- Ruschel was among the three football players who survived the Chapocoense crash in 2016
- The crash claimed 71 out of the 77 passengers on board the the LaMia Flight 2933
- Four years on and Ruschel bounced back and helped his side win the Serie B title in remarkable fashion
Beautiful scenes were witnessed on Friday, January 29 after Chapocoense player Alan Ruschel lifted the Brazilian Serie B title, four years after surviving a plane crash which claimed the lives of several of his team mates.
Ruschel was among the six survivors of the LaMia Flight 2933 crash on November 28 2016 and is currently the only member of the survivors who is still playing football.
At the time, the left back suffered a horrible back injury and was scheduled for surgery days after the crash.
He made a remarkable recover and was able to walk again days after the surgery as his journey to making a full recovery began.
It took him a remarkable nine months to get back onto the football pitch again since the time of the incident as he made headlines when he featured in a Joan Gamper Trophy clash against Barcelona.
He received a standing ovation during the game for his strong spirit and willingness to fight for a place back to the football pitch.
Four years after the crash that killed 16 of his team mates and Ruschel made one of the most powerful gestures of 2021 so far as he lifted the Serie B trophy after Chapocoense won the Serie B in dramatic circumstances.
Chapecoense were leading 2-1 in the 97th minute but still needed one goal to clinch the title.
Against the odds, they were given a penalty at the very tail end of the game, which their talisman Anselmo Ramon coolly slotted with the Paneka technique.
An emotional Ruschel spoke to media after the game where he expressed his delight and gratitude at being able to play football and win titles with his team once again.
"I am very happy to have been part of this group, to have once again put my name in the club's history," he said, per ESPN.
"People here in Chapecó have to learn to respect me, because in addition to the athlete's life, there is the human being, that people do not respect.
Ruschel’s contract with the club comes to and end at the end of the current season, which could imply that he just might have played his last game for the club.