Finally, renowned Ghanaian footballer Michael Essien scores his first goal for club Panathinaikos. This was reported to have happened in the 78th minute after the first goal was scored in the 57th minute by Marcus Berg.
The former Chelsea player had made good use of his pass from Giandomenico Mesto in the 78th minute, and had unleashed a shot which pushed the ball to the bar before it passed into the net making it Panathinaikos’ second goal for the day. The 33-year-old player was so excited to have scored for his new club that he took to Instagram to express his excitement.
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Michael Essien who is also a Ghanaian Mid-fielder, had signed a two-year contract with Panathinaikos in June 2015 after leaving Milan. He started his international career in the Ghana U-17 national team when he played in the 1999 U-17 world championship in New Zealand and won the bronze medal. This had drawn a lot of attention to him then, and there was also the 2001 African Cup of Nations against Morocco, which was a remarkably competitive one.
He started his club career in 2000 when he was signed by club Bastia in July 2000. After Bastia came Olimique Lyonnais in 2003. He then joined Chelsea in 2005, where he won Chelsea Footballer of the Year in May 2007, got nominations for the FIFA World Player of the Year and Ballon d’Or Awards respectively 3 consecutive times. In July 2008, Essien signed a new five-year deal with Chelsea, keeping him at the club until 2013.
In August 2012, Essien signed season-long loan deal with Real Madrid. In January 2014, he signed a one and a half-year contract with Milan where he was restricted to 22 appearances for Milan because of his injuries. In June 2015, he signed a contract with his present club, Penathinaikos.
He has played for many international clubs since his football carer kicked off. The indelible marks he has left in his previous clubs can be said to have added so many feathers to his cap over the years.