'Nala is waiting for you': Emiliano Sala's sister posts moving image of striker's pining dog
Romina, who lives in Santa Fe, Argentina, and has a young son, has transformed her Facebook page into a shrine to her brother since his disappearance.
She posted the pictures at the weekend, showing loyal Nala staring off into the distance at the sky, seemingly hoping the tragic player would return any second.
The post is made all the more heart-rending as it is believed Sala, 28, had traveled on the private Piper Malibu aircraft to say his goodbyes to close friends, including Nala, before linking up with his Cardiff City teammates for his first day of training following his club-record £15 million move from Nantes.
Social media users were shattered by the images, and posted their own tributes to a tragic tale in football.
Since Sala lived alone, he got Nala soon after moving to Nantes in 2015 to keep him company. It has been reported that one of the reasons Sala flew back to France was to make sure Nala was ok and to take her to the kennel and start the process to bring her to Wales with him. pic.twitter.com/hrxKhVSYwu— Juan Velazquez (@JuanDirection58) February 4, 2019
A recent photo posted by Emiliano #Sala’s sister Romina on Facebook yesterday showing his saddened dog waiting for him to come home...Emiliano must surely have been a really good guy 🙏🏼🐶❤️ pic.twitter.com/T2IFpgDx2G— Alessandro Schiavone (@AlessandroLdn) February 4, 2019
The fact that Emiliano Sala’s dog Nala is now without her owner has made me extremely sad. pic.twitter.com/mw3XbvutlM— HLTCO (@HLTCO) February 5, 2019
Can’t stop thinking about Emiliano Sala’s Dog, Nala waiting for him to come home. 🙂😢 pic.twitter.com/eewlzE4miE— Samie (@SamieJxx) February 4, 2019
Sala had plans to later arrange transport to the Welsh capital for Nala, who he rescued from an animal shelter and would regularly walk the Labrador in the vineyards of French town Carquefou, north of Nantes, which he had made his home.
The 28-year-old himself had expressed his love for his pet on Instagram, calling Nala the "new member" and his "faithful companion" in 2015.
Sadly, those plans never came to fruition. On Sunday, wreckage of the plane was found around 63 meters underwater in the English Channel off Guernsey, two weeks after it had lost contact with the coastguard.
A day later, Air Live reported that, following an investigation by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), video footage showed a body present within the plane's wreckage, belonging to one of the the plane's crew, which consisted of Sala and the aircraft's pilot, David Ibbotson.Also on rt.com Sala plane tragedy: Underwater VIDEO released by investigators shows one body inside wreckage