David Luiz posts heartfelt Instagram tribute to Chapecoense player Arthur Maia

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Tragedy struck in the world of football today after it was confirmed that a plane carrying the Chapecoense football team crashed in Colombia.

The Brazilian team were on their way to Medellin ahead of their first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final against Atletico Nacional.

It has been confirmed that 76 of the 81 people on board the flight have died, including midfielder Arthur Maia.

Maia, 24, was on loan at Chapecoense from Vitoria and was the friend of Brazil international David Luiz. 

Luiz met Maia while moving up the youth ranks at Vitoria and the Chelsea star has now posted an emotional message to the player on Instagram. 

The ex-PSG man stated: "Know that one day I had the pleasure to meet you and have you as a little brother.

"Then we lost contact for each one to follow his way and today wake up and know that you are no longer among us.

"With this news that breaks hearts around the world. I can not believe it!

"May God comfort your family, friends and all the families involved! I keep this image saved as I always had of a pure and dreamy boy!

"God bless you!! Praying for all! #RIP #ArthurMaia"

See the post here: 

Five survivors 

Two players - defender Alan Ruschel and goalkeeper Jackson Follmann - have reportedly survived the crash, while 'keeper, Danilo, was rushed to hospital but later died.

Crew members Ximena Suarez and Erwin Tumiri and journalist Rafael Hensel also survived the tragedy.

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