The earthquake that devastated Turkey and Syria 11 days ago has claimed the life of former footballer Christian Atsu, who played for Chelsea, Málaga, Newcastle United, and Hatayspor. His body was found under the rubble, and his agent, Murat Uzunmehmet, confirmed the news on social media. Atsu’s death shocked the sports world. He played 65 games for Ghana and in the 2013/15 African Cups and 2014 World Cup.
Atsu, who was 31 years old, had been playing for Hatayspor in Turkey. Atsu played for Porto and Chelsea for four seasons, and was loaned to Málaga in Spain. He also played in Saudi Arabia before joining Hatayspor, where he scored one goal in three games.
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Atsu’s disappearance had caused concern, and some reports had suggested that he had been found safe and well, but these were later denied by his club. His death is yet another tragedy for a country that has been grappling with one of the worst disasters in its history. The earthquake has already claimed over 40,000 lives across Turkey and Syria.
The news of his death has prompted an outpouring of grief from the football community. Former teammates, colleagues, and fans have paid tribute to Atsu’s talent, dedication, and kindness. Christian Atsu loss is a reminder to cherish every moment with loved ones due to life’s fragility.
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