Soccer player Christian Atsu was found dead after the earthquake in Turkey

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Christian Atsu was found dead after the earthquake in Turkey (REUTERS/Scott Heppell/File Photo)
Christian Atsu was found dead after the earthquake in Turkey (REUTERS/Scott Heppell/File Photo)

A sad news was confirmed in the last hours and completely shook the world of football. The body of Ghanaian footballer Christian Atsu was found dead under the rubble of a residence in the Turkish city of Hatay, one of the most destroyed by the strong earthquakes that struck Turkey and Syria on February 6.

The news was confirmed by both his representative, Murat Uzunmehmet, and his team, Hatayspor. “The remains of our footballer Christian Atsu, who lost his life in the collapse, are on their way to be shipped to his home country of Ghana. We will not forget you, Atsu. Peace be with you, beautiful person. There are no words to describe our sadness. May he rest in peace,” the institution wrote on its Twitter account.

The 31-year-old striker, who had also defended the shirts of Porto, Chelsea and Newcastle, among other clubs, died under the rubble of his home in the “Ronesans Residence”, where his relatives, who had moved to Turkey, were still Rescue work has been going on for days.

Hatayspor manager Fatih Ilek said Atsu had planned to leave the club, and had bought a plane ticket to France for the same day as the earthquake, but backed out of that plan after scoring a last-minute goal against Hatayspor. Kasimpasa from Istanbul and canceled the trip. ”He had a plane ticket, but he gave up going because he played well and scored. He was struck by an earthquake on his happiest day, ”Ilek commented.

The Ghanaian athlete had been missing since the first day of the 7.7 and 7.6 magnitude earthquakes, which left at least 45,000 dead in southeastern Turkey and northern Syria. Taner Savut, Hatayspor’s sporting director, was also found under the rubble of the Ronesans residence, where Atsu lived, but nothing is known about him yet.

Experts estimate that there are still tens of thousands of bodies under the collapsed buildings.

Some of his former clubs also echoed the news. “We deeply regret the death of Christian Atsu, a MálagaCF player during the 15/16 season. A very strong hug for the family, friends and colleagues of your club, the Hatayspor. Rest in peace, Christian”, wrote the official account of Málaga from Spain. “Everyone at Chelsea Football Club is devastated to learn of the tragic passing of our former player, Christian Atsu. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”, added Chelsea.

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It is worth noting that the Turkish Football Federation approved the withdrawal from the leagues of nine teams, including Hatayspor (Super League), which lost players or suffered serious damage in the earthquakes.

*With information from EFE

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