Emiliano Sala Dies Young at 28: A Tribute to Cardiff Footballer Who Lost His Life in Tragic Plane Crash
Fans pay tribute to Emiliano Sala prior to the Premier League match between Arsenal and Cardiff City at Emirates Stadium. (Photo: Getty Images)

After days of mystery, helplessness and deep anguish surrounding his disappearance, Argentine Emiliano Sala has been confirmed dead. The Dorset Police confirmed that the body recovered from the ill-fated plane after a massive rescue operation is indeed of the Cardiff striker who unfortunately could never step on to the English football scene. His family members were informed of the tragedy while there is no news yet on the English pilot David Ibbotson who was flying Sala from Nantes in France to Wales. It has been hectic few weeks for the football community who have been dealt a huge blow today on losing a fine footballer. But the pain is nothing in comparison to the Emiliano Sala family who have lost a part of their life. Cardiff City Footballer Emiliano Sala's Dead Body Found From the Wreckage of Missing Plane.

Born in Santa Fe Province, Argentina-Emiliano Sala was hooked to football from a very young age where he idolised his hero Gabriel Batistuta. His youth days were spent at Club Proyecto Crecer where scouts took a keen interest in his game. His next destination was the youth setup in Granada in Spain. His first club as a professional footballer was French side FC Bordeaux whom he joined as a twenty-year-old in 2010. In his three year spell at the club, Sala could never get going and managed only one goal in a total of eleven appearances. The 6 feet 2 inches tall striker would get loaned out frequently as first-team opportunities became scarce.

Emiliano Sala showed his true capabilities while away at Orleans, Niort and Caen where he scored a lot of goals. Frustrated with the way he was dealt with Bordeaux, Emiliano Sala joined League 1 side FC Nantes in July 2015 for a reported fee of 1 million euros. The transfer would change Sala’ life forever as there was no looking back from here for the young Argentine striker. He scored 42 goals in 120 appearances for Nantes and became a fans favourite. His excellent performance in the French league caught the fancy of several Chinese club and English Premier League side Cardiff City. His desire to play in the league prompted him to move to Cardiff City for a club record 15 million euros.

A few hours before his disappearance, Sala was meeting his old mates at Nantes to wave them goodbye one last time. But little did he know what fate had in store for him as his doomed flight resulted in his death over the English Channel on his way to Cardiff. He was to join his new club for his first training session before the first start on English soil.

We can never know how Sala would have fared in one of the toughest leagues in the world but his coaches say his desire to succeed when the odds are stacked against made him a top professional. It will take some time for everyone involved with Football to overcome this huge tragedy.

Rest in Peace Emiliano Sala!