Deceased Black Stars player Christian Atsu was in the process of divorcing his wife, Marie-Claire Rupio, before he died, a bombshell new report has alleged.
Atsu and his German wife reportedly had issues related to his mother-in-law.
According to a source, Marie-Claire brought her mother to live with the couple and that brought friction between them.
A fed-up Atsu then filed for divorce and the couple had been in legal battles for the last two years.
Atsu and Rupio were [technically] separated and she did not want to have anything to do with the former Vitesse Arnhem and Rio Ave player, a source told Ghanasoccernet.com.
”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,” the source said.
”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.”
According to the report, Atsu had plans to retire but due to unfinished projects and other needs, he decided to continue playing, first going to Saudi Arabia and then fatefully, to Turkey.
”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.
”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.”
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