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 (former 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.” 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. 메이저놀이터 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.
Ats’ 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).