stars from traditional Brazil sporting rival Argentina also paid tribute, led by football superstar Lionel Messi.
"My deepest condolences go to all of the families, friends and supporters of the Associao Chapecoense de Futebol squad. #FuerzaChape," Messi said in a Facebook post.
Argentina football legend Diego Maradona also commented on Facebook.
"My condolences to the families of the Brazilian Chapecoense team, and of all the people who died in this tragic plane crash in Colombia. Unfortunately, these kids, who were making their way in soccer, took the wrong plane. From this day on, I'm a fan of Chapecoense."
Football world governing body Fifa also paid tribute with a message from president Gianni Infantino on their website.
"This is a very, very sad day for football. We are so sorry to hear about the airplane crash in Colombia, it is shocking and tragic news. At this difficult time our thoughts are with the victims, their families and friends. Fifa would like to extend its most heartfelt condolences," Infantino said.
WORLD SPORT TRIBUTES
Mis condolencias al @ChapecoenseReal y a las familias de todas las víctimas del accidente de avión.— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) November 29, 2016
Sad news to wake up to today. Thoughts are with @ChapecoenseReal and their family and friends.— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) November 29, 2016
FOOTBALL PLANE DISASTERS
The following are other air disasters which have involved football teams:
* 1949. The plane carrying Italian club side Torino back from a match against Benfica in Lisbon crashed into the Superga hill during its approach to Turin airport. All 31 on board were killed including the 18-strong squad, devastating the finest team in the club's history. Shortly afterwards, Torino went on to win a fifth Serie A title in a row, although they have only it once since then, in 1975/76.
* 1958. Eight Manchester United players (Busby's Babes) were among 23 people killed when their plane crashed on takeoff from Munich following a technical stop. The flight was taking them back to Manchester from a European Cup match in Belgrade. The 21 survivors included Bobby Charlton who was 20 at the time and went on to become one of England's finest players, winning the World Cup in 1966.
* 1960. Eight Danish footballers, on their way to a trial to select the Denmark team for the Rome Olympic Games soccer tournament, were killed when their plane crashed into the Oresund strait after takeoff from Copenhagen. Denmark went on to win the silver medal.
* 1969. Players from Bolivian team The Strongest were among 78 people killed when the flight carrying them from the lowland city of Santa Cruz crashed at Viloco, near La Paz.
* 1979. Seventeen players and coaching officials from Pakhtakor Tashkent were among 178 killed when the flight taking them to a Soviet league match at Dinamo Minsk was involved in a mid-air collision over what is now Ukraine. Pakhtakor were the only team from present day Uzbekistan to play in the top flight of the Soviet league.
* 1987. Sixteen players from Peruvian league leaders Alianza Lima, plus officials and coaching stuff, were among 43 killed when a flight bringing them back from a championship match in Pucallpa crashed on approach to Lima airport. Only the captain survived.
* 1989. Fourteen Dutch footballers of Surinamese heritage were among 176 people killed when Surinam Airways flight 764 crashed on its approach to Paramaribo after a flight from Amsterdam. The footballers played for different professional teams in the Netherlands and had formed a team called "The Colourful 11" to play exhibition matches against local side in the South American country.
* 1993. All 30 people on board a chartered Zambian Air Force flight, including 18 players from the country's national team, were killed when it crashed into the sea off the coast of Gabon shortly after taking off following a refuelling stop. The team was on its way to Senegal for a World Cup qualifier. Kalusha Bwalya, the team captain and now president of the Zambia football federation, was not on board as he was travelling to the game separately. In 2012, Zambia won the African Nations Cup for the only time, beating Ivory Coast on penalties in a final played at in Libreville just a few kilometres from the crash site.