Brazilian defender Marquinhos has mourned the 10 people who tragically lost their lives in a fire at Flamengo’s training centre in Brazil.
At 5:10 AM local time (8:10 AM CET) in Rio de Janeiro on Friday, a fire broke out at Flamengo’s Ninho do Urubu training base.
The centre accommodated some of Flamengo’s youth players with firefighting chief Douglas Henaut confirming that the incident at the facility’s lodgings.
10 people lost their lives due to the fire, while three teenagers were sent to the hospital in a serious condition.
Now Marquinhos, who started out his career at Corinthians and now plays for Paris Saint-Germain in France, has paid his respects and admitted the events of the past 24 hours have taken him back to his own days as a youth player.
“I think everyone in the world of football has woken up very sad today,” said Marquinhos, via beinSPORTS.
“Because, like those boys, we went through the same moment some time ago. We dreamed of being a soccer player and helping our family.
“We were in search of a dream, doing what we love. There were moments of joys and moments of sadness too – being away from the family, to be in search of a dream without really knowing if we would succeed.
“It’s a tragedy that makes us reflect, makes us think, give value to everything we have, what we are. Our family and friends and should enjoy the best moments because we don’t know about tomorrow.”
Marquinhos added: “So it’s a very sad day, very difficult because they had that same routine that we used to. Then we think about the families and their grief. Those were interrupted dreams.
“It is a huge sadness and we send strength to the families and all those who lost important people. The world of football is sad, we all are.”
Local media in Brazil have named the 10 victims of the fire, who were all aged between 14 to 16 years of age.
A sede social do Flamengo na Gávea foi oferecida para ser o local do velório dos 10 jogadores vitimados na tragédia.
— Reduto Rubro-Negro (@RDTRubroNegro) February 8, 2019