Christian Atsu, a professional footballer from Ghana, now represents the Saudi Arabian team Al-Raed FC. Atsu is one of the most skilled and promising players in Africa, and he has enjoyed a successful career playing for both club and nation.
He is worth $2 million dollars. As an AM RL for Hatayspor, Christian Atsu made £9,400 every week, or £488,800 annually.
Atsu’s birthplace is Ada Foah, which is in the Greater Accra Area. He attended the West African Football Academy at Sogakope, in the Volta Region of Ghana, which was once known as the Feyenoord Football Academy in Gomoa Fetteh, Central Region of Ghana. After a while, he switched teams and signed with Kasoa’s Cheetah FC.
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Goal scorer Atsu made his Ghana national team debut on 1 June 2012 against Lesotho. BBC called him a “great prospect,” and ESPN said he was “quick and technically good” and might be a future star for his national team.
At the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, which was held in South Africa, he was included in the Ghanaian team the year prior. He played the whole first game, a 2-2 draw with DR Congo, and came off the bench for the subsequent 1-0 victory over Mali. In the last group game, against Niger at Port Elizabeth, he returned to the starting lineup and scored the second goal of a 3-0 victory, sending his team to the quarterfinals as group winners. When Ghana finished in fourth place, Atsu played a key role in their remaining matches and scored the goal that eliminated them from the tournament in a penalty shootout against Burkina Faso.
Atsu was a member of Ghana’s 2014 FIFA World Cup roster and started every game before the team was knocked out in the group stage.
Atsu scored twice in Ghana’s 3-0 quarterfinal triumph over Guinea at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. After he helped get them there, the team ultimately fell in a penalty shootout to the Ivory Coast in the championship game. He won the tournament’s Player of the Tournament and Goal of the Tournament honors for his goal in the final match against Guinea.
Atsu was also a member of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Team of the Tournament when Ghana finished in fourth place. He was summoned to participate in the Egypt 2019 tournament.
The Christian faith was important to Atsu, and he often posted inspirational quotes from the Bible online. He was involved in charity work, serving as an ambassador for Arms Around the Child, an organization that helps disadvantaged children; he also paid thousands of pounds in bail money to free Ghanaians who had been jailed for stealing food, as described in his obituary by Guardian writer Louise Taylor, who called him “a true Christian in every sense of the word.”
His father was a fisherman and farmer on the Volta River, and he was one of ten children. His sister and he were twins. With his wife, the writer Marie-Claire Rupio, Atsu had three children—two sons and a girl.
Atsu vanished on February 6th, 2023, after the Turkey-Syria earthquake, and it is believed that he is buried somewhere in the ruins of the Hatayspor headquarters in Antakya. Vice President Mustafa Zat of the club reported Atsu had been rescued and was in the hospital the next day, while manager Volkan Demirel said both Atsu and the sporting director, Taner Savut, were still missing as of February 8. Atsu’s representative confirmed the discovery of two pairs of his shoes on the 14th, but Atsu himself was still missing. The news that his body had been pulled from the wreckage of the building he was living in reached his representative on February 18th. At around 6 a.m. GMT, news outlets announced his passing.
Before their match against Liverpool on February 18, 2023, Atsu’s previous club, Newcastle United, paid respect to their former player. A minute of applause was held before kickoff to show appreciation to the players and staff. Atsu’s family included his wife Mario-Claire Rupio and their two kids. The weekend’s Premier League games weren’t the only ones to feature the tribute.