JUST IN: Footballer Sala's dead body found in plane crash wreckage

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The footballing world has paid tribute to Emiliano Sala after his body was identified in the wreckage of a plane which crashed in the English Channel.

Cardiff striker Sala, 28, and pilot David Ibbotson have been missing since the plane they were flying in lost contact with Air Traffic Control on Monday, January 21.

Sala, who had completed his ยฃ15m move to Cardiff two days earlier, was travelling to the Welsh capital after bidding farewell to his team-mates in Nantes, where he had previously played.

The wreckage of the plane was located 21 miles off the coast of Guernsey and, after the body was recovered, it was taken to Portland Port in Dorset, where HM Coroner carried out the identification.

In the wake of his death, the sporting world has paid tribute to the 28-year-old.

Cardiff released a statement offering their "most heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the family of Emiliano."

Sergio Aguero led the tributes from players with a message for his fellow Argentine.

The Manchester City striker said: "Rest in peace, Emiliano. My condolences to his friends and family."

Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney and Mesut Ozil also shared kind words of support for Sala's family.

โ€” SkySports


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