The football world is still in sadness after Argentine player, Emiliano Sala, was officially confirmed dead yesterday morning.
The confirmation came when authorities identified the body recovered from the wreckage of the plane – which was carrying the only Sala and a pilot, from France to England. We had previously brought you details on the missing plane and the search for the player and his pilot after the plane disappeared from radar on the 21st of January 2019.
As the world mourns the tragic demise of this young player, we have put together 5 facts you may not know about Emiliano Sala. Read below:
Although he was born in Santa Fe, Argentina, he is of Italian descent. His full name is Emiliano Raul Sala Taffarel.
Till he was 15 years old, Sala played football for San Martin de Progreso. After which he moved on to the youth team of Club Proyecto Crecer in Argentina. He got his first real professional contract in 2012 when he signed for FC Girondins Bordeaux in France.
He had several successful loan stints before joining FC Nantes in 2015.
He scored 42 goals in over 100 appearances for Nantes, including an impressive 12 goal haul this season before signing for English club, Cardiff City FC. He was the first player to score a Ligue 1 hat-trick for Nantes since 2006.
He has never played for the Argentine National Team at any level.
We are also deeply saddened by the loss of this vibrant player and we say:
Rest In Peace Emiliano.
Here are some tributes from European clubs and players:
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
Rest in peace, Emiliano Sala & David Ibbotson.
Our thoughts are with their families and friends. pic.twitter.com/7oPoZArygI
— PSV (@PSV) February 8, 2019
We’d like to send our condolences to Emiliano Sala’s family after he passed away.
Rest in peace wee man! 🙏💛🇦🇷 pic.twitter.com/XtXRRKRloU
— Argentina CSC 🇦🇷🍀 (@Argentinaceltic) February 7, 2019
— Luke Shaw (@LukeShaw23) February 8, 2019
— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) February 7, 2019
Rest in peace, Emiliano Sala. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 8, 2019
Rest in peace Emiliano Sala.
We’re sending love and condolences to everyone affected. 💛💙 pic.twitter.com/FUY84A51SX
— AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) February 8, 2019
Paris Saint-Germain offers its condolences to the friends and family of Emiliano Sala.
A minute's applause will be given in his memory ahead of tomorrow's match against Bordeaux.
Rest in peace, Emiliano 🙏 pic.twitter.com/BJGiQclSW9
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) February 8, 2019
The tragic outcome of the plane crash in the English Channel has stunned and saddened everyone at FK Crvena zvezda. Our thoughts are with Emiliano's family, friends and fans.
Rest in peace, Emiliano Sala. pic.twitter.com/SQb8rwwUkL
— FK Crvena zvezda in English (@crvenazvezda_en) February 8, 2019
— Robin van Persie (@Persie_Official) February 8, 2019
May you rest in peace, Emiliano 💚💛💙 pic.twitter.com/7gfnEGvEle
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 8, 2019
Rest in peace Emiliano Sala. Thoughts are with friends and family 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/9BnTKEawgz
— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) February 8, 2019