Christian Atsu’s wife, Marie-Claire Rupio, has paid a touching tribute to her late husband as he was laid to rest in his native Ghana on Friday, March 17.
The former Ghana winger died tragically in February, having been trapped in rubble for over a week following an earthquake in Turkey and Syria.
In her tribute, Rupio described Atsu as a “beloved father and husband,” and spoke of her love for him both in life and in death. “It breaks my heart to lose you,” she said, “but you did not go alone. For part of me went with you. Your love is still my guide, and though I cannot see you, you are always so full of life.”
Rupio went on to say that Atsu’s memory would live on through their three children, who carry a part of him within them. “Your smile, your love, I see you in our children’s smile. You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure,” she said. “But as you always say, God.”
Atsu will be buried in his hometown of Dogobome, where he was born and raised. His death has been mourned by football fans around the world, who remember him as a talented player and a beloved teammate.