The football community paid tribute to Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala after police confirmed it was his body which was removed from a crashed plane.
Sala, 28, was travelling to Cardiff in a private aircraft piloted by David Ibbotson, which went missing over the English Channel on 21 January.
Arsenal star Mesut Ozil could not find words to describe how sad the tragedy was in his tribute on Twitter.
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) February 7, 2019
Fellow midfielder of Turkish origin, Manchester City star Ilkay Gundogan had the following to say.
— Ilkay Gündogan (@IlkayGuendogan) February 8, 2019
Diego Maradona shared the following tribute to his compatriot on his official Instagram account.
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Lamento muchísimo esta noticia tan triste. Muchos guardábamos una luz de esperanza por vos, Emiliano. Le mando un abrazo muy grande a tus familiares y amigos, y agradezco en nombre de los argentinos el respeto de los colegas e hinchas de todas partes del mundo. Hasta siempre Emiliano! #RecenPorSala #PrayForSala
Turkish clubs also offered their deepest condolences to the loved ones of Sala and the fans of Nantes and Cardiff City.
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— Beşiktaş JK English (@BesiktasEnglish) February 8, 2019
— Galatasaray EN (@Galatasaray) February 8, 2019
— Fenerbahçe English (@Fenerbahce_EN) February 8, 2019
Sala was in great form over the 2018/19 season scoring 12 goals in 19 games for Nantes in Ligue 1 before completing a £15m transfer to Cardiff City.
The 28-year-old 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 to pay their respects 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.