Sala was on his to Cardiff from France after bidding farewell to former club, Nantes on January 21, when the aircraft flying him crashed into the sea along with pilot David Ibbotson.
“Rest in Peace Emiliano. Lots of strength and courage to your family and loved ones 🙏,” Mikel posted.
“Played against him. He was a beast and good finisher. So gentle but God knows best. I’m sure he’s in a better place,” Nwakaeme wrote on his Instagram Page.
C“😭😭You will forever be in our heart 😢😢RIP , read Awaziem’s Instagram post.
Manchester City forward Aguero wrote: ‘Terribly sad. Rest in peace, Emiliano. My condolences to his friends and family.”
Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil said: “No words to describe how sad this is. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and also to the family of the pilot.”
Cardiff released a statement on their website which read: “We offer our most heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the family of Emiliano. He and David will forever remain in our hearts.
As a mark of respect, Nantes have retired Sala’s number 9 jersey.