Brazil’s Pele, widely regarded as the best player to ever live has reacted to the sad fire incident that kills 10 at the training centre of Rio de Janeiro football club Flamengo.
The football god said: “It’s a very sad day for Brazilian football.”
However, the country’s biggest current star Neymar, who plays for Paris Saint-Germain in France, posted a picture on his Instagram account of the Flamengo club badge with the words: “My sympathies.”
The Rio’s deputy governor, Claudio Castro reacted to the “preliminary information indicates there were young players and staff” amongst the dead.
Concise News gathers that the cause of the incident was not known immediately, but local newspaper Extra said witnesses alleged the fire started in the air conditioning system.
“It’s the worst tragedy in the club’s 123 years,” said Flamengo president Rodolfo Landim, who visited the scene.
“Flamengo is in mourning,” the club wrote on its social media accounts.
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, who is in semi-intensive care in hospital following surgery on his abdomen, said he felt “the families’ pain.”
In a statement shared by the presidency, he added that he was dismayed by “this tragedy… which has taken the lives of young people who had started the journey towards realizing their professional dreams.”
Real Madrid teenage sensational forward Vinicius Junior, who came up through the youth ranks at Flamengo before signing with the European Champions in 2017 for 45 million euros ($51 million), posted a message on Twitter asking people to pray for the victims.
“Just by thinking about the days and nights I spent in the training centre gives me goosebumps,” said the 18-year-old.
“I still can’t believe it. Let’s pray for everyone.”
Globo TV broadcast aerial footage of the fire, which it said had been brought under control after it burned for two hours.
The blaze broke out at 5:00 am in the Vargem Grande district of Rio in a modern facility where the top-flight professional Flamengo squad also trains, the news website G1 said.
The fire brigade said in a statement that the centre was “in the process of” meeting fire safety standards but did not yet have a certificate of approval.
The main team had been due to practice at the same facility later in the morning, for their last training session ahead of Saturday’s derby against fierce local rivals Fluminense.
The Rio de Janeiro football federation said it had called a meeting between the two clubs’ management to discuss postponing the match.
Fluminense, the most popular club in football-crazed Brazil, was among a number of clubs that sent messages of condolence on social media.