Christian Atsu’s Turkish agent Murat Uzun Mehmet has today 18th of February 2023 Christian Atsu was found dead.
The Ghanaian international has passed away following the devastating earthquake that struck Turkey’s south-eastern border 11 days ago and has claimed the lives of over 35,000 people.
Atsu is currently contracted to Turkish side Hatayspor and scored a spectacular 97th-minute free kick in their 1-0 win over Kasimpasa in the Turkish Super Lig on 5 February.
In recent heartbreaking developments, it has now been revealed that he was set to leave the country but changed his mind after netting in that victory.
The 31-year-old’s whereabouts remained unknown after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that took place in the early hours of the morning of February 6.
One week after the devastating earthquake, news had it that former Chelsea, Newcastle, Bournemouth, and Everton winger had been rescued with a few injuries on his right leg but his club Hatayspor and agent Nana Sechere had revealed over the past week that these claims were untrue.
The 31 -year old attacker spent five years at Stamford Bridge but never actually made an appearance for the first team as he spent temporary spells away from the club with Vitesse Arnhem, Everton, Bournemouth, Malaga, and Newcastle before he made a permanent move to the Magpies in 2016.
He was promoted to the Premier League with the club during the 2016-17 season under Rafa Benitez and he made 121 appearances in total over five years.
Upon leaving Newcastle, he moved to Saudi Arabia to play for Al-Raed, before he joined Hatayspor last September.
Christian Atsu also had a decorated international career, winning 65 caps for Ghana and scoring nine goals, while he also represented them at the 2014 World Cup.
He was awarded Player of the Tournament at the 2015 AFCON when the Black Stars came runners-up.
Atsu was married to one wife, Marie-Claire Rupio Atsu with whom he had three children.
Atsu’s last moments in football is a happy one when scored a spectacular 97th-minute free kick in their 1-0 win over Kasimpasa in the Turkish Super Lig on 5 February.