Christian Atsu’s final contact as a footballer was scoring a superb free-kick, a shifting video has revealed, after the participant was discovered useless on Saturday morning.
The physique of Atsu, 31, was discovered below rubble 12 days after a devastating earthquake in Turkey.
He performed for Hatayspor in Antakya, Hatay Province, which was badly affected by the pure catastrophe in southern Turkey and northern Syria, which is thought to have killed greater than 40,000 individuals.
And poignant photos have emerged of Ghana’s Atsu’s final match, a 1-0 win towards Kasimpasa on February 5.
The previous Newcastle winger stepped up on 97 minutes to take a set piece, earlier than doubling it into the nook to spark wild celebrations.
Heartwarming photos of Christian Atsu’s closing moments as a soccer participant have emerged (left)
The previous Newcastle winger scored a fantastic match-winning free kick for Hatayspor on February 5
Ghanaian Atsu, 31, has been discovered useless after the devastating earthquake in Turkey
The referee blew the ultimate whistle seconds later, confirming an important victory for Hatayspor, who moved out of the relegation zone and a degree forward of their opponent Kasimpasa within the battle towards relegation.
His hit led to joyous scenes, with followers and coaches leaping for pleasure, and teammates harassing Atsu to congratulate him.
Born: January 10, 1992, Ghana
Rio Ave (mortgage): 2011-2012
Vitesse (mortgage): 2013-14
Everton (mortgage): 2014-15
Bournemouth (mortgage): 2015-16
Malaga (on mortgage): 2016
Newcastle (mortgage): 2016-17
Newcastle (everlasting): 2017-2021
Al Raed: 2021-22
Hatayspor have since withdrawn from the Tremendous Lig, the top-tier division in Turkey.
Atsu had been lacking because the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck within the early hours of February 6.
Nonetheless, one among his brokers has confirmed that his physique has been found below the rubble.
Murat Uzunmehmet revealed the devastating information 12 days after the catastrophe.
He informed reporters on Saturday: ‘Atsu’s lifeless physique was discovered below the rubble.
‘Presently, extra objects are nonetheless being put out. His telephone was additionally discovered.
One other of Atsu’s brokers, Nana Sechere, additionally introduced the information.
“It’s with the best remorse that I’ve to announce to all supporters that Christian Atsu’s physique was sadly recovered this morning,” he stated.
‘My condolences to his household and family members.
“I want to take this chance to thank everybody for his or her prayers and help.”
Atsu’s Hatayspor membership referred to as him “a ravishing individual” and stated there have been “no phrases to explain our disappointment”.
“The funeral of our soccer participant Christian Atsu, who misplaced his life within the landslide, is on his strategy to be despatched to his hometown, Ghana,” they stated on Twitter, masking up his profile image.
‘We won’t neglect you, Atsu. Peace be with you, stunning individual.
‘There aren’t any phrases to explain our disappointment. Relaxation in peace.
The whereabouts of the Ghanaian worldwide have been unknown after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake
Atsu’s family waited for information as search and rescue operations have been carried out in Turkey.
Atsu loved an especially spectacular profession, showing for Newcastle and Chelsea (proper)