BOURNEMOUTH, UK (AFP) – The Argentine football player Emiliano Sala & 39's family provided Friday after British authorities formally identified their body as the one recovered from the wreck of a plane that crashed in the canal more than two weeks ago.
"We can now begin to provide for our son and our brother," Cardiff City attacker family said in a statement.
"We would like to thank all of your signs of love and support in the most painful time of our lives.
" To see everyone do everything to be in the search has been a precious help to us.
Argentine soccer growers Diego Maradona and Gabriel Batistuta also pay tribute to 28-year-old Sala.
His French former club, Nantes, said he was retiring Sala's number nine jersey. This weekend will be pursued by a moment of applause for him.
The light aircraft carrying Sala from Nantes to his new club disappeared near the British island of Guernsey on January 21
The player's body was first seen by British rescuers using a remote-controlled underwater vehicle on Sunday, close to where the plane disappeared from the radar. it to the southern English coast. It was taken to Bournemouth, where it was formally identified.
Investigators said they abandoned plans to lift the aircraft wreck out of the water due to bad weather.
Salas disappearance triggered an annihilation of grief and a flood of money to support a private hunt for the plane when the official search was originally canceled.
"I'm very sorry about the glorious news. Many of us kept a glimpse of hope for you, Emiliano," said the soccer icon Maradona on Instagram, after the body's identification
"What sadness is this the worst news. the peace warrior, "previously tweeted Argentina striker Batistuta.
Manchester City and current Argentina striker Sergio Aguero also expressed his compassion.  The country's president Mauricio Macri also provided the "painful news".
"We're with you," he said.
The little Argentine town of Progreso, where footballer lived most of his childhood, was also in grief.  "When we found out, it's just all we can talk about," said local restaurant owner Oscar Heymo, a friend of Salas father Horacio. "He was very much loved and admired by all."
In Cardiff, club manager Neil Warnock said Southampton and Cardiff City players would have black bracelets in their English Premier League match on Saturday, and a minute's silence would be observed before kickoff.
"When something like this happens, it brings the whole football family together," he said. "It's a loss for everyone in football."
Sala's sister Romina wrote on her Instagram account: "Your soul in my soul will shine forever."