Emiliano Sala’s former club Nantes are to retire their No 9 shirt in honour of the footballer who died in a plane crash in the English Channel. The French club made the announcement in an emotional tribute to the striker after a body recovered from the wreckage of the plane was confirmed to be the missing footballer.
A statement released by the club read: “FC Nantes had the immense sadness on Thursday to learn that the body found was that of Emiliano Sala. This news puts an end to interminable and unbearable waiting. Emiliano will forever be one of the legends who has written the great history of FC Nantes”.
“There are difficult mornings, nightmarish awakenings, where unhappily reality hit us. Emi is gone… Emiliano Sala arrived on the backs of the Edre in July 2015 and knew how to win the hearts of the Nantes supporters. With his work, his desire and his kindness without limits, he finished as the club’s top scorer in his three seasons”.
“The homages paid to him nationally and internationally match the player and personal that he was. Today, we have lost a friend, a talented player and an exemplary team-mate”.
“Nantes, its board, its staff and its players, wish to pass the families of Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson their deepest condolences. We will never forget you Emi. He’s an Argentine who never gives up, Emiliano Sala, Emiliano Sala…”.
Waldemar Kita, President of FC Nantes, also took part in the club’s statement: “I do not have the words, it’s a tragedy, I’m devastated, Emiliano left his mark, which is why, like many fans, I want to honor him again by removing the number 9”.