What Michael Essien and his wife said in their tribute to Christian Atsu
What Michael Essien and his wife said in their tribute to Christian Atsu

What Michael Essien and his wife said in their tribute to Christian Atsu

The football world is in mourning today, as one of its own, Christian Atsu, was laid to rest in Ghana after losing his life in a devastating earthquake that struck Turkey last month. 


The news of Atsu's death sent shockwaves through the football community, leaving many in disbelief and heartbroken.

Retired Ghanaian footballer Michael Essien and his wife Akosua paid tribute to their dear friend and former teammate, remembering Atsu as a rare gem, who lived his life to the fullest and left an indelible mark on everyone who knew him.

In a heartfelt message, the couple expressed their profound sadness at the loss of Atsu, who was not only a talented footballer but also a humble and compassionate human being. The couple recounted their fondest memories of Atsu, including the fun times they had together in Cobham, Surrey, and the love and respect he commanded from his peers and admirers.

The couple's tribute to Atsu is a reminder of the power of football to bring people together, regardless of their backgrounds, and the enduring bonds of friendship that can be forged through the beautiful game. 

The philanthropic actions of the 31-year-old were commemorated by his family, fans, and those who benefited from his charitable donations.

Atsu's passing is a loss not just for his family and friends, but for the entire football community, who will remember him as a shining example of what it means to be a true sportsman.

Read the entire tribute below;

Football - what a beautiful game that unites people from all walks of life. 

To us, it is a game that knows no colour, no race, no gender and one which breaks boundaries. A game that gave us some of our greatest friendships, brothers and a real sense of community. A game that gave us you, our brother and dear friend- *Christian Atsu* Just like us, the passion of the game, the zeal to make life better for you and your loved ones, the desire to take our dear mother Ghana onto the worlds’ stage took you to many parts of the world including Turkey.

Our hearts are broken, we are still in shock and saddened about your sudden death. I was in Antalya, Turkey on that fateful day and we wish there were a million and one things we could have done to help or save you, but the Lord knows best. 

You were one of a kind with a rare humility, especially for one so young.

You had an amazing smile and a real compassion for humankind. You were without doubt a great personality and everyone felt this so much so that people seek to emulate you. 

You were always fun to be around and I remember the Fufu sessions and jokes in Cobham, Surrey.

Atsu you have gone too soon. How cruel your exit was. We continue to ask God many questions. Your life has been short on earth but lived to the fullest.

You are indeed our candle in the wind.

Atsu! Atsu!! Atsu!!! May the Angels of Heaven take you to the bosom of God where we trust we shall meet again.

Rest well our brother, Rest easy our dear friend. We will miss you always. Your loving memory will always remain a monument in our hearts..

Onua, Nante Yie..

With so much love and respect,
Michael and Akosua ESSIEN.

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