Ghana is known to be home to some of the award-winning international players. The likes of Abedi Pele made the country popular back in the 90s. Michael Essien is another star that the country takes pride in. His performance and progress have landed him opportunities in some of the most coveted football clubs like Chelsea. You might want to know more about the man that has earned a fortune out of football.
Michael Essien is one of the names that, when mentioned, Ghana as a country feels so proud to be associated with. At his age, he has gotten to country's books of history and has proven to be a star in football. His expertise in the sport kicked off at a young age, and he has since then worked towards ensuring that he delivered the best results for the teams that he has played for. How about taking a trip down his biography to unveil more facts about him?
Michael Essien biography
These are some of the details about the latter.
Michael Essien age
He was born on 3rd December 1982. Currently, he is thirty-six years old. He will be turning thirty-seven in a couple of weeks.
Michael Essien early life
The latter was born to Aba Gyandoh and James Essien in Accra. He studied at Gomoa Nyanyano DC Primary and after that, joined JSS. He then enrolled at Cape Coast St. Augustine's College.
Michael Essien wife
The name of Michael Essien wife is Akosua Puni Essien. She is famous for being a successful businesswoman, a philanthropist and business consultant.
Michael Essien football career
Michael Essien moulded his career in football during his early age. While in college, he used to play with a local team called Liberty Professionals.
His breakthrough in the sport happened in 1999 when he participated in the FIFA U-17 World Championship that was held that year in New Zealand. His excellent performance caught the attention of most teams, and as a result, he landed the opportunity to go through a trial at Manchester United in April 2000. He played in the club's under-17 squad. The squad, however, lost to Derby County.
In July 2000, Essien got signed to Bastia, and his debut match was on 30th September that year. He played a couple of positions before settling as a midfielder. By the end of the contract, he had made 76 appearances and scored 12 goals.
The years that followed were filled with success, and Michael was getting offers from other reputable football clubs.
He stayed in the team between 2003 and 2005 and during this time he made 96 appearances out f which he scored 13 goals. His performance during the league earned him to be voted as the 2005 Player of the Year in the National Union of Professional Footballers (UNFP). He got nominated for 2005 FIFA World Player of the Year Award. He did not win the position. He came out in the twenty-second position, a move that attracted Chelsea to consider signing him up.
On 14th August 2005, Essien was signed to Chelsea at a fee of £24.4 million making him the most expensively signed player in the club.
His stay in Chelsea was the longest as he stayed in the club for the seven years that followed. Being part of the Chelsea squad greatly influenced his career. For the time that he was in the team, he made 256 appearances and scored 25 goals. This is the highest number of goals that he ever scored in a football team.
Michael Essien Real Madrid
In August 2015, Michael Essien signed a deal with Real Madrid where he was traded on loan. Joining the team meant that he was going to be under the care of José Mourinho, who had been the manager at Chelsea.
In January 2014, Essien signed a one and a half-year contract with Milan where he made 22 appearances but did not score any goal.
In June 2015, he signed a two-year contract with Panathinaikos. Signing this deal meant that he was the highest-paid player in the team then. He used to earn an annual salary of €800,000. .
Upon leaving Panathinaikos, he received an offer from Melbourne Victory which he declined. In March 2017, he opted to join Persib Bandung after signing a one-year contract.
Michael Essien current team
If you were wondering what Michael Essien current team is, the latter plays for Sabail.
Besides the many foreign teams that the latter has played for, he has also given back to his country as he was in the Ghana National Football team between 2004 and 2014. During this time, he made 58 appearances and scored 9 goals.
Michael Essien height
The latter is 1.78m tall, an attribute that plays a significant role in his position as a midfielder.
Michael Essien stats
Besides being in the Ghana National Team, the latter has played for eight different teams and scored fifty-eight goals.
Michael Essien net worth
Having such an admirable career background is one thing that might make you want to stop and ask, what is Michael Essien net worth? It is not clear how much the latter is worth as of date. He, however, leads a flashy lifestyle which is proof that he has earned a dime from football.
Michael Essien house
Being the formidable figure that he is, the latter boasts of owning some of the most expensive houses both in Ghana and London. His luxurious lifestyle has been crowned by his mansion that he bought in Cobham in the United Kingdom. The mansion is said to have an estimated worth of $1.5 million.
Michael Essien cars
The latter also takes pride in owning some of the most expensive rides like the Porsche Cayenne, Range Rover Vogue, to mention a few.
Michael Essien Instagram
You could check out his Instagram account by clicking here.
Nadia Buari and Michael Essien back together?
A few weeks ago, past pictures of the two surfaced social media. The pictures defined how they were professing love for one another. They, however, are not together as they are married to different people.
With these details available, you have a clue about who Michael Essien is. You also have an idea of what it took him to become a household name in Ghana and internationally.