Emiliano Sala: Maradona, Rooney, other stars pay tribute to dead Argentine

Emiliano Sala: Maradona, Rooney, other stars pay tribute to dead Argentine

- Emiliano Sala's death attract tributes from football stars all around the world

- The Cardiff City striker was confirmed dead few weeks after his plane crashed on January 21

- Sala joined the Premier League outfit in the club's record fee of around £15m from Nantes this winter

Argentine football legend Diego Maradona has reacted to the death of Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala.

The 28-year-old was confirmed dead earlier this week after his plane crashed into the sea while travelling to join his new Premier League teammates.

Sala joined the Welsh side from French League outfit Nantes in the club's record fee of about £15 million in January.

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But never got a chance to feature for the EPL side before ending his journey in this world, as it took the rescue team about two weeks before they could pull out his body from the waters.

Cardiff City Football Club, after the player's body was identified said in a statement: "We offer our most heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the family of Emiliano. He and David will forever remain in our thoughts."

Manchester City goal poacher Sergio Aguero, who incidentally is Sala's countryman tweeted: "Rest in peace, Emiliano. My condolences to his friends and family #PrayForSala".

The Mirror further reports that Argentina president Mauricio Macri - who had joined calls for the search for the plane to be resumed after it was called off - also posted on Twitter, sending his condolences to Sala's family, adding: "We are with you".

Germany and Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil on his Twitter handle that: "No words to describe how sad this is. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and also to the family of the pilot. #RIPsala".

Diego Maradona posted a tribute on Instagram.

He told how many had kept a "light of hope" for the footballer, adding: "I send a big hug to your family and friends."

Manchester City's Benjamin Mendy tweeted an image of Sala, while Paris Saint-Germain footballer Kylian Mbappe wrote simply: "RIP EMI".

Everton star on loan at Cardiff City Oumar Niasse said that: "RIP @EmilianoSala1 Forever in our thoughts."

Devastated Sala's sister Romina who could not hide her feeling posted her own tribute on Instagram .

She wrote: “Your soul in my soul it will shine forever thus illuminating the time of my existence. I love you, tito."

Meanwhile, the pilot David Ibbotson is yet to be found and the search continues in a bid to recover his body.

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Both Sala and Ibbotson took off from Nantes on January 21 but never got to their destination as the striker sent a distress message during the flight.

YEN.com.gh earlier reported that Emiliano Sala has finally been confirmed dead after police stated that the body found in the crashed plane is that of the former Cardiff City striker.

Sala's tragic death now throws football fraternities in the world into deep mourning as many had hoped probably he would survive from the plane disaster.

The 28-year-old Argentine striker was traveling from Nantes to meet his former teammates at Cardiff City when the plane he boarded suddenly crashed into the English channel.

Source: YEN.com.gh

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