Claire Ruppio, the Germany wife of late Ghanaian football, Christian Atsu was left in uncontrollable tears while reading her tribute to her late husband at his burial services.
Claire-Ruppio arrived at the funeral on March 17, 2023 with the three children of the late footballer.
Atsu’s wife was unable to finish her tribute and had to hand over to a family member to continue.
"Lying before me today is the mortal remains of a beloved father and husband. I knew little that morning that God is going to call you home. In life, I loved you dearly. In death I do same. It breaks my heart to lose you," she said while reading the tribute.
"You did not go alone for part of me went with you. Your love is still my guide, and though I cannot see you, you are always so full of life."
"You are never really gone as part of you is within them. You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure. But as you always say, God wins. In love, your wife."
The 2015 AFCON best player died tragically in Turkey following a massive earthquake that hit the European country on February 6.
Atsu's body was pulled out of the rubble 12 days later after continuous search.
The winger had spells with several clubs before his untimely death, featuring for FC Porto, Rio Ave, Chelsea, AFC Bournemouth, Everton and others.
His final contribution to the game was scoring the winner for Hatayspor in the match against Kasimpasa.
He made 65 appearances and scored nine goals for the national team of Ghana.