PSG star Kylian Mbappe has donated £27,000 towards the search for Emiliano Sala’s missing pilot David Ibbotson, according to reports.
The Sun reports that Mbappe donated anonymously under the name Ellie Lottin.
The Frenchman had previously contributed a similar sum to the search for Sala himself and has now supported a similar cause for his Mr. Ibbotson.
Authorities confirmed on Friday that a body found in the wreckage of a crashed plane was identified as missing Cardiff City player, Emiliano Sala.
Since then, tributes have poured in from the footballing world towards the 28-year-old’s family.
Focus has now turned to tracking down David Ibbotson, the pilot who was flying Sala to Cardiff from Nantes on 21 January.
Sala’s body was recovered in a privately-funded search, but the Lincolnshire pilot is still reported missing. A GoFundMe page set up by Mr. Ibbotson’s family has already raised more than £113,000.
Match of the Day pundit Gary Lineker, along with Mbappe, has also donated £1000 towards the cause. Lineker then tweeted out a link to the fundraiser to his millions of followers.
A statement from the Ibbotson’s family on the GoFundMe said: “As a family, we are relying on the kindness of the good-hearted people to help us raise the much-needed funds to help find our beloved Dad, Husband, and Son.
“As a family, we are trying to come to terms with the tragedy and the loss of two incredible men. To be told the search has now been called off for the foreseeable future has only made this tragic time more difficult.
“Any donations would be very much appreciated. To ensure a search is done so we are able to give David the correct send off he deserves and to support the family.”
After seeing the money the fundraiser had already accumulated, the family responded: “From the bottom of my heart! Thank you to each and everyone for your kindness.
“We will keep you all posted once we know more information on what is going to happen and the plan.”
If you would like to contribute to the fundraiser, you can do so by clicking here.