The football fraternity has been paying tribute to former Ivory Coast midfielder, Cheick Tiote, who died aged 30.
The former Newcastle and Anderlecht midfielder collapsed and died while training with his Chinese club, Beijing Enterprises on Monday June 5.
Reports indicate that he died of cardiac arrest. Football clubs, federations, players, journalists and soccer enthusiasts flooded social media with tributes to Tiote.
It is with great sadness that I have this afternoon learnt of Cheick's death. In all the time that I have known him, he was a true professional, dedicated and above all, a great man.
His manager at Newcastle, Rafa Benitez praised the player and described him as a true professional.
“It is with great sadness that I have this afternoon learnt of Cheick’s death. In all the time that I have known him, he was a true professional, dedicated and above all, a great man.
“Our hearts go out to his family and friends at such a sad time,” he added.
We'll never forget you, Cheick. ⚫️⚪️ pic.twitter.com/c8aO6EyW5w— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) June 5, 2017
Our sincere condolences to the family, friends & team-mates of Cheick Tiote, who passed away today in China, aged just 30. Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/uqOV3oocIg— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) June 5, 2017
Rest in peace, Cheick Tioté – our condolences are with his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/F6FvoNkna1— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) June 5, 2017
The thoughts of everyone at Arsenal are with the loved ones of Cheick Tiote— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) June 5, 2017
May he rest in peace pic.twitter.com/zEo5FF5lcE
Everyone at the club is saddened to learn of the tragic death of Cheick Tiote. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/OLcZtBscBu— Manchester United (@ManUtd) June 5, 2017
The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool Football Club are with the family and friends of Cheick Tiote after his passing today. Rest in peace.— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 5, 2017
Rest In Peace, Cheick Tioté, my condolences to his family and friends 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/ZDEXdG1rzt— Victor Wanyama (@VictorWanyama) June 5, 2017
He played for English club Newcastle United for seven years before moving to China in February for an undisclosed fee.
He was an African Nations Cup winner with the Elephants of Ivory Coast in 2015. Although he missed the final through injury, the team managed to beat the Black Stars of Ghana on penalties. He also represented the side in 2010 (South Africa) and 2014 (Brazil) World Cups.
He made 52 appearances for Ivory Coast.
Very sad and shocked to hear the news about Cheike Tiote s sudden death. Deepest condolences to his family. May his soul rest in peace. 🙏🏽— Peter Odemwingie (@OdemwingieP) June 5, 2017
Dreadful news that Cheick Tioté has passed away. So young. So tragic.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 5, 2017
NFF 🇳🇬 (@thenff) June 5, 2017
Words can't describe how saddened I am to hear the news about a good friend/team mate Cheick Tiote 😔What a guy he was but taken far too soon pic.twitter.com/v5I17xPN1A— James Tavernier (@James_Tavernier) June 5, 2017