Emotional Nantes retire No 9 jersey in honour of 'legend' Sala
Nantes: The Ligue 1 side Nantes have retired their jersey No. 9 as a mark of respect to Argentina footballer Emiliano Sala, who died in a plane crash in the English Channel while travelling to Cardiff, Wales.
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The French club paid homage to Sala after his body was recovered from the wreckage of the plane. While paying tribute to Sala, Nantes manager Vahid Halihodzic was in tears as he told reporters he shared a 'special relationship' with the striker. Also Read: 10 young footballers die in Brazil As the news of plane cash broke out messages of condolence have flooded in form around the world for Sala's family and friends of the Argentine, as well as the Ligue 1 club he represented with such distinction. The Argentina striker spent four years of his career at the club. "FC Nantes had the immense sadness on Thursday to learn that the body found was that of Emiliano Sala. This news puts an end to interminable and unbearable waiting. Emiliano will forever be one of the legends who has written the great history of FC Nantes," a press release from the club read. "There are difficult mornings, nightmarish awakenings, where unhappily reality hit us. Emi is gone," the release added. Also Read: Emiliano Sala's body identified from plane wreckage Sala joined the club back in July 2015 and 'knew how to win the hearts of the Nantes supporters' with his clinical performances. Meanwhile, Nantes have also taken a decision to dedicate their official club website to Sala as a mark of honour on Friday.