Turkey Earthquake: What happened to Christian Atsu Twasam?

On January 24, 2023, Turkey was struck by a magnitude 6.2 earthquake that caused widespread destruction and claimed the lives of over 40 people. One of the victims was Ghanaian international footballer Christian Atsu Twasam, playing for Trabzonspor in the Turkish Super Lig. His death was a tragic loss for the football world, and his passing has left a considerable void in the hearts of his family, friends, and fans.

Background on Christian Atsu

Christian Atsu was born in Ada Foah, Ghana, on January 10, 1992. He began playing football at an early age and was already getting the attention of scouts from major teams by the time he was a teenager. He joined Porto in 2010, and following an excellent spell there, he joined Chelsea in 2013. Despite failing to make an impression at Chelsea, Atsu impressed on loan at Vitesse Arnhem, Bournemouth, and Malaga.

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Rise to Success

Atsu’s big break came in 2017 when he signed with Newcastle United, where he established himself as a critical player in the first team. He was a fan favourite, known for his quick pace, skilful dribbling, and unselfish play. In 2019, he signed with Trabzonspor, where he continued to shine on the pitch. He had become a regular in the Ghanaian national team and was widely regarded as one of the best players in the African continent.

The Tragic Earthquake

On the evening of January 24, 2023, the earthquake struck Turkey, causing widespread damage and loss of life. Trabzonspor’s stadium was one of the buildings affected, and it was here that Christian Atsu lost his life. He was sleeping in his hotel room, which was located near the stadium when the earthquake struck. Despite rescue efforts, he was unable to be saved.

The Aftermath

The news of Christian Atsu’s death sent shockwaves through the football world, and tributes from fans and fellow players poured in from all over the globe. His loss was tough in Ghana, where he was a national hero and role model for many aspiring footballers. The Ghana Football Association (GFA) released a statement expressing their sadness at the loss of such a talented player and offered their condolences to his family and friends.


People who knew and loved Christian Atsu felt a big hole in their hearts because of his death. He was a good football player but also kind and humble, and everyone who knew him loved him. His death has made us all realize how short life is and how important it is to enjoy every moment.


People who knew him say his passing has left a great void in their lives, but his legacy will carry on through the many young players who have been inspired by his incredible talent and humble demeanour. His legacy will live on via the countless future athletes who will be inspired by his incredible talent and unassuming demeanour. I hope he achieves the peace of mind he seeks.

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