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Body recovered from plane ID'd as missing soccer star Emiliano Sala

Body recovered from plane ID'd as missing soccer star Emiliano Sala

The plane, piloted by Ibbotson, 59, and carrying Sala, was traveling from Nantes, France, to Cardiff, Wales, when it disappeared from radar over the English Channel on January 21, according to The Washington Post.

In a statement, they said: "We would like to thank you for all your signs of affection and support in what is the most painful time of our lives".

Dorset police announced on Thursday night that a body recovered from the plane the day before had been identified as that of Sala.

Sala was headed to Cardiff to make his debut in the English Premier League after departing the French soccer club FC Nantes.

Sala's plane went down while he was on his way from Nantes to join new club Cardiff City, whom he had signed for in a record £15 million (US$19.4 million) deal.

The wreckage of the plane was found on Sunday following a privately-funded underwater search.

"Rest in peace Sala".

Sadly though, the player's body was found and the club released a statement saying that he would "forever be remembered as a legend who has written in the history of the club".

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"My thoughts are with you and your family".

Romina took to Instagram after Dorset Police confirmed the Argentine, 28, had died after the Malibu Piper PA-46 went down in the English Channel on January 21.

The body of the 28 year old was transported from the wreckage of the Piper Malibu plane, where it crashed into the sea off the coast of Alderney, to the United Kingdom yesterday.

The academy has a partnership with Bordeaux, and Sala was one of a handful of players to have gone from there to the French side.

Last weekend, Cardiff commemorated Sala during their match in the Premier League.

Many other clubs paid tribute to Sala today.

Remotely operated Vehicles (ROVs) were used in tough conditions to pull the body out of the water in a "dignified" way, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said.

A chilling audio message surfaced in the days after his plane vanished, in which Sala tries to sound calm but tells friends from aboard the doomed aircraft that he is "so scared" as it appears to be "falling apart".