BOGOTA – Chapecoense defender Neto, who survived the 2016 plane crash that killed most of his fellow players, has announced his retirement.
"My body couldn’t take it anymore. The pains were greater than the pleasure," the Brazilian footballer told broadcaster Globo on Friday.
He said he had no pain in his daily life, but that he suffered intense knee and back pain during high-level training.
The 34-year-old is one of the six survivors of the accident, which occurred when the plane taking the team to the Copa Sudamericana finals in Medellin crashed near the Colombian city in November 2016.
The 71 victims included almost the entire team as well as trainers and journalists.
Neto had returned to the football field after a long rehabilitation process. "I now agree with the doctors and the club. I wanted to say goodbye, a game, but I chose not to."