On Friday morning, UK police have confirmed that the body recovered from the wreckage of a crashed plane has been identified as that of the missing Argentine footballer and Cardiff City player- Emiliano Sala.
Sala, 28, was travelling to Cardiff in a plane piloted by David Ibbotson, which went missing over the English Channel on January 21, reports the BBC.
The Argentine's body was recovered late on Wednesday after the wreckage was found on Sunday morning.
Dorset Police confirmed the identification on Thursday night.
"The body brought to Portland Port today (Thursday) has been formally identified as that of professional footballer Emiliano Sala.
"The families of Sala and the pilot David Ibbotson have been updated with this news...," the force said in a statement.
The Air Accidents Investigations Branch (AAIB) said the search and rescue operation had been carried out "as dignified a way as possible" and the men's families were kept updated throughout.
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.
After the saddening news spread out many players, clubs and fans across the globe paid tribute to Sala on social media.
Rest in peace Emiliano Sala. Thoughts are with friends and family 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/9BnTKEawgz— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) February 8, 2019
Emiliano Sala (1990-2019)— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) February 7, 2019
Rest in peace pic.twitter.com/w3F7kt1d5Z
Rest in peace, Emiliano. 💙 pic.twitter.com/WmJrCuwg0x— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 8, 2019
(With IANS Inputs)