FACTBOX-Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala

by Reuters
Tuesday, 22 January 2019 12:34 GMT

(Corrects to show Sala fifth among top scorers, last bullet point)

Jan 22 (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.

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) (Compiled by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; editing by Jason Neely)

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