Emiliano Sala's dog waits for owner to return home in photograph posted by footballer's sister

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Emiliano Sala’s sister has shared a heartbreaking picture of the footballer’s dog waiting for her owner to return home after the plane carrying the Argentine striker and his pilot was found at the bottom of the English Channel.

The piper malibu aircraft was discovered on Sunday morning by a specialist search party off the coast of Guernsey, with the Air Accident Investigation Branch revealing it contains the body of either Sala, 28, or his pilot David Ibbotson, 59, who are both missing presumed dead.

Cardiff - City - Striker - Sister - Romina

The Cardiff City striker’s sister, Romina, shared the moving image on Facebook of the footballer’s rescue dog Nala staring out into the distance.

She captioned the photo on Saturday: ‘Nala is waiting for you, too.’

Dog - Reasons - Sala - Return - France

The dog is believed to be one of the reasons for Sala’s return to France after signing in Cardiff, as the striker also said farewell to his former teammates at Nantes before making his way back to Wales.

He was understood to have taken the beloved pet to the kennels before starting the process of moving her to the UK to live with him.

Sala - Pilot - Ibbotson - Nantes - France

Sala and pilot Ibbotson left Nantes in France for Cardiff on January 21 - after the star signed for the Welsh Premier League team - and disappeared over the Channel.

The official search was called off after four days but Sala's friends, family and fans clubbed together to hire a private search to continue with renowned shipwreck hunter David Mearns.

Host - Footballer - Europe - Donations - Campaign

A host of footballer's from across Europe made sizeable donations to the campaign, including French World Cup star Kylian Mbappe - who gave $34,000 (£26,000) - and his Paris Saint-Germain teammate Adrien Rabiot and Marseille's Dmitri Payet.

On Sunday morning, the search team's efforts paid off.

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