Ki Sung-yong (34, Seoul) paid tribute to Christian Arts (31), a striker from the Ghanaian national football team who died in the earthquake in Turkiye (formerly Turkey).
On the 18th, Ki Sung-yong mourned on Instagram, saying, “My friend Christian left this land due to the earthquake in Turkey,” and “Christian was always sincere and a very good friend who was always warm to me.” At the same time, he added, “I didn’t know that last month’s contact would be the last, but it really hurts my heart.”
Ki Sung-yong built a friendship with Arts while working together at Newcastle United in the English Premier League. Ki Sung-yong said, “I pray that there will be comfort in the sorrow of the remaining family,” and “I love you, my friend. You were a really great soccer player.”
Artz, who was once known to have been rescued, was found dead at the Renaissance Residence, a luxury apartment complex in Turkiye Antakya, where he resides.
According to the Associated Press, Art’s manager said Saturday that rescuers recovered Art’s body from the ruins of a 12-story luxury apartment building in the city of Antakya, Hatay Province.
Art has been playing for Turkey’s professional football club Hatayspor since September of last year. His main position is winger. The day after scoring the winning goal in a home game on February 5, he fell victim to a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck southeastern Turkiye and northern Syria. Antakya, home of Arts’ team Hatayspor, is in southern Turkey, which was hit the hardest by the earthquake. 온라인바카라
Ats’s body was sent to Ghana that day.
Arts played mainly in the European big leagues before moving to Turkiye. From 2012 to 2019, he scored 9 goals in 65 A matches as a member of the Ghanaian national team, and played an active role in Newcastle (England), Malaga (Spain), and Porto (Portugal).
He joined Newcastle on loan in 2016 and contributed to Newcastle’s promotion to the Premier League, which was in the second division at the time of the 2016-17 season. From 2017 to 2021, he played in 121 Premier League matches over five seasons. I worked with Ki Sung-yong for two seasons. Ki Sung-yueng signed a contract with Newcastle after the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and wore a Newcastle uniform for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 seasons.
It was reported that Arts, who disappeared in the earthquake, had been rescued through the Ghana Football Association, but this turned out to be a false report and was eventually found as a corpse.
The builder of the 12-story Renaissance Residence building where Artz lived was caught and detained at Istanbul airport a week ago while trying to leave the country. He is accused of poor construction.
The strong earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria on the 6th has now confirmed more than 45,000 people.