Information gathered online has it that the marriage between the late Christian Atsu and his German wife Marie-Claire Rupio hit the rocks.
According to Ghanasoccernet. after the demise of the former Black Stars winger whose lifeless body was found under rubble on February 18, 2023 in Turkey.
Reports claimed that the former Newcastle player spent two years of his life battling divorce.
Christian Atsu tied the knot with his German wife in 2012 and were blessed with three children.
But unexpectedly the marriage began to deteriorate during the final stages of his contract at Newcastle and the duo needed legal proceedings to go separate ways.
”When his mother-in-law moved in with them in the UK somewhere in 2021, Atsu’s marital problems began. Atsu felt alone in the home as a result of the wife’s increased focus on the mother. He sometimes found it challenging to play with his children because his mother-in-law has taken control of everything in the home,” a source told GHANAsoccernet.
”His wife objected to the idea because she believed the player didn’t want her mother to live with them, which is how their marital issues began.
”Atsu was fervently looking for a new club at that time because he only had two months left on his contract with Newcastle.”
The duo could not patch their differences as Marie-Claire, a dancer-cum-singer-cum-author, also had issues with the ex-Chelsea footballer.
A Ghanaian lady claiming to have two kids with Atsu somehow gives credence to the accusations levelled against the former Magpies star.
”Atsu then moved to Saudi Arabia and signed for Al Raed after failing to find a club in Europe.
”Due to long-standing disagreement [with the wife] before he left for Saudi Arabia, the wife then used his absence to push for a divorce.
”He took the decision to return to Ghana due to injuries and dip in form in Saudi Arabia. He considered hanging up his boots but before that he had plans to play for boyhood team, Hearts of Oak, even if only for a season.
”But the divorce was on court, and the thoughts about alimony and child support weakened him spiritually.
”He decided to change his career plans at that point and also needed money to fund a ton of unfinished projects in Ghana.
”He then made the decision to put off his plans to don the Rainbow jersey in order to sign a lucrative new deal with another European team.
”Hatayaspor was his only choice and so decided to relocate to Turkey. Remember that before moving to Saudi Arabia, he turned down a rich offer from an unknown Turkish club because he wanted to spend his final years with Hearts of Oak.
”If the divorce proceeding hadn’t begun, Atsu would have returned to Ghana and be playing in the Ghana Premier League.”