Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala confirmed dead in plane crash

The Geo Ocean III, which was involved in finding the wreckage, took the body back to the nearest port of Portland in Dorset, where the body was formally identified. I don't understand why good people leave very early.

The UK's Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) confirmed on Thursday (AEDT) that a victim had been passed to the Dorset Coroner, having been recovered with the help of specialist contractors.

"What sadness, this is the worst news".

"Profound pain over the death of Emiliano Sala", the AFA said.

Sala's sister Romina, Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren and Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero also sent their condolences.

The Argentine Football Association also expressed its condolences on Twitter. 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".

Clubs in France's Ligue 1 and 2, where Sala played for the majority of his career, will hold a minute's applause before this weekend's matches in his memory.

David Mearns, the man leading the private search which had located the wreckage, said he was pleased he could at least bring some closure to the family. "It's a loss to everyone in football", Warnock added.

She wrote in Spanish: "Your soul in my soul will shine forever, thus illuminating the time of my existence".

The discovery of two seat cushions on the French coast last week revealed that the plane had broken apart.

Sky sources say Nantes have now started legal action against Cardiff, asking for the first payment of the transfer fee, which is understood to be more than £5m.

An official search was called off on January 24 after Guernsey's harbour master said the chances of survival were "extremely remote". Our thoughts are with the friends and family of Emiliano Sala.

The plane wreckage was spotted by a ship hired by the family.

"Although it was not possible to recover the aircraft, the extensive video record captured by the ROV is expected to provide valuable evidence for our safety investigation".

Sala scored 73 goals and registered 19 assists in 200 appearances throughout his club career and was considered as a late bloomer entering the peak of his ability at the age of 28.

Vanessa Coleman