After the 28-year-old football star Emiliano Sala signed the deal of his life with Cardiff City worth £15 million (S$26.4 million), he was on his to the be one of the Bluebirds in a single-engine jet from France to the Welsh capital when the air traffic control lost contact with the plane.January 20, 2019
After a couple of hours, Emiliano sent a Whatsapp voicemail to his father that would send a chill down anyone's spine. Constantly complaining about the condition of the Sala said: “I'm here on a plane that looks like it's about to fall apart...”
Terrified and unaware of his whereabouts, the nervous footballer said: "If in an hour and a half you have no news from me, I don't know if they are going to send someone to look for me because they cannot find me. But you know… Dad, I am so scared!"
It's been more than two days since the aircraft went off-radar and British and French search parties have been working closely to find the athlete but other than finding some objects floating in the English Channel that potentially belonged to the jet, they have not been able to get solid evidence.
A visibly upset Mehmet Dalman, Cardiff City FC's chairman, came forward and said that Sala had declined the club's travel arrangements as he had dispositions of his own and would be joining the club the next day to practice with the rest of the roster for the very first time.
Emiliano's 27-year-old ex-girlfriend Berenice Schkair is heartbroken. In an emotional post, she wrote: “I want to wake up and all of this to be a lie. Please investigate because I cannot believe this accident. Don't suspend the search for bad weather when you only just found objects floating. I need to read that you have shown up.”
Plz Godðð¼ð¹. I hope they're still out there somewhere alive waiting to be rescuedðð¼ Plz go n check the Island burhou on foot, that's all I'm begging you to do. Thanksðð¼ I'm going to prayðð¼ #burhou #Emilianosala @GuernseyPolice pic.twitter.com/DGGKlK8o3R— P.Tawies (@pim51088079) January 24, 2019
In another post, Schkair also claimed that the disappearing of her ex was the work of the “football mafia” and that the officials in Nantes should look into it.
Fans of both Nantes and Cardiff City are shaken to the core and have come out in huge numbers to show support and condolences towards the soccer sensation and his father, Horacio Sala, who is in absolute shock. “He was so happy that he was going there (Cardiff), to an even bigger club… He was doing too well, he was playing so well, and then this news… There are no words to describe the feeling,” he said.
However, after two days of a relentless rescue operation, the police are prepared for the worst and have presumed Sala and the pilot to be dead. However, the search has not yet been called off.
Sala worked hard to reach where he was. Making his professional debut for Bordeaux, one of France's Ligue 1 clubs in 2012, where he struggled to score goals but found his form in Niort, a Ligue 2 club. He eventually signed a five-year contract with Nantes where he was also the leading scorer for the year.
In 2019, Sala was about to realise his dream of playing in the Premier League with Cardiff City before disappearing on 22nd January 2019.