Top Ghanaian footballers express sorrow over the death of Wolfsburg youth star Junior Malanda

Ghana’s top footballers have been expressing their sadness over the death of Wolfsburg’s Junior Malanda who has died aged 20 in a car crash in Germany.

The Belgium Under-21 midfielder had made 15 appearances for the German Bundesliga side this season, including against Everton in the Europa League.

Ghanaian players were shocked over the youngster’s death and took to social media to express their sadness in posts below:

Gone too soon R.I.P MALANDA my prayers goes out to his family and friends…!!!????????????

— Ess (@MichaelEssien) January 10, 2015
RIP junior Malanda ????
— André Ayew (@AyewAndre) January 10, 2015
R.I.P #gonetosoon #cantbelieveit ????

— Kevin-Prince Boateng (@KPBofficial) January 10, 2015

RIP Junior Malanda. My thoughts are with his family right now.

— Jonathan Mensah (@Jomens25) January 10, 2015
R.I.P @JuniorMalanda !!!!Gone too soon…
— Adam Larsen Kwarasey (@adam_kwarasey) January 10, 2015

Life is more then just football and all that material stuff…all my condolence to the family of Malanda!!

— Kevin-Prince Boateng (@KPBofficial) January 10, 2015

Junior Malanda. Gone too soon. My prayers are with his family RIP????

— Rabiu Mohammed (@RabiuMomo) January 10, 2015
Such sad news. RIP Junior Malanda????

— Jerry Akaminko (@jville15) January 10, 2015
RIP junior malanda
— Enoch Adu Kofi (@enochadukofi) January 10, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family,,,,, RIP. @JuniorMalanda

— baba abdul-rahman (@babarahmangh) January 10, 2015

Rest in peace Junior Malanda. #gonetosoon
— Francis Dickoh (@FrancisKSDickoh) January 10, 2015

R.I.P Don’t know you personally but May your soul Rest in perfect peace

— Emmanuel Frimpong. (@IAMFRIMPONG26) January 10, 2015

R.I.P Junior Malanda ????
— Hans Sarpei (@HansSarpei) January 10, 2015
R.I.P. Junior #Malanda ! So sad!

— Jerome Boateng (@JB17Official) January 10, 2015
Wolfsburg team-mate Kevin de Bruyne tweeted: “So strange to hear your friend in the morning and then hear this news. Lost a great friend way too early. RIP my friend. You will always be around.”

Another team-mate, Nicklas Bendtner, said on Instagram: “Not only a great player, but a great person. My thoughts and prayers will always be with you and your family brother. Your kind heart was rare and special. You will always be remembered.”

Chelsea’s Thorgan Hazard, who played with Malanda at Zulte Waregem, said: “Whyyyyy??? I love you brooo.”

Everton and Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku said: “I love you my brother.

“Junior, why you are my brother….my brother, one of my only and unique friends, I cannot believe you are not there anymore.”

Malanda’s fellow Belgian Thibaut Courtois, the Chelsea goalkeeper, said: “RIP @JuniorMalanda!! We lose a huge talent and a great person!!”

The Royal Belgian Football Association tweeted: “The world of football has lost a great talent today. URBSFA sends its condolences to his family & friends #ripmalanda.”

Bayern Munich and Germany midfielder Mario Gotze said: “RIP Junior #Malanda – sooo sad! My thoughts are with your family and friends…!”

Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel, Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng, Monaco midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia and Paris St-Germain left-back Lucas Digne ?were also among the other players to tweet their condolences.

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