Chapecoense hero Alan Ruschel returns to the pitch to face Barcelona on emotional night at Camp Nou

The two teams embrace before kick-off at Camp Nou.

Alan Ruschel played his first match since the plane crash which killed 19 of his team-mates as Chapecoense were beaten 5-0 by Barcelona in a friendly at the Nou Camp.

The Brazilian club were invited to play the match in the wake of the tragedy last November, when the plane carrying their team to the Copa Sudamericana final crashed in Colombia.

Ruschel played in the first 35 minutes of the match before leaving the pitch to a standing ovation from supporters and both sets of players.

Two other survivors of the crash which killed a total of 71 people, Jakson Follmann and Neto, also took to the pitch before kick-off as guests of the Catalan club.

Barcelona named a strong line-up for the occasion in what was their first match since the departure of Neymar, with Gerard Deulofeu taking his place up front.

The former Everton man took just six minutes to make an impression as he finished off a pass from Ivan Rakitic.

Sergio Busquets curled in a long-range effort five minutes later to increase Barcelona’s lead and Deulofeu set up Lionel Messi to tap in the third on the half-hour.

Luis Suarez and Denis Suarez added goals in the second half and Paco Alcacer had a late penalty saved on a night in which the result was rendered insignificant.

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Neymar not bigger than Barcelona, says club president after PSG move

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Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu insisted no player is bigger than the Catalan giants on Monday in the wake of Neymar’s world record €222 million move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Bartomeu and his board are under pressure to wisely reinvest the huge sum, which more than doubled the previous record for a transfer fee, before the transfer window closes on August 31.

“No player is above Barca,” Bartomeu told the world congress of Barca supporters groups.

“You know that Neymar formed part of the success of our club, but Neymar is now history. He wanted to go. It was his decision although we did everything in our hands for him to stay.”

Barca were powerless to stop Neymar leaving after PSG met the buyout clause in the Brazilian’s contract, which he had signed just last year.

However, Bartomeu defended himself from criticism that the club should have insisted on inserting a much higher buyout clause in that deal to fend off PSG’s millions.

Neymar’s clause rose from €200 to €222 million from July 1 and would have jumped to €250 million had he entered the third year of the five-year deal.

“We foresaw that he could leave in the future, that is why we raised his buyout clause in the new contact,” added Bartomeu.

“Receiving this money allows us to face the future with guarantees to strengthen the team.

“When the doubts over his future began we were calm because his decision would be a good one

“If he stayed we would maintain a great player and if he went, obviously paying his clause, we had the guarantee of being able to bring new players.”

Barca have been linked with a series of potential replacements for Neymar with Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho heading their wish list.

Yet, Bartomeu promised to be act with “prudence” despite having to deal in a transfer market characterised by hyperinflation due to booming television rights deals.

“The €222 million that we received for Neymar Jr will be administered with prudence, rigour and serenity,” he said.

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What could you buy with Neymar's proposed £222 million world record transfer fee?

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Neymar is close to sealing a move to Paris St Germain from Barcelona which would smash the world transfer record – though the deal did hit a snag on Thursday with La Liga rejecting PSG’s buyout clause offer for the Brazilian.

Nevertheless, if the transfer does indeed go through, it elevates the modern-day football money machine to new levels.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at how the £198.5million transfer fee, and Neymar’s reported £520,000-a-week wages, stack up in football terms.

Would any of the following be on your wishlist?

NEYMAR THE TAX MAN

Neymar’s reported weekly wage could have settled League One side Northampton’s 2015 tax bill of £166,000 three times over, and still have £22,000 left over.

THREE-AND-A-HALF DE BRUYNES PLEASE?

Neymar’s transfer fee could buy you – based on the reported initial fees paid in their most recent moves – four Mesut Ozils, two Paul Pogbas, three-and-a-half Kevin De Bruynes, 20 Olivier Girouds and almost 40 Dele Allis.

STARK CONTRAST

Neymar’s reported annual salary equates to around £26.8million at current exchange rates. England and Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford was reportedly on wages of £20,000 a week last season, equivalent to £1.04million a year, although his contract is based on incremental increases and further bonuses for performance.

WOULD ANYONE BUY SUNDERLAND TWICE?

The Neymar transfer fee would have been enough to buy Sunderland – lock, stock and barrel – twice over with £18million in change, based on the amount reportedly paid by current owner Ellis Short in 2008.

PLENTY OF PIES AT WIGAN

A pie at Wigan cost £2.60 according to the BBC’s 2016 Price of Football survey, meaning Neymar could treat himself to 10 million of them every year and still scrape by on just over £845,000 as an annual salary.

BUY PORTSMOUTH 35 TIMES

With former Disney chief executive Michael Eisner completing his takeover of Portsmouth for a reported £5.67 million, you could buy the club 35 times for the same price as Neymar.

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