Emiliano Sala profile: Argentinian hotshot played his entire career in France and was beating Lionel Messi in goal charts earlier this season

Fears continue to grow for Cardiff’s newly signed club-record striker Emiliano Sala as the light aircraft he boarded to fly back to Wales has gone missing.

Premier League side Cardiff splashed out £15million on the 28-year-old forward as they look to stave off relegation to the second tier.

Here, Sportsmail takes a look at his career to date. bandar q

Cardiff had been keeping close tabs on Sala throughout the current campaign and this season’s record of 12 goals in 19 Ligue 1 games made the Bluebirds spend big money on the Argentine.

In November, Sala was outscoring Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi in the goal charts but still remained uncapped by Argentina.

With 10 goals for the season – Sala was his country’s most prolific striker ahead of fellow countrymen Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Mauro Icardi.

Manager Neil Warnock personally went to watch Sala in action on December 5 and saw the Premier League new boy score in the 30th minute.

Warnock was clearly impressed by the striker’s attributes as he convinced his board to sanction a club record move when the January transfer window opened.

Cardiff were not the only Premier League club tracking Sala as Leicester, Burnley, West Ham and Everton all expressed an interest in the highly coveted marksman.

The Premier League strugglers signed Sala on a three-and-a-half-year contact on Saturday.

Before agreeing to move to Wales, Sala had played his entire professional career in France.

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