Emiliano Sala’s Death is still fresh in my head were the words of Argentine striker’s friends and family’s comment especially his mom. The 28-years-old was to sign for the English side last year January transfer before he was involved in a plane crash which claimed his life. His body was not found as at the time of the crash but it was later discovered some days later.
January 21 will forever be a day not to forget in a hurry for the argentine family, Cardiff City and Nantes football club. Sala was on his way to join Cardiff City, following a £15m transfer from French side Nantes, when the plane he was travelling in crashed. He had signed for the Welsh club two days before. Cardiff and Nantes have since been in dispute over transfer payment.
Emiliano Sala Soccer Sojourn
Emiliano Sala joined Girondins de Bordeaux when he was 20yrs old, he stayed there for four years before joining Nantes where he scored 42 goals in 120 games. He was on his way to his club when the plane crashed. The Argentine’s body was recovered from the wreckage in the English Channel plane. David Ibbotson who was the pilot till date has not been found.
Sala’s father Horacio also died last year. He suffered a heart attack at the age of 58 in April, three months after his son’s death which could be traced to the untimely death of his son. His mom addressing the media said Emiliano Sala’s death is still fresh in her head. “When Emi was 15, he sat in the kitchen at our old house and told me: ‘Mummy, I want to be a football player’. He wanted that so much, and to pursue that dream he had to move to San Francisco, in Cordoba province,” his mother added.
“He was just a boy, and it was so difficult to see him leave, but he was so resolute, so convinced that he would make it. It was his dream, and he did make it. He loved football. And now he was so excited to play in the Premier League.” His dream to play for the Argentine national team never came through.
Friends and Family Expresses their Pain Over Emiliano Sala’s Death
Friends and family of Emiliano Sala expressed their grief and pain of their very own star player. They spoke of how nice he was and his life ambition and dream to represent the Argentine National team. Cardiff City manager Neil Harris also expressed his shock and disbelieve at the news. Speaking media, the Bluebird manager said: “It was tragic for everyone. First and foremost, his family and his friends and then everyone in the football industry,”
“It’s in moments like that when everyone pulls together, you really feel for a lad who was following his dream of playing in English football. “Speaking to people at the club, I’ve got an understanding of how difficult it was for everyone, from outside looking in I could see the sorrow in everyone.
“You can’t comprehend it, moving on it’s still fresh in everyone’s minds, football is important but you have to think of people’s families and think about them at this time.” Emiliano Sala was looking forward to his move to the Premier League and he dreamed of getting a call-up to represent Argentina.
In November 2017, he was Argentina’s most prolific striker behind Lionel Messi. His brother Dario, and many people from Progreso, still cherish the image captured from TV. The picture has it that Messi had scored a goal every 95 minutes while Emiliano Sala scores every 98.
Nantes are planning a commemorative shirt to raise funds for the Argentine clubs Sala, 28, played for. The French Ligue 1 side will wear the shirt when they face Bordeaux at the weekend. Proceeds from the sale of the jersey will go to the Club San Martin de Progreso and Proyecto Crecer clubs.
As well as tributes at Cardiff City Stadium, a public service will also be held for Sala and pilot David Ibbotson. it will be held at St David’s Metropolitan Cathedral in the city later on Tuesday.
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