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Chapecoense victim Cleber Santana scored a stunning goal at the Bernabeu in 2009

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Seventy-six people tragically lost their lives earlier today after the plane carrying the Chapecoense team to Medellin for the Copa Sudamerica final crashed on its approach to the Colombian city.

One of the highest-profile victims of the disaster is the Brazilian midfielder, Cleber Santana, who spent three years in La Liga.

Santana played for Atletico Madrid between 2007 and 2010 but spent the 2008-09 campaign on loan at Mallorca.

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And it was with Mallorca when he scored arguably the best goal of his career, against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.

Santana dribbled the ball from near the halfway line, beating four players before sending the ball into the top corner past the outstretched Iker Casillas. (Scroll down to watch the video).

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Video: Santana’s 2009 goals vs. Real Madrid

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It was a remarkable goal and one that helped Mallorca secure an unlikely 3-1 victory over Los Blancos in their own back yard.

That it was against Real Madrid, Atletico’s local rivals, must have made the goal all the sweeter for the South American.

De Gea pays his respects to Santana

Among the star players to pay their respects to Santana is the Manchester United and Spain goalkeeper, David de Gea.

The 26-year-old played alongside Santana at the Vicente Calderon.

“Rest in Peace, friend,” De Gea posted on Instagram on Tuesday.

Only five people have survived

Seven people were pulled alive from the plane but two of them have since died, including the team’s goalkeeper Danilo.

The final of the Copa Sudamerica, meanwhile, has been suspended.

Competition organisers say Atletico Nacional have asked for Chapecoense to be awarded the cup.

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