Ki Sung-yong (34, Seoul) paid tribute to Christian Arts (31), a striker from the Ghana national football team who died in the earthquake in Turkiye (Turkey).
On the 18th, Ki Sung-yong mourned on Instagram, saying, “My friend Christian left this country because of the earthquake in Turkey.” “Cristion was always sincere and he was a very good friend who was always warm to me.”
She wrote, “I didn’t know last month’s contact would be the last, but my heart hurts so much.”
Artz was found dead at the Renaissance Residence, a luxury apartment complex in Turkiye Antakya, where he lived.
Since last year, Atsu, who has played for the Turkish professional football team Hatayspor, is a well-known player among domestic football fans as he has mainly played in the big European leagues.
Between 2012 and 2019, he scored 9 goals in 65 A matches as a member of the Ghana national team, and played an active role in Newcastle (England), Malaga (Spain), and Porto (Portugal).
In particular, he played 121 official matches at Newcastle from the English Premier League (EPL) over five seasons from 2017 to 2021.
At this time, he formed a relationship with Ki Sung-yong.
Ki Sung-yueng, who finished the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, signed a contract with Newcastle and ate arts and rice in the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 seasons.
Ki Sung-yong added, “I pray that there will be comfort in the grief of the remaining family members.”
Artz went missing in an earthquake and was rescued through the Ghana Football Association, but his whereabouts are still unknown and it has been confirmed that he died in the rubble.
The earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria on the 6th is considered the sixth deadliest natural disaster of the 21st century, with 39,672 deaths in Turkey alone.
Including Syrian casualties, the total number of confirmed deaths in both countries exceeds 45,000.
[전국매일신문] Reporter Kim Na-hyun
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