Michael Kojo Essien is a Ghanaian footballer who plays for AC Milan and with the Black stars of Ghana. He is particularly a household name in the Chelsea Club as a result of his almost a decade commitment to the club. Michael Essien is a midfielder who has often been lauded as a box-to-box midfielder for his ability to exert energy in supporting offensive and defensive play and for his tough tackling style. Essien can also play as a defender, both on the right of defense and in the centre. I guess you already know these very conspicuous facts about him. There are actually a lot more you should know.
12 Things You Never Knew About Michael Essien:
1. He started his Football career with the Liberty Professionals
Michael who was born on December 3rd, 1982 began his football career after graduating from St. Augustine’s College in Cape Coast, playing in a local club in his native Ghana, called Liberty Professionals. He broke through when he played in the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship in New Zealand. This led to attention from European scouts, and he even had a trial at Manchester United in April 2000, playing in the club’s Under-17 team’s defeat by Derby County. Manchester United offered him a contract to play for them, but work permit issues meant he would have had to join their Belgian feeder club Royal Antwerp until he was eligible to move to England. Since then, he has played for the following clubs: Batsia, Olympic Lyonnais, Chelsea, Real Madrid, and Milan.
2. His father was a footballer too
Michael’s dad, James Essien played football for Gold Coast in his youthful days. Even Michael’s late elder brother was also a footballer before his accidental and premature death. So I may say that football runs in his family.