Lionel Messi requests authorities to resume search for missing Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Updated: Jan 26, 2019, 10:41 AM(IST)

Lionel Messi has urged the authorities to continue the search for the plane carrying Premier League football player Emiliano Sala. Photograph:( Others )

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Messi wrote on his Instagram, 'While there are possibilities, a thread of hope, we ask you to please do not stop looking.'

Argentine footballer Lionel Messi has urged the authorities to continue the search for the plane carrying Premier League football player Emiliano Sala which disappeared over the English Channel a few days ago.

Rescuers said on Thursday they had ended the search stating that the chances of survival were extremely remote. 

Messi wrote on his Instagram, "While there are possibilities, a thread of hope, we ask you to please do not stop looking."

He added, "All my strength and support to your family and friends."

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Cardiff City's new signing Sala and the aircraft's pilot, David Ibbotson, have been missing since Monday night. 

Rescuers had mentioned that chances of finding either of them alive were almost vanishingly slim. 

A recording had since emerged of a fearful voice message Sala apparently sent in which he expressed concerns about the single-engine Piper Malibu aircraft he was flying in. 

The 28-year-old Argentina-born forward was en route from Nantes in western France to make his debut for Welsh team Cardiff City.

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