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Football world flood social media with tributes for Ivory Coast's Tiote

Football world flood social media with tributes for Ivory Coast's Tiote

Ivory Coast

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.

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.

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