"I'd rather spend it here, with the family, and then hold a memorial service when we go back home."

Escobar was rumored to be on the verge of a switch to Italian giants AC Milan prior to his death after seven years at Colombian club Atlético Nacional.

He also had a spell at Young Boys in Switzerland but it was in his native Colombia he remembered most fondly, and afforded the nickname "El Caballero del Fútbol" which translates as "The gentlemen of football."

"Sometimes I think it'd be better if people didn't remember Andres every day, because it's really painful," his brother Jose explained.

"But he left a mark, so it's normal."