I’d been thinking about how to pen this article for the past 2 months since the passing of Christian Atsu. After his Christian’s passing, and with the content of Team Ghana EU, some of my early thoughts were Atsu is symbol and the Ghanaian Dream to millions of Ghanaians.
Christian Atsu achieved remarkable success at both club and international level. He is a symbol of hope for Ghanaians who aspire to make it big in football, and his journey is an inspiration to many.
Early Life and Career
Christian Atsu was born on January 10, 1992, in Ada Foah, a small town in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. He started his football career at the Feyenoord Academy in Ghana, where he was scouted by FC Porto. At the age of 18, Atsu moved to Portugal to join the Porto youth team.
Atsu made his senior debut for Porto in the 2011/12 season and was quickly loaned out to Rio Ave. He played an important role in the team and helped them reach the final of the Taca de Portugal, where they eventually lost to Sporting Lisbon. Atsu’s performances caught the attention of Chelsea, who signed him in the summer of 2013.
At Chelsea, Atsu struggled to break into the first team and was loaned out to Vitesse Arnhem, Everton, Bournemouth, and Newcastle United over the next few seasons. At Newcastle, he was an instrumental player in the team’s promotion to the Premier League in the 2016/17 season.
In the 2017/18 season, Atsu became a regular starter for Newcastle and helped them secure their Premier League status. He continued to be an important player for the club in the following seasons and was praised for his pace, dribbling ability, and work rate.
Atsu made his international debut for Ghana in 2012 and made a total of 65 appearances for the Black Stars. He has represented Ghana in two African Cup of Nations tournaments, the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
Atsu played a crucial role in Ghana’s run to the final of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, where they eventually lost to Ivory Coast on penalties. He was named the Player of the Tournament for his performances and was also named in the Team of the Tournament.
The Ghanaian Dream
Christian Atsu is a shining example of what can be achieved with hard work, dedication, and perseverance. In 2012 and in 2013, his signing at FC Porto and Chelsea was a landmark and a huge story. Loved by many, Christian Atsu’s journey paved the way—he is a symbol of hope for many young Ghanaians who aspire to be successful in football. Atsu’s success is not just a result of his natural talent, but also of his hard work and dedication. He is an inspiration to many who face difficult circumstances and obstacles in their pursuit of success.
In light of Ghana making international headline’s – the year of return. Atsu’s success is a reminder that the Ghanaian Dream is still alive, and that there are opportunities for those who are willing to work hard and remain dedicated.
Thank you Atsu!
Written by Andrew Mensah
- Christian Atsu – Porto (https://www.telegraph.co.uk)
- Christian Atsu – Newcastle (https://www.sportingnews.com)
- Christian Atsu – Ghana (https://www.sportingnews.com)
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