The funeral of Ghanaian football star, Christian Atsu, took place today, with his family, friends, and fans in attendance to pay their last respects. The ceremony was held at the in Accra.
Atsu’s wife, Marie-Claire Rupio, was unable to hold back tears as she watched the proceedings. She had planned to deliver a tribute to her late husband, but was overcome with grief and unable to speak.
The news of his sudden death shocked the footballing community, and tributes poured in from all over the world.
In a statement released by the family, they expressed their gratitude for the outpouring of support and love they had received from fans, friends, and the wider football community. They also thanked the Ghana Football Association and the government of Ghana for their support during this difficult time.
Atsu began his professional career at Porto in Portugal before moving to Chelsea in 2013. He had loan spells at Vitesse, Everton, Bournemouth, Malaga, and Newcastle United, where he played for three seasons. He returned to Porto on loan for the 2020-21 season before moving to Saudi Arabian side Al-Raed in January 2021.
Atsu represented the Ghana national team 62 times, scoring 10 goals. He was part of the Ghana squad that reached the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
The footballing world has lost a talented player, and Atsu will be missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and loved ones during this difficult time.