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Ronaldinho vows to help club rebuild after plane crash

By Robert Jones

Former Brazil forward Ronaldinho is determined to do what he can to help Chapecoense's efforts to start again after the devastating plane crash in Colombia, according to his brother.

Just three of the team were named among the six survivors of the crash, which killed 71 people.

Brazil's leading football clubs have already pledged to loan players to Chapecoense for free and asked for them to be safeguarded from relegation from the top flight for the next three seasons.

Reports also emerged Ronaldinho would be willing to offer his services for free to Chapecoense, which saw messages posted on the official Facebook page of the 36-year-old 2002 World Cup winner urging him to pull his boots on once again.

Roberto Assis, the player's brother and agent, confirmed that Ronaldinho had been deeply moved by the tragic events and wanted to help, although ruled out an immediate prospect of a return to action.

"He (Ronaldinho) fits the profile, can be the right guy, but the moment is to help families and it would be (wrong) to create expectations for now," Assis said.

"The fact people remember Ronaldinho's name shows that he is loved and also because he is now without a club. As Brazilians, we all feel involved, we are together.

"But now it is a very difficult time with what has just happened.

"I do not know whether there would be a game or some kind of link, but later on if there is contact, we can talk.

"I can only say that we are here and we want to help."

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