Chapecoense goalkeeper honoured in death

Chapecoense goalkeeper Danilo has been posthumously awarded a player of the year honour after a vote by fans.

Danilo was among 71 people killed in a plane crash last month after his side advanced to the Copa Sudamericana final against Atletico Nacional.

The team, along with journalists covering the game and others, were on their way to the first-leg fixture in Colombia after Danilo's last-gasp save in their semi-final against San Lorenzo helped them make the final, when the plane went down after reporting an electrical failure and running out of fuel.

Danilo won 48 percent of an Internet vote to be named the Fans' Best Player in the Campeonato Brasileiro by the Brazilian Football Confederation.

Danilo survived the crash, but passed away later in hospital.

His mother, Ilaides Padilha, collected the Craque da Galera award on his behalf at a ceremony in Rio de Janeiro.

"Chapeco is living in a very difficult time," Padilha said of the team's home town.

"Right now, it's the people who are wanting to hold me, and that's what's giving me strength and standing me up. That's how I stand, I hold you and you hold me."

"I want to send a big hug to the children of Chapeco. They are suffering a lot. Danilo and all the others were idols. On behalf of the Chapecoense Association, I thank you very much."

"May the future warriors that come to Chapecoense be like the warriors that left there."

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