Emiliano Sala will forever remain in the thoughts of Cardiff City, the club said, as his body was formally identified after being recovered from underwater wreckage in the English Channel.
Dorset Police say the body recovered from a plane which crashed in the English Channel has been formally identified as Cardiff striker Emiliano Sala.
His families who have been hoping for him to survive have been told the devastating news and they are being supported by specially-trained family liaison officers.
"Our thoughts remain with them at this hard time", Dorset Police said in an official statement.
Shipwreck hunting expert David Mearns, who assisted in the second search, said his thoughts were with the family and friends of both Sala and Mr Ibbotson.
Efforts to retrieve the body were hampered by hard weather conditions but it was finally brought to Isle of Portland on Wednesday night and then ID'd as the former FC Nantes player.
The plane had requested to descend before it lost contact with Jersey air traffic control.
Poor weather conditions prevented a full recovery of the aircraft, which remains 67m under water.
Dorset police made the announcement on Thursday evening after a coroner's examination of the body, which was recovered from the seabed wreckage of the plane on Wednesday.
It said that extensive video footage captured by a remotely operated vehicle is expected to "provide valuable evidence for our safety investigation", adding that it intends to publish an interim report on the accident later this month.
It comes after Nantes had opened legal proceedings against Cardiff over the payment of the transfer fee.
Ross Taylor of A-to-Sea Solutions - whose survey ship located the wreck - said the crew found the missing plane on its third "line" of the search area in question.
Despite Sala's importance to Nantes, he was keen to move on, and club president Waldemar Kita was keen to cash in on a player whose contract was due to expire in 2020.