Eidur Gudjohnsen has offered to play for Chapecoense following the tragedy in Colombia
Brazilian team Chapecoense were left devastated after a plane carrying their squad to the Copa Sudamericana Final crashed, killing 19 of their first team players and their head coach.
The footballing world was united in grieving for the club after what was a horrible tragedy, and now several players have apparently offered to play for the club to get them back on their feet again.
One of those players is Eidur Gudjohnsen, who took to Twitter to offer his services to the club :
— Eidur Gudjohnsen (@Eidur22Official) December 4, 2016
Gudjohnsen is currently without a club, and was last on the books of FC Pune City but missed the entire ISL season through injury.
The 38-year old is considered a Chelsea legend, having made 186 appearances and scoring 54 goals for the club during a 6 year spell from 2000-2006. He also played for Barcelona, where he was part of the treble-winning side in 2008–09 as Barcelona won La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the UEFA Champions League.
Gudjohnsen played alongside Ronaldinho in that Barcelona side, and by the look of his tweet he is clearly eager to do it again.
Although, at 38, Gudjohnsen might not be able to cope with the rigours of the Brazilian league, in which players sometimes play matches within 48 hours of each other. Gudjohnsen’s age also means that he has become a lot more injury prone, and in the last two seasons, has only managed to complete 14 and 11 games respectively.
There is also no word on whether he has recovered from the pre-season injury that kept him out of the ISL this year, but given the striker’s offer to play, it would appear that he is fully fit. Regardless of how many appearances he does make, however, Gudjohnsen’s addition would provide some much needed cheer to a club and fan base that are still reeling from the events in Colombia.
Ronaldinho has been among a string of big names to offer their services to the Brazilian club, who are still reeling from the loss of so many members of their staff and roster. This is a heartwarming move from players everywhere, and a star-studded roster would go some way to helping Chapecoense move on from the tragedy.