Tributes have been paid to the footballer Emiliano Sala after his body was recovered from the Channel and formally identified.
An aircraft carrying the Cardiff City player, flown by David Ibbotson, crashed on 21 January en route from Nantes to Cardiff.
A body was recovered from the sea north of Guernsey and formally identified by the Dorset coroner after being brought to the UK.
Ghana forward Majeed Waris has joined the long list of footballers paying tribute to Argentine striker . He posted on social media: “You were loved by everyone and you will be remembered by everyone. RIP,”
The pair have been phenomenal for Nantes this season before Sala left for Cardiff City.
Mesut Özil of Arsenal wrote: “No words to describe how sad this is. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and also to the family of the pilot.”
Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy tweeted an image of Sala, while the Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappé wrote simply: “RIP Emi.”
The Everton player Oumar Niasse, who is on loan at Cardiff City, tweeted: “RIP EmilianoSala1 for ever in our thoughts”.
David Mearns, the shipwreck expert who led a private search for the plane, tweeted: “Rest in peace Emiliano. I was glad to provide some small comfort to … the whole Sala family during the past two weeks, but my heart goes out to the family and friends of David Ibbotson, whose loss is the same.”
Dorset police said: “The body brought to Portland port has been formally identified by HM coroner for Dorset as that of professional footballer Emiliano Sala.
“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.”
The wreckage of the Piper Malibu N264DB that was carrying the two men was found in the sea off the Channel Islands on Sunday, and investigators said shortly afterwards they had seen a body inside.
Efforts then began to recover and identify the body, though they were made more difficult by poor weather conditions.
Sala had recently been signed by Cardiff City from the French club Nantes. He was returning to south Wales from the French city, which he had visited to say goodbye to old friends and teammates, when the crash occurred.