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Emiliano Sala's sister posted a heartbreaking tribute on Instagram after Dorset Police released a statement on their website and identified the body as the missing footballer's.
"The body brought to Portland Port today, Thursday 7th February 2019, has been formally identified by HM Coroner for Dorset as that of professional footballer Emiliano Sala," Dorset Police said.
"The families of Mr Sala and the pilot David Ibbotson have been updated with this news and will continue to be supported by specially-trained family liaison officers.
"Our thoughts remain with them at this difficult time.
"HM Coroner will continue to investigate the circumstances of this death supported by Dorset Police."
After hearing the worst possible news last night, Romina Sala took to Instagram to post an emotional message.
"Your soul in my soul it will shine forever thus illuminating the time of my existence. I love you, tito," his sister wrote, accompanied by a picture of the 28-year old.
Sala's new club, Cardiff City, who he signed for in the January transfer window, took to Twitter to release a heartfelt statement on the player and the pilot.
"We offer our most heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the family of Emiliano. He and David will forever remain in our thoughts," the club said.
The football community was awash with tributes to the fallen striker, with messages of support coming from a whole host of players in the game.
RIP EMI- Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) February 7, 2019
Enorme tristeza :cry: QEDP Emiliano. Mis condolencias a familiares y amigos #PrayForSala :pray://Terribly sad :cry: Rest in peace, Emiliano. My condolences to his friends and family #PrayForSala :pray: pic.twitter.com/n9aV5CGcI1- Sergio Kun Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) February 8, 2019
A few days back, Sala's sister posed a touching image of his dog, Nala waiting for him and yesterday she confirmed she will look after the 'faithful companion'.
SPORTbible would like to send out its condolences to the families and friends of Mr Sala and Mr Ibbotson during this difficult time.
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