The remains of the Ghanaian footballer Christian Atsu will be brought back to Ghana, specifically his hometown, his club Hatayspor FK has confirmed.
The 31-year-old winger was found dead after he has been missing since Monday, February 6, 2023, when he got trapped under the rubble resulting from a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit south-central Turkey and parts of Syria.
“We will not forget you, Atsu. Peace be upon you, beautiful person. There are no words to describe our sadness. REST in PEACE ATSU,” the club added.
In the early hours of Saturday, February 18, tributes have been pouring in over the demise of the former Chelsea and Newcastle player.
Christian Atsu was born in Ada Foah in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana on January 10, 1992.
In an earlier interview with Goal.com Christian Atsu revealed that money was hard to come by while growing up. He once said that losing his father in tragic circumstances made life even more difficult for his family.
Atsu in 2013, made it big when Chelsea came calling after he was identified as a long-term prospect.
Chelsea paid £3.5 million to FC Porto and signed Christian Atsu, who was subsequently loaned to Vitesse Arnhem, Everton, AFC Bournemouth, and Málaga.
Atsu after signing for Chelsea started enjoying the football money and at Newcastle, he was reportedly earning £32,000 weekly and which made him one of the richest Ghanaian footballers from 2016.
In September 2022, Christian Atsu joined Hatayspor as a free agent and reported taking close to $500,000 as a signing-on bonus.
Başımız sağ olsun.— Hatayspor (@Hatayspor_FK) February 18, 2023
Göçük altında kalarak hayatını kaybeden futbolcumuz Christian Atsu'nun cenazesi memleketi Gana'ya gönderilmek üzere yola çıkmıştır. Seni unutmayacağız Atsu. Mekanın cennet olsun güzel insan. Üzüntümüzün tarifi yok. Huzur içinde uyu. pic.twitter.com/2CSVfwfEuR