Messages of Support flock as World football stars rally around the cave trapped boys
Ronaldo aka 'the Phenomenon' and other football stars around the world have sent their messages of support to the families of the 12 boys and a 25-year-old coach of the Wild Boars as the rescue mission succeeded in rescuing a fifth boy from the partly flooded cave in Chiang Rai, Northern Thailand.
The football stars urged the 12 boys and the coach Ekapol trapped in the cave to 'stay strong' led by the Brazil legend, Ronaldo Luis Nazario, Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp and England and Manchester City Center back, John Stones. The stars reiterated that they were closely following the rescue attempts.
The second attempt on Monday morning saw a successful rescue of one boy in a six-hour rescue operation after a previous attempt rescued four boys on Sunday. All the boys rescued on Sunday and Monday morning were strong and safe but will have to undergo comprehensive medical examinations.
The boys were coming from training when they were cut off by water as they set on to explore the cave on June 23.
Fans on twitter and facebook sent their messages joining the world stars as they said the boys deserved the world cup trophy for their bravery, that saw them endure hardships and darkness in the cave for the third week now.
Ronaldo, in a FIFA media event, condemned the world of football for sitting back hoping that rescue for the boys would come somehow.
"It is terrible news and the world of football hopes that someone can find a way to take these kids out of there," he said.
'You will never walk alone', was the message from Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and urged them to 'stay strong we are with you' in a video message that was sent to CNN.
John Stones also added his voice to the messages of support saying that together with the Three Lions, they were so saddened to see where the boys were and that they were hoping that the boys get out safe and sound.
On their part, Croatian Football Authority expressed their impression on the bravery of the boys. Quoting from the message from their website, it read:
"We are awed by the bravery and strength that these young boys and their coach have shown amidst such frightening circumstances. These are situations that are bigger than sports, but their sporting competitiveness will help them cope with the current challenge."
In a letter addressed to Thai Football Association, FIFA president Gianni Infantino also expressed his deepest sympathies to the families of the trapped team and extended an invitation for the boys and their coach to join others at the FIFA World Cup final in Moscow on July 15 as guests if they are rescued in time and are in good health to travel.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the families and communities and we hope that they will soon be embracing their loved ones and restoring their strength and confidence" part of the letter said.
"I sincerely hope that they will be able to join us at the final, which will undoubtedly be a wonderful moment of communion and celebration."