Body of footballer found in creek after disappearance

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The body of Uruguayan professional footballer Franco Acosta has been found in a creek two days following his disappearance.

On Saturday afternoon, Acosta tried to swim across the Arroyo Pando creek in the Uruguay region of Canelones, with his brother.

His brother raised the alarm when the former Villarreal and Racing Santander striker did not turn up and the Uruguayan navy confirmed Acosta’s body was recovered on Monday.

The 25-year-old began his playing career at Fenix and represented Uruguay at youth level. He played for the under/20 squad at the 2015 World Cup, which proved to be a launchpad for him signing for Villarreal in Spain that year.

Acosta spent six months on loan at Racing Santander before returning to Uruguay in 2018 to play for Boston River and then Plaza Colonia

The Uruguay Football Federation (AUF) said in a statement: “With profound sadness we lament the death of Franco Acosta, who played for Uruguay’s national team. Our condolences to his family, friends and teammates.”

Villarreal posted a tribute to Acosta and wrote on social media: “Deeply shocked and dejected by your loss. We will always remember you, Franco.”

By Ofhani Munyai

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