Nantes pays homage to Emiliano Sala

The French club has retired number 9, the number Argentinean footballer Emiliano Sala used with his former team.

Emiliano Sala started playing with Nantes in 2015 in the French Ligue 1.

The Argentinean forward had a great time at the club, scoring 42 goals in 120 matches.

This led English Premier League team Cardiff City to pay a club-record-fee of £15 million for his services.

But when he was traveling from Nantes to the capital of Wales his plane crashed into the English Channel, ending his life and his career.

Now his former club has pay homage to him, retiring the number 9 he used to wear while at the French league.

“We always kept hope, knowing fully well that it was almost an illusion,” Nantes manager Vahid Halilhodzic told the club’s official website.

“The truth has fallen into us, and is terrible and unfair.”

“But it’s terrible. We can now pay tribute to someone who will leave an eternal mark in this club, with his behavior, his modesty,” he added.

“Not only as a player but also as a man. He was unanimous everywhere. I have seen the sporting world pay tribute to this person. We will pay tribute before the training, worthily and simply, as he was.”

“It was a shock to hear this bad news. We were all convinced that he could be somewhere alive, but after two days without news we lost hope,” he explained how Sala’s former teammates felt.

“He was really a loved boy. He disappeared brutally and it’s hard to accept.
I have a lot of affection for my players.”

“After our last match he came and talked to me, thanked me,” he continued.

“There are a lot of things jostling in my memory. We will keep his memory forever. He was an example of humanity. It was a pleasure to work with him. He was a boy with a lot of character.”

“We are also playing a crucial moment in our season. The transfer window has destroyed our work for three and a half months,” Halilhodzic said about the transfers coming into the team.

“I do not know how we will get out of it, but I will try to create this sacred union. The group must come out with character to get by.”


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