Tributes for Cheick Tiote Continue to Pour In

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Former Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote has been described by Steve McClaren as the “toughest player” he has ever seen – but also a man with “the most beautiful smile in football”.

The ex-Newcastle boss McClaren paid tribute after the Ivorian, 30, collapsed and died after training on Monday.

His wife in Ivory Coast’s commercial capital, Abidjan, is expected to give birth any day, the BBC’s Tamasin Ford reports.

And tributes have continued to pour in for the late football great via social media as his name continues to trend on Twitter across the continent:

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