Celebrating the life of Ghanaian footballer Michael Essien: A photo essay
Today, we celebrate the life and achievements of Ghanaian soccer star Michael Essien who celebrates his 34th birthday on December 3. Here are some highlights from his inspirational career thus far.
Michael Essien was born in the small town of Awutu Breku in central Ghana. He began his professional career as a teenager playing for Liberty Professionals. Soon after, he was snatched by the French club Bastia.
The talented midfielder has won two English Premierships, an FA Cup, a League Cup, a Community Shield and, most impressive of all, a Champions League title with Chelsea. He was also named Africa’s player of the year in 2006.
During Michael’s career, he has played for an impressive line up of international teams such as Chelsea, a loan to Real Madrid, the Italian club Milan and most recently the Greek club Panathinaikos. Despite this, he remains dedicated to Ghana’s national team known as the Black Stars.
Despite these many accolades, his career has been hindered by a string of unfortunate body injuries. Michael last played for Greek club Panathinaikos and had a short stint back with the Ghanaian national team earlier this year.
Michael earned the nickname ‘The Bison” for aggressive tackling and athleticism on and off the field.
According to the Daily Mail newspaper, Chelsea welcomed Micheal back to their Cobham training complex this week. But he remains a free agent for now.
Michael, a talented father of two, is considered a legendary African sportsman. He is an inspiration to many aspiring soccer players. Below are some highlights from his career: