Ronaldinho and Riquelme Chapcoense rumours addressed

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The football world is still in mourning after the tragic plane crash involving Brazilian side Chapcoense.

71 people lost their lives in the accident, prompting an outpouring of grief from all those involved in the game.

Atletico Nacional, the team they were supposed to be playing in the cup final they were travelling to, quickly asked for Chapcoense to be made champions. Meanwhile, Brazil's top-flight clubs issued a joint request that the club is exempt from relegation for three years, and confirmed they would loan them players for free.

There are no doubt going to be countless other gestures to help the decimated club.

However, such is the nature of the internet that whenever a tragedy like this happens, there are usually snippets of fake news doing the rounds, and it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction.

Paris Saint-Germain were forced to deny rumours that they had pledged €40million, and reports - unconfirmed by any credible sources - also claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo was giving €3million of his own money to help families of the victims.

Amid stories like that, it's easy to understand why many were sceptical about the latest 'news' catching on on social media - that legends Ronaldinho and Juan Roman Riquelme had offered to come out of retirement and play for Chapcoense for free.

Legends return? 

Ronaldinho hasn't officially hung up his boots yet, but he is without a club, while Riquelme retired last year.

Thanks to Ed Maylon of the Daily Mirror, though, we now have a somewhat clearer picture of the situation.

It's not completely out of the question, with Ronaldinho's brother and agent Roberto Assis telling Brazilian publication Globoesporte:

“It excites us the fact that Ronaldinho’s name is remembered to help and it makes us think. I can only say that we are here and we want to help.”

It's thought that Riquelme is in the same position - the former Villarreal star is open to offers, but no contact has been made just yet.

It remains to be seen whether this is just another rumour or if anything will actually come of it, but for now, Chapcoense are still in mourning and are unlikely to make any decisions on new players for quite some time. 

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