British police said on Thursday, February 7th, that a body recovered from the wreckage of the plane that crashed into the English Channel was identified as that of Emiliano Sala.
The light plane disappeared more than two weeks ago near the British island of Guernsey. Aboard were the 28-year-old Argentine footballer, who was moving from France to his new Premier League team Cardiff City, and the 59-year-old pilot David Ibbotson.
His body was found on Wednesday and taken to the southern island of Portland, where he was identified by the British coroners on Thursday.
The initial search for the plane was stopped in the days after it disappeared, but Sala's family hired a shipwreck-hunter, with funds donated by football stars such as Lionel Messi, to find the wreckage.
"I am very sorry for this sad news," Maradona said on his Instagram after the body was identified. "Many of us kept a glimmer of hope for you, Emiliano."
Meanwhile, Argentine President, Mauricio Macri, offered his condolences to Sala's family after the "painful news". "We are with you," he said.