Cheick Tiote’s son, Rafael has paid tribute to his late father in a heartbreaking image which is widely being shared on social media.
Rafael, who is just three-years-old, posed for a picture wearing a Newcastle shirt with the simple message on the back ‘R.I.P Daddy 24.’
24 is the number that Tiote wore on the back of his jersey during the seven successful years he spent on Tyneside.
And following the news of Tiote’s passing, the club invited the family to Newcastle where the youngster was gifted the special shirt.
The 30-year-old collapsed during training whilst playing for Chinese side Beijing Enterprises on Monday and was declared dead an hour later in hospital.
He left behind three children with another child on the way.
Tributes have poured in from across the globe for the former midfielder since the news of his passing.
Newcastle’s Dwight Gayle said: “Rip tiote thoughts go out to your family.”