Emiliano Sala Taffarel was an Argentine professional footballer who played as a striker.
He was born on October 31, 1990, in Cululú, Argentina to Horacio Sala and Mercedes Taffarel.
His father worked as a truck driver, the family later moved to Progreso. He held an Italian passport.
Sala had a brother, Dario, and a sister, Romina. He was a fan of Independiente and, while growing up, he studied footage of his favorite footballer, Gabriel Batistuta.
At the age of 20, during the 2010–11 season, Sala moved to Europe to sign for Bordeaux, the French partner club from Proyecto Crecer.
After playing youth football in Argentina and following a short spell in Portugal’s regional leagues, Sala began his professional career in France with Bordeaux, making his professional debut in February 2012.
On 20 July 2015, Sala joined Ligue 1 club Nantes on a five-year contract with Nantes paying a reported transfer fee of €1 million to Bordeaux. He made his debut for Nantes on the opening day of the 2015–16 season, during a 1–0 victory over Guingamp, and scored his first goal for the club on 5 December 2015 in a 1–1 draw with Ajaccio.
On 19 January 2019, Sala joined Premier League side Cardiff City on a three-and-a-half-year deal for a club-record transfer fee, reported to be £15 million.
Sala had been invited to attend Cardiff’s match against Newcastle United by manager Neil Warnock, but he returned to France to say goodbye to his Nantes teammates and collect personal belongings.
The same aircraft and pilot had flown Sala to Nantes two days earlier. On 23 January, Channel Islands Air Search reported that there was “no hope” of finding any survivors in the water.
Emiliano Sala Children: Did Emiliano Sala Have Kids?
Emiliano Sala did not have kids at the time of his demise.