The Chapecoense centre back, Helio Neto who survived the Brazilian plane that crashed on its way to Colombia was reading a Bible passage about ‘being safe in the shadow of your wings’ before the crash.
Neto’s Bible was found at the scene of the crash and has been handed to the footballer’s wife.
His wife said Neto, who is still fighting for his life in hospital, is deeply religious and takes the religious scripture with him everywhere.
A bookmark had been inserted next to Psalm 63, which talks about being safe in the shadow of God’s wings and about thinking of God in bed.
His wife, Simone, said Neto has a lot of faith in God and takes the bible with him on all his trips
Video footage shows journalist Roberto Cabrini at the scene of the wreckage and noticing the book, with a note inside saying it belongs to the defender, who is in a critical condition.
The reporter can be seen visibly shaking as he realises what it is.
He reads with a shaky voice the name that is printed on the inside of the cover, as behind him we can see the wreckage of the crash.
Mangled parts of the plane can be seen in the background and Cabrini is later seen taking the Bible to the wife
Neto’s condition has been described as ‘delicate’ by doctors who said they regularly have to ‘stabilise’ him as he has a ‘serious pulmonary infection.’
The plane crash survivor has so far undergone extensive surgery on his lungs, skull, knees and wrists.
His family say they hope he will make a full recovery.
A total of 71 people lost their lives when the British-made Avro RJ85 aircraft came down en route to Medellin, where Brazilian side Chapecoense were due to play in the Copa Sudamericana final.