Danilo was supposed to be the first-team goalkeeper of Chapecoense, during their two schedule Copa Scudamerica 2016 finals against Atletico Nacional. However, fate took a different turn as a tragic incident struck the Brazilian football side on November 28.
Chapecoense may have been presented with the Copa Scudamericana trophy, as requested by the Colombian football side Atletico Nacional to the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL), but what has been going through the family of the deceased cannot be explained in words.
Only three footballers were reported to have survived the Colombia Plane Crash. Danilo was initially recovered alive from the debris of the plane, but he succumbed to his injuries after he was transferred to a local hospital. What a twist of fate!
Daniele Padilha, the sister of the goalkeeper, has now paid an unique tribute to her deceased brother by inking an image of him with his club kit and name on her back. The tattoo also sports a halo over Danilo's head, normally associated with angels.
"My angel forever in my history, in my memories, prayers, thoughts. Forever in my heart, marked on my body," Daniele posted the photo and the message on her Facebook profile. "Brother, eternal love, shirt number one."
Playing against Argentina's San Lorenzo in the Copa Scudamericana 2016 semi finals, it was Chapecoense goalkeeper Danilo's heroics that saw the Brazilian side through to the ultimate stage. The 31-year-old's last minute save for Chapecoense in the semi finals ensured the Brazilian side's showdown with the Atletico Nacional in the tournament finals.
He made one phone call to his wife from the hospital, just moments before breathing his last.
Daniele's tribute to his brother