Monday was an emotional day for Chapecoense’s Alan Ruschel.
The left-back made his first appearance in an organized game for the Brazilian club since surviving the tragic plane crash in November that killed most of the squad and coaching staff.
His first appearance in eight months just so happened to be at the Camp Nou against Barcelona in the annual Joan Gamper Trophy held every summer.
Ruschel wore the captain’s armband for Chape and was honoured before the game along with the two other survivors, Neto and Jakson Follmann, who was forced to retire after having his leg amputated.
— Chapecoense (@ChapecoenseReal) August 7, 2017
Ruschel later received a standing ovation from the Barcelona players and fans in attendance as he was substituted out of the game in the 36th minute.
The Brazilian defender also swapped shirts with Lionel Messi at halftime.
Messi with Chapecoense plane crash surviving player Alan Ruschel pic.twitter.com/imvMT0LQn6
— Leo Messi (@messi10stats) August 7, 2017
Barcelona won the game 5-0, but this day was clearly bigger than soccer.