Former Mallorca and Atletico player Cleber Santana killed in tragic Colombian plane crash

A FORMER Mallorca player was among the 76 people killed in the horrific crash of an aeroplane in Colombia on Monday. Cleber Santana was the captain of Brazilian team Chapecoense who were flying to Colombia to play Nacional de Medellin in the Copa Sudamericana final, the biggest game in the club’s history.

Santana, aged just 35, played for Mallorca on loan from Atletico in the 2008/09 season, scoring six goals in 40 memorable appearances before returning to Madrid.

The Brazilian central midfielder was a quiet, religious man who returned to his homeland in 2010 where he excelled in stints with Flamengo and Avai before moving on to captain Chapecoense in 2015.

He made a total of 585 professional appearances throughout his career, scoring 87 goals.





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