Renowned footballers and sports enthusiasts have paid tribute to Cardiff City star, Emiliano Sala after his body was found in the wreckage of a plane which crashed in the English Channel.
Many took to their social media handles to share their favourite photos of the 28-year-old football star who was en route to Cardiff after having completed a club-record transfer from Ligue 1 side Nantes.
Recall that on January 21, the Piper Malibu aircraft disappeared with Sala and pilot David Ibbotson on board.
Some of his colleagues shared clips from his last match while praying for his family in these difficult times.
Players like Mesut Ozil, Sergio Aguero, Wayne Rooney, Kylian Mbappé, Alexandre Lacazette, Luke Shaw and Argentina legend, Diego Maradona, ane many more sent their heartfelt condolence to Sala’s family.
His club, Cardiff City FC, also released a touching statement on its official page.
”It is with great sadness that we report the following statement, issued on February 7th 2019 by the Dorset Police:
“The body brought to Portland Port today, Thursday 7 February 2019, has been formally identified by HM Coroner for Dorset as that of professional footballer Emiliano Sala.
“The families of Mr Sala and the pilot David Ibbotson have been updated with this news and will continue to be supported by specially-trained family liaison officers.”
“We offer our most heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the family of Emiliano. He and David will forever remain in our thoughts. #CityAsOne,” the statement reads.
Diego Maradona wrote on Instagram: “I am very sorry for this sad news. Many of us kept a light of hope for you, Emiliano. I send a big hug to your family and friends, and I thank the Argentines for the respect of colleagues and fans from all over the world. See you, Emiliano! #RecenPorSala #PrayForSala
See more touching tributes:
This pierced my heart 😔
— IG: Omope Abdulazeez (@Iam_Abdulaxis) February 8, 2019
R.I.P Emiliano Sala. Gone too soon. A tragic loss of life for a young lad taking the next step in his career. Best wishes to his friends and family and deepest condolences from the world of football. We won’t forget him. 🌹⚽️ pic.twitter.com/jDWjkMLY9v
— Manchester United (@ManUnitedWorld) February 8, 2019
My condolences to the family and friends of Emiliano Sala. Such sad news. RIP. pic.twitter.com/Iqjrl4V2r8
— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) February 8, 2019
— Ricardo Pereira (@ricbpereira) February 8, 2019
Enorme tristeza 😢 QEDP Emiliano. Mis condolencias a familiares y amigos #PrayForSala 🙏🏾//Terribly sad 😢 Rest in peace, Emiliano. My condolences to his friends and family #PrayForSala 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/n9aV5CGcI1
— Sergio Kun Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) February 8, 2019
Rest in peace Emiliano Sala 💔. My thoughts and prayers go out to your friends and family 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/KaoY4iu8CW
— Aaron Ramsey (@aaronramsey) February 8, 2019
— Alexandre Lacazette (@LacazetteAlex) February 7, 2019
— Luke Shaw (@LukeShaw23) February 8, 2019
We join the rest of the footballing world to mourn the passing of Emiliano Sala. Our thoughts are with the friends and family of Emiliano and all those at @CardiffCityFC and @FCNantes #RIPSala 😭 pic.twitter.com/ifHsxltrkG
— 🇳🇬 Super Eagles (@NGSuperEagles) February 8, 2019
— Dai Gibbings (@1Gibbings) February 7, 2019
Gone but never forgotten ❤
— Goal (@goal) February 8, 2019
RIP Emiliano Sala ,
— Ryan Evans (@Ryan_Evans_92) February 7, 2019
Rest in peace Emiliano Sala. Thoughts are with friends and family 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/9BnTKEawgz
— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) February 8, 2019
— Fan Antics 🇳🇬 (@FanAnticsFC) February 8, 2019
— TwittaNerd™ (@LindoMyeni) February 8, 2019
This tribute video of Emiliano Sala may just bring tears to your eyes.😔😓pic.twitter.com/H4M9VsfSol
— Nyandarua’s Finest (@IamSamiSamuel) February 8, 2019
Join in be sorrowful feeling for Emiliano sala, and the rest with calm. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/vqgQDvdPJX
— Aris 24 (@Aris0049) February 8, 2019
May you rest in peace, Emiliano 💚💛💙 pic.twitter.com/7gfnEGvEle
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 8, 2019
The thoughts of everyone at West Ham United are with Emiliano Sala’s friends and family.
Rest in peace Emiliano. pic.twitter.com/w1J76C76Fk
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) February 8, 2019
Football has lost two souls.
Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson
The latter’s body is still missing and probably would never be found.
Lest we forget. pic.twitter.com/rfWWJlACxb
— Blasfemous* Mohan (@TuchelSZN) February 8, 2019
Just a man following his dreams. Rip Emiliano Sala. Thank you for playing the beautiful game pic.twitter.com/QiQs68O72g
— Apollo Dongas (@apollodongas) February 8, 2019
We’d like to give our deepest condolences to Emiliano Sala’s family and @CardiffCityFC on the passing of this beloved player.
Football has lost a gem of a striker and he will be missed. pic.twitter.com/pf1a2dNh5Y
— FA Selangor (@FASelangorMy) February 8, 2019
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— Rafinha Official (@R13_official) February 8, 2019
Very sad news, we waited for a miracle but we were ready for the worst.. Rest In Peace lad, and enjoy football with the Busby Babes up above. Legends live forever. 💛#RIPSala pic.twitter.com/WhSimyJ1DI
— Црвено Ѓаволче (@rosi_mufc) February 7, 2019