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- Date of birth:3rd December 1983
- Place of birth: Accra
- Current club: Career break
- Role-playing: Midfielder
- Transfer worth: Fk Sabail March 16, 2019 (current market value $233 thousand)
- Marital status: Married (spouse name Akosua Puni Essien)
- Awards: Lyon – ligue 1 in 2004 and 2005, Trophée des Champions 2003 and 2004, Chelsea – Premier League in 2006 and 2010, as well as four FA Cups, one FA Community Shield and one League Cup. UEFA Champions League runners-up in 2008 won it in 2012. With Ghana – Africa Cup of Nations bronze 2008, runner-up 2010. He also won various individuals awards
Michael Kojo Essien is currently the richest footballer in Ghana.
He was nicknamed “the Bison” for his powerful and fearless play and now plays in the midfield, where he flourished. He has also been capped for the Ghana national team more than 50 times.
Essien started his career playing for Liberty Professionals in Ghana. In 2000, he moved to France to join Bastia, where he would spend three seasons and appear in over 60 matches before joining Ligue 1 title holders Lyon in 2003.
At Lyon, Essien won back-to-back league titles in 2003–04 and 2004–05, and won Ligue 1 Player of the Year in 2005. During his five-year stint in France, he acquired French citizenship.
In July 2018, Essien has announced his retirement from international football, after over 12 years of active service with Ghana. He said that he even retired before the 2014 FIFA World Cup but he was called back by former Ghana coach, James Kwesi Appiah to come and help the team.
Michael Essien is undoubtedly the richest footballer in Ghana. He is also among the list of richest footballers in Africa.
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