/Factbox: Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala

Factbox: Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala

Football Soccer – FC Nantes v OGC Nice – France Ligue 1 – La Beaujoire Stadium, Nantes, France – 18/03/2017 – Nantes’ Emiliano Sala reacts. Picture taken March 18, 2017. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

(Reuters) – Cardiff City football club’s record signing striker Emiliano Sala was on board a light aircraft that went missing over the English Channel late on Monday.

Following are facts about Sala, who joined the Premier League side from Nantes this week in a deal British media reported was worth about 17 million euros ($19.31 million):

– Born Emiliano Raul Sala Taffarel in Argentina’s Santa Fe Province on October 31, 1990

– Began his playing career as a youth at Argentinian side Club Proyecto Crecer, before heading to France where he signed for Girondins de Bordeaux

– The striker made his debut for the club in 2012 before going on loan to French sides Chamois Niortais and Caen

– He joined Nantes in 2015 and has scored 42 goals for the French Ligue 1 side so far

– Sala scored 12 goals this season and is third behind Kylian Mbappe (14) and Nicolas Pepe (13) among top scorers

($1 = 0.8802 euros)

Compiled by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; editing by Jason Neely

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