Emiliano Sala complained about a plane that looked like it was "about to fall apart" in a chilling final message before his disappearance.
The Cardiff City striker, signed for a club record £ 15million fee from Nantes, is feared dead after his plane went missing while traveling to the Welsh capital.
Guernsey Police have confirmed they are off the search for the night and said the chances of survival for Sala or the pilot are "unfortunately slim".
Argentinian media close friends on WhatsApp in the final moments before the plane vanished over the English Channel.
Sala says: "Hello, little brothers, how are you crazy people?
] "Brother, I'm dead, I was here in Nantes doing things, things, things and things, and it never stops, it never stops, it never stops.
" I'm here on a plane that looks like it's about to fall apart, and I'm going to Cardiff, crazy, tomorrow we already start, and in the afternoon we start training, boys, in my new team…
"Let's see what happens, so, how are you brothers and sisters, all right?
"If you are an hour and a half have no news from me, i don't know if they are going to send someone to look for me because they cannot find me, but you know… Dad, how scared am I! ”
Reports suggest Sala had express ed concern about the flight having traveled from Cardiff back to France on the same plane over the weekend.
He texted friends once on board to say the plane was making "weird noises" before the plane was reported as missing at around 8: 30pm on Monday night
The light aircraft had been flying at 5000ft but requested to land while passing Guernsey, with the single-engine plane last detected at 2300 feet when they contacted Jersey air traffic controllers.
Cardiff City canal training on Tuesday, which was due to be the first day with his new team mates, in the wake of the tragic incident.