Ki Seong-yong (34, Seoul) paid tribute to his former colleague Christian Artz (31, Hatayspor) who passed away in the Great Turkiye Earthquake.
According to Art’s agent on the 18th, he disappeared due to the earthquake and finally passed away. He is 31 years old.
He went missing after a magnitude 7.7안전놀이터 earthquake occurred in the central region of Turkey on the 6th, and his life or death was unclear, and his body was eventually found.
Ki Sung-yueng, who played with Art at Newcastle United (England), paid tribute to his deceased through his social network service (SNS).
Ki Sung-yong said, “My friend Christian left this land due to the earthquake in Turkey.” “When we were together in Newcastle, Christian was always sincere and was a very good friend who was always warm to me. I didn’t know that the last contact last month would be the last. It really hurts,” he said.
Next, Ki Sung-yong mourned, “I pray that there will be great comfort in the sorrow of the family left behind. I love you, my friend. You were a wonderful footballer.”
A former Ghanaian national striker, Arts made his professional debut at Portugal’s prestigious FC Porto in 2011 and moved to Chelsea (England) in 2013.
Since then, he has been active in Newcastle from 2016 to 2021 after living on loan in Everton (England) and Malaga (Spain). In 2021, he moved the team to Hatayspor last year via Alla Ed in Saudi Arabia.