Chief Executive Officer of Christian Atsu’s Youth club, Cheetah FC, Hayye Yartey has revealed that Christian Atsu offered his full maiden salary which he received at FC Porto to a church in Ghana.
This comes just a few days after Atsu died through Turkey earthquake and one pastor named, Oswald, believe that the former Ghanaian international should have given his money to the church instead of the the poor people.
Many people who knew Atsu well disagreed with the man of God’, claiming that his charitable acts of donating and bailing out minor offenders were far better compared to giving money to churches.
However, Hayye Yartey, who facilitated Atsu’s first move abroad, claims Atsu was a devout Christian who never compromised his faith.
“He was a Christian…Very devoted to his religion, and his Bible. There is a church just behind us where he always wanted to pull his fellow players.
“I remember when Christian went to Porto and succeeded in the trials, Porto went on to pay him 800 euros a month. So I received 800 euros (the same amount as his salary) through Western Union from Christian Atsu and I was so happy thinking he had sent me money but his call followed up and he said the 800 euros he had sent was equivalent to x amount of Ghana cedis which he ordered me to give to the church,” – as quoted by 3news.com.
Christian Atsu joined Porto in 2011 at the age of 17 after being shipped out from Vitesse and Everton to secure a five-year deal with Chelsea in 2013 for a reported fee of £3.5 million.
He played four Premier League clubs (Everton, New Castle United, Chelsea, and Bournemouth) before moving to Saudi Arabia and, eventually, Hatayspor, where he tragically died.