Tributes pour in for Emiliano Sala; soccer world in mourning
Tributes have poured in from across the soccer world for Emiliano Sala, after his death was confirmed on Thursday.
The body of Sala, 28, was recovered from wreckage of an airplane found on the seabed of the English Channel.
Cardiff City’s club-record signing went missing, along with pilot David Ibbotson, on Jan. 21 when the light aircraft they were traveling in from Nantes to Cardiff lost contact with air traffic control near the Channel Islands. Sala was flying to Cardiff after returning to Nantes to collect some belongings and say goodbye to his former teammates.
Ibbotson’s body has yet to be found, as a private search involving the Air Accidents Investigation Bureau (AAIB) in the UK continues but has been delayed amid poor weather at sea.
The French leagues will pay tribute to Sala with a minute silence across their games this weekend, while his former club Nantes have retired his no. 9 jersey.
Several star names from across the globe have sent out messages of support for Sala, as the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi were key in donating money and raising awareness about the private search which located the wreckage on Sunday.
Below are a few of the messages from across the world paying tribute to Sala.
FIFA and the whole football community are deeply saddened about the death of Emiliano Sala. FIFA and its President Gianni Infantino would like to extend their sincerest condolences to his friends and family. Our thoughts are also with the family of pilot David Ibbotson pic.twitter.com/U2bBV7cb36— FIFA Media (@fifamedia) February 8, 2019
Rest in peace, Emiliano Sala. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 8, 2019