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Argentine striker, who plays for Chapecoense, woke up this morning to find his phone logged with concerned messages. Friends and family were urgently trying to contact the footballer, who used to play for Nuevo Chicago, after news came in that his current club side had suffered a horrific tragedy last night as the aircraft transporting the squad to Medellin crashed with only 6 of the 81 on board surviving.

He joined the Brazilian side this year to become part of one of the most remarkable success stories in football is recent years. Following a series of successive promotions up to the top flight of Brazilian football, Chapecoense were looking to make history this week in the final of the Copa Sudamericana, having defeated Argentine sides San Lorenzo and Independiente on their way to the biggest fixture in the club’s recent history. And then the unthinkable happened. Martinuccio, fortunately, was not on board.  The striker is currently out of action, recovering from an injury.

According to the player’s father, however, Martinuccio has already recovered from the injury that had seen him out of action. The club however “told him ‘don’t worry [about traveling to Medellin], we want you at 100% for the coming year.'”

We can think of Martinuccio’s absence, which his father called “destiny”, as a silver lining in an otherwise horrifying tragedy.

Martinuccio, himself, speaking with Radio La Red, said that it is “a very difficult time for me” and that he is “very sad”.

“The only thing that I can say is please pray for my friends that were on the flight,” the Argentine sportman added.

Please pray for all my friends