Christian Atsu, a soccer player for Ghana, has been found dead, according to his agent, who made the announcement on Saturday. After the catastrophic earthquake that shook Turkey and Syria, Atsu had gone missing.
In the ruins of a luxurious 12-story building where he had been living in the hard-hit city of Antakya, Hatay province, the soccer star’s remains were discovered. He was a member of the Turkish Super Lig club Hatayspor. When his remains were discovered, his family members who had gathered at the scene to wait by the wreckage had all had their hopes dashed.
“Under the debris, Atsu’s lifeless body was discovered. His possessions are still being taken at this time, “According to Murat Uzunmehmet, his agent, DHA is a private news agency.
As more bodies are discovered by search teams, the death toll from the 7.8 earthquake that struck southeastern Turkey and northern Syria on February 6th has surpassed 43,000.
Atsu, 31, played for Chelsea, Newcastle United, Everton, and Bournemouth in the English Premier League before joining Hatayspor last year from Saudi Arabian team Al Raed FC.
Atsu was reportedly rescued alive from the wreckage of a collapsed building and transported to a hospital for treatment, according to reports made a day after the earthquake.
Atsu and Taner Savut, the club’s sporting director, were still missing, Hatayspor reported a few days later. After spending a season with the Saudi Arabian team Al-Raed, Atsu joined Hatayspor in September 2022. On February 5, he scored the game-winning goal in a Super Lig match.
He played for Ghana on 65 occasions and led his team to the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations final, where they were defeated by Ivory Coast on penalties.