Friday, February 28, 2020

When Tragedy Strikes: Emiliano Sala Will Never Be Forgotten

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There are no words to describe what happened with Emiliano Sala. The former Nantes star was tearing up the Ligue 1 and earned a much-deserved transfer to Cardiff City in the English Premier League, where he was expected to be the club’s savior on their quest to avoid relegation. But the Argentinian never managed to play for the Welsh side.

After Sala waved goodbye to his former Nantes teammates, he took a plane to travel to Cardiff… and that’s the only thing we knew about him. The plane suddenly disappeared and he’s yet to be found. Unfortunately, the search stopped earlier this week when the authorities announced that the chances of finding Sala alive were slim to none.

The Argentine had only completed his £15m switch from Nantes last week, but the story is deeper than that. It’s about life and it’s life. It’s about how things can disappear from one moment to another. And it’s about how dreams can be taken away in the blink of an eye. Especially when you’re seemingly reaching the top.

Obviously, football should take a backseat here. Losing Sala is bigger than Cardiff potentially missing a player that would have boosted their attacking line considerably. It’s not about Argentina potentially missing another attacking option towards the 2019 Copa America. And it has nothing to do with money, business or anything like that. Football lost another player to tragic circumstances, in a trend that continues to become increasingly popular.


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So many questions and little to no answers…

We could try to find who’s responsible over what happened. The safety of the plane was always concerning, and it seemed even Sala knew something might go wrong. There are voice messages that Sala sent before boarding the plane that are downright scary. He reportedly said he was scared and that “if no one knew anything about him in 1.5 hours, then they’d have to search for him”. It’s almost as if he “predicted” his own disappearing.

If we talk about football and what Sala meant for Nantes, he was a deadly striker who was at the peak of his career. He was one of the top scorers in the Ligue 1 before his transfer to Cardiff. That’s not easy, but he did it after going all the way up from the Ligue 2 when no one knew him. He climbed all the way to the top in France, and needed a new challenge.

Unfortunately, life got in the way. We will never know how Sala would have fitted in the English Premier League. We also don’t know whether he would have ended representing Argentina in the 2019 Copa America – although he was reportedly on the National Team’s radar. There are so many questions and so few answers, that we will only get clarity of the situation as days, weeks and months pass by.

We only know one thing, though. Sala will be missed. Not only in France and England, but all over the world. His accident certainly impacted the football world as a whole. And he will never be forgotten.



Juan Pablo Aravena

A freelance writer and sports analyst with almost five years of experience in the industry before joining SoccerNews, Juan Pablo Aravena is based in Chile and currently contributes to several publications and websites including SoccerNews, 12up, and Sports From The Basement, while also working as a fantasy beat writer for RotoWire, as a database editor for EA Sports, and as a football analyst for SmartOdds and InsideFutbol. His areas of focus are Serie A, Bundesliga, Premier League, LaLiga, and Ligue 1, but he has also written about MLS and South American football in the past.



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