Marcel Desailly, the former France captain of Ghanaian descent is celebrating his birthday today, Saturday, September 7, 2019.
Born Odenkey Abbey in 1968, Desailly has turned 51 years old now.
To celebrate the legend who has settled in Ghana after ending his career in November 2005, YEN.com.gh brings you photos of Desailly's cars and mansion he lives in whenever he is in Accra
As the name suggests, he was born to Ga mother but was adopted and renamed Desailly after his mother got married to the head of the French consulate at the time.
Desailly and his family (white father) left Ghana for France in 1972 when he was less than four years old.
Signed as a junior player by FC Nantes, Desailly, who played mainly as a defender (centre back) and sometimes a defensive midfielder, joined the senior team in 1986.
After six years at Nantes he move to Olympique de Marseilles in 1992 and he won the UEFA Champions League the next year before moving to Italy to play for AC Milan.
At Milan, he won the Champions League after scoring one of the goals in the 4-0 win over Barcelona in the 1994 final to become the first ever player to win the trophy two times in consecutive years.
Desailly was transferred to Chelsea in England in 1998 with whom he won a UEFA Super and an English FA.
Having spent six years at Chelsea, Desailly moved to Qatar in 2004 and signed for Al Gharafa and later Qatar SC where he retired in 2005.
As it is widely known, Desailly was an integral member of France's World Cup winning squad in 1998 and also won the European Championship in 2002.
With over 100 caps for France, Desailly rose to become the teams captain after his friend Didier Deschamp retired from international football.
Since retiring, Desailly has been involved in television punditry, coaching and other things related to football.
He spends a lot of time in Ghana and has opened the Lizzy Sports Complex, a multi purpose sports facility named after his late mother, Elizabeth Addy.
He is married to Virginie with whom he has four kids.
From the photos, it is clear that Desailly lives a life of luxury when he comes 'home' to Ghana.
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