We received the news we least expected: Christan Atsu, a popular soccer player, was found dead in the ruins after the earthquake in Turkey. There are many messages of condolence across the planet. Newcastle United, the club he played for, expressed condolences; “We are profoundly saddened to learn that Christian Atsu has tragically lost his life in Turkey's devastating earthquakes.
A talented player and a special person, he will always be fondly remembered by our players, staff and supporters.
Rest in peace, Christian”.
- Newcastle United wrote on social media. The Ghana Football Association sent a message of condolence. “The Ghana Football Association has received the sad news of the recovery of the body of Christian Atsu from the rubble following the earthquake that struck Southern and Central Turkey on Monday, February 6, 2023.
The Ghana Embassy in Turkey, his club Hatayspor and his agent Nana Sechere have confirmed that the body was recovered early this morning, Saturday, February 18, 2023 after almost two weeks of emotional torture.
We would like to express our deepest condolences to his wife and children, the family, loved ones and the football community.
Christian Atsu won 65 caps for Ghana and helped the Black Stars reach the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations final in Equatorial Guinea where Ghana lost to Ivory Coast on penalties.
May his Soul Rest in Peace!”- they wrote.
Everton sent a message
Everton is also one of the clubs where Atsu built his career. The leaders of Everton sent a message of condolence and expressed sadness after the death of such a great footballer; "We are deeply saddened by today's news that Christian Atsu has been found dead following the earthquake in Turkey earlier this month.
Our thoughts are with his family, friends, colleagues at Hatayspor and everyone affected by this tragic event that has claimed so many lives”.