Radamel Falcao has taken to Instagram to tell fans that his World Cup dream is not over yet, despite it being confirmed on Monday that the Colombia and Monaco striker has suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury which requires surgery.
The 27-year-old's injury looks set to rule him out for several months, and initial estimates suggested he had little chance of recovering ahead of the tournament in Brazil this summer.
But as former team-mates at Atletico Madrid showed their support for Falcao with a T-shirt tribute, the striker himself went on social media to suggest that even though he was heartbroken by the news of his injury, he had not given up hope yet:
I want to thank all of you for so many messages of support in these last hours. I have been moved by the affection shown to me from different parts of the world.
I'm not going to hide that my sadness is great, my heart is broken. But there is a hope the size of a grain of mustard on to which I cling, and that's enough to believe that my World Cup dream is alive. God makes possible the improbable, and I believe in Him!
Atletico players meanwhile, before the Copa del Rey game against Athletic Bilbao on Thursday night, wore T-shirts with "Fuerza Tigre" written on them, Tigre being Falcao's nickname.
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They were not alone. Brazil captain Thiago Silva showed his support on Instagram with a post wishing Falcao the best.
Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado also added his own message on the same service.
Whether Falcao recovers in time or not remains to be seen, but there are plenty of well-wishers from team-mates and opponents alike.