Former Feyenoord and Wrexham star Christian Gyan has sadly passed on of cancer at the age of just 43.
The former Ghana international kicked the bucket on Wednesday morning at a hospital in the Netherlands, where he has been living for most of his years.
Gyan, who was also known as Atta Rasta, was born in Ghana but moved to the Netherlands in the late 1990s to sign for Feyenoord, where he made 93 appearances.
He helped the club win the Eredivisie in 1999 and the UEFA Cup in 2002. He remained with Feyenoord until 2008 when he signed for Finnish side TPS.
Christian Gyan joined National League side Wrexham in January 2009, but only made two appearances before being released. The late star later had spells with RoPS and Dutch amateur side RKSV Leonidas before hanging up his boots.
The touch-tackling defender also made 23 appearances for Ghana between 1998 and 2002. He was a member of the Ghana squad that won Gold at the FIFA U17 World Cup in Ecuador.
Gyan, who had been battling illness in the period leading up to his death earlier this month, took to Facebook to talk about his current health condition.
“Good evening, my friends, news about my current situation is circulating without my consent. However, I am here to announce that, as you all know, I have been ill for a while. But I’m fine and I’m not dying!
So please, there is no need to panic. I respect the doctors, but you all know me: I am a man of faith. That’s why I believe that things will get better. What is impossible from a human perspective is possible with God. So please pray for me to get well. Thank you all, my friends,” he wrote four weeks ago.
Rest in peace, Christian Gyan!