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About Michael Essien
Michael Kojo Essien is a Ghanaian professional football player who became famous for playing as a midfielder for Chelsea football club in England between 2005 and 2014. During his playing days with Chelsea, Essien played alongside football greats like Didier Drogba, John Terry, and Frank Lampard.
Prior to joining Chelsea, Essien played for Lyon in France between 2003 and 2005. He has also played for the Black Stars (Ghanaian National Team) over 50 times.
His parents are James Essien and Aba Gyandoh. He married Akosua Puni. He has a son named Michael Essien Jr. and a daughter called, Michelle Essien.
He received the Ligue 1 Player of the Year title in 2005 after joining Lyon in 2003.
In 2005, Essien signed a 24.4-million-pound transfer with Chelsea, making him the most expensive Chelsea and African football player at that time.
He helped Chelsea win three FA cups, one League Cup and the Premier League in 2006 and 2010.
He received the Chelsea Goal of the Season award in 2006-07 and 2008-2009 league seasons.
In 2007, he earned a nomination for the FIFA World Player of the Year Award, and was voted the 15th best player in the world.
He represented Ghana at three Africa Cup of Nations tournaments as well as the 2006 and 2014 FIFA World Cups.
He was initially offered a contract by Manchester United however; he was ineligible to work in the UK at the time.
Michael Essien is around 1.78 m tall.
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Michael Essien's Popularity
Michael Essien is a famous Ghanaian footballer, who was born on December 3, 1982. As a person born on this date, Michael Essien is listed in our database as the 92nd most popular celebrity for the day (December 3) and the 554th most popular for the year (1982).
People born on December 3 fall under the Zodiac sign of Sagittarius, the Archer. Michael Essien is the 2640th most popular Sagittarius.
Aside from information specific to Michael Essien's birthday, Michael Essien is the 21st most famous Ghanaian.
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