January 22, 2019 / 11:30 AM / a year ago

Factbox: Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala

FILE PHOTO: Football Soccer - FC Nantes v OGC Nice - France Ligue 1 - La Beaujoire Stadium, Nantes, France - 18/03/2017 - Nantes' Emiliano Sala reacts. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

(Reuters) - Cardiff City’s record signing striker Emiliano Sala was on board a light aircraft that went missing over the English Channel late on Monday. [nL8N1ZM2ER]

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 ($19.3 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 had scored 12 goals this season in France’s Ligue 1 to rank fifth among top scorers behind Kylian Mbappe (17), Edinson Cavani (14), Neymar Jr and Nicolas Pepe (13)

($1 = 0.8802 euros)

(The story corrects the last bullet point to show Sala was fifth among top scorers)

Compiled by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; editing by Jason Neely

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