The world of football has come together in mourning after Dorset police confirmed late on Thursday night that
Dorset Police have now confirmed that a coroner has officially identified the body as the former Nantes striker.
Club Statement (07/02/19): https://t.co/ib8zJfWzvC— Cardiff City FC (@CardiffCityFC) February 7, 2019
Forever in our thoughts
Following the announcement, Cardiff City released a short message relaying Dorset Police's statement, while adding: "
Reports claim that the Argentine footballer's remains will be handed over to his family to allow them to arrange a burial as soon as possible.
On Friday morning, the world of football expressed its condolences, with Nantes revealing that they will retire the number nine shirt at the club in his memory.
Communiqué - Disparition d'Emiliano Sala.— FC Nantes (@FCNantes) February 8, 2019
Nous ne t'oublierons jamais, Emi' https://t.co/AImoPIj1B9
Rest in peace Emiliano Sala.— AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) February 8, 2019
We’re sending love and condolences to everyone affected. pic.twitter.com/FUY84A51SX
Emiliano Sala (1990-2019)— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) February 7, 2019
Rest in peace pic.twitter.com/w3F7kt1d5Z
The thoughts of everyone at #LFC are with the family and friends of Emiliano Sala.— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 8, 2019
Rest in peace, Emiliano Sala. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 8, 2019
RIP EMI 梁梁梁梁梁— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) February 7, 2019
Enorme tristeza QEDP Emiliano. Mis condolencias a familiares y amigos #PrayForSala //Terribly sad Rest in peace, Emiliano. My condolences to his friends and family #PrayForSala pic.twitter.com/n9aV5CGcI1— Sergio Kun Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) February 8, 2019
Rest in peace Emiliano Sala. Thoughts are with friends and family pic.twitter.com/9BnTKEawgz— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) February 8, 2019
Rest in peace, Emiliano Sala — Jerome Boateng (@JB17Official) February 8, 2019
Condolences to the families of Emiliano and the pilot. pic.twitter.com/EDKsbxpmTg
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
A sad day. The thoughts and sincere condolences of UEFA and the whole European football family are with the friends and family of Emiliano Sala this morning. pic.twitter.com/BD9P0TwwOX— UEFA (@UEFA) February 8, 2019
La @LFPfr a appris hier soir avec une immense tristesse le décès d’Emiliano Sala.— Ligue de Football Professionnel (@LFPfr) February 8, 2019
A l’occasion de la 24e journée de @Ligue1Conforama et de @DominosLigue2, une minute d’applaudissement sera observée sur tous les terrains.
"Hommage à Emiliano Sala" ➡️ https://t.co/X0fLqNphkT pic.twitter.com/TiSVbDlVbU
Sala's sister, Romina, also posted a message on Instagram, the caption for which reads: "
As a player Sala spent most of his career in France, appearing for Bordeaux, Orleans, Niort, Caen and Nantes.
The 28-year-old was enjoying one of his best ever goalscoring seasons in 2018/19 and had hit 12 goals in 19 games for Nantes in Ligue 1 before completing a £15m transfer to Cardiff City. It has been reported that Sala turned down an offer from the Chinese Super League in order to join the Premier League side.
All Ligue 1 and 2 games will hold a minute's applause before kickoff this weekend in tribute to Sala.
"Tonight and during the whole weekend, we will all be united in paying a last tribute to Emiliano before the matches kick off," Ligue de Football Professionnel President Nathalie Boy de la Tour said in a statement.