Ajax star Kudus dedicates wonder-goal to Christian Atsu

 Ajax star, Mohammed Kudus, paid an emotional tribute to ex-Chelsea and Newcastle star, Christian Atsu, who was found dead 12 days after a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Turkey and Syria.

The 31-year-old’s body was tragically discovered buried in the rubble on Saturday

Tributes poured in from across the football world, with former clubs Chelsea and Newcastle hon­ouring the player.

Atsu’s family were at St James’ Park for Saturday’s game against Liverpool, where a minute’s silence was held.

Ghana star Kudus, 22, was next to pay tribute to the footie ace, who most recently had been playing in Turkey for Hatayspor.

Kudus scored a free-kick in the 4-0 win over Sparta Rotterdam on Sunday.

And the attacker took off his shirt and displayed “RIP Atsu.”

Due to rules, a player who takes his shirt off is usually booked.

However, referee, Pol van Boekel, decided against booking Kudus, which the Ajax ace says he’s grateful for.

Kudus said: “We have football rules, but this is beyond football, this is about life and death.

“The referee told me it’s not allowed (shirt removal), but he understands because this is a big­ger situation than football.

“A big respect from me to the referee.”  —SunSport

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