Michael Essien Biography, Age, Net Worth, Children, Wife, Football Career
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Michael Kojo Essien is a Ghanaian former professional footballer who played as a midfielder and is currently a member of Danish Superliga club FC Nordsjælland’s coaching staff.
He was also capped for the Ghana national team more than 50 times. During his prime, Essien was considered one of the best midfielders in the world.
At the youth level, he represented his country at the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship and 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship, with the latter team finishing as runner-up. Essien made his senior team debut in January 2002 and has represented his nation at three Africa Cup of Nations tournaments. Essien has also represented Ghana at the 2006 and 2014 FIFA World Cups.
- 1 Age
- 2 Michael Essien Early life
- 3 Father and Mother
- 4 Wife Akosua Puni Essien
- 5 Son Michael Essien jr
- 6 Michael Essien and Nadia Buari
- 7 Michael Essien and Princess Shyngle
- 8 Michael Essien Club Career
- 9 Facts About Michael Essien
- 10 Coaching Career (Current Team)
- 11 Honours
- 12 Michael Essien Net Worth
Michael Essien was born on born 3 December 1982. The veteran footballer is 39 years of age. Michael Essien’s height is 5 ft 9 in (177.0 cm)
Michael Essien Early life
He began his football career after graduating from St. Augustine’s College in Cape Coast, playing at a local club called Liberty Professionals.
Michael Essien broke through when he played in the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship in New Zealand. European scouts began to take notice, and Essien had a trial at Manchester United in April 2000. He played in the club’s under-17 team’s defeat to Derby County.
Manchester United offered him a contract, but he was ineligible to obtain a work permit in the United Kingdom. He, therefore, considered joining Belgian feeder club Royal Antwerp until he was eligible to move to England. However, his mother meanwhile preferred a move to France instead.
Father and Mother
He was born in Accra to Aba Gyandoh and James Essien, Michael Essien attended Gomoa Nyanyano DC Primary and JSS.
Wife Akosua Puni Essien
Currently, the Ghana Blackstars legend is married to Former Miss Ghana winner, Akosua Puni. Mrs. Puni-Essien, 42, was the long-time publicist of former Chelsea star Michael Essien before their marriage in 2013.
Son Michael Essien jr
The ex-Chelsea star Michael Essien and his wife Akosua Puni have a son named after his father Michael Essien jr.
Michael Essien and Nadia Buari
The pretty actress was in a romantic relationship with Ghanaian-born Chelsea football star Michael Essien. However, it was later reported that Essien had broken up with Nadia Buari following his marriage to Akosua Puni.
Michael Essien and Princess ShyngleAccording to Princess Shyngle, she dated Essien for a year without knowing that he was married until she later found out on the internet that he was married. Shyngle also added that she decided to end their relationship after she finally got to know that Essien was married.
Michael Essien Club Career
In July 2000, Michael Essien was signed by Division 1 club Bastia and made his debut for the club on 30 September 2000 in a league match against Metz, appearing as a substitute for captain Laurent Casanova.
Essien rejected an offer from the Australian A-League club Melbourne Victory in September 2016. However, On 13 March 2017, Essien joined the Indonesian club side Persib Bandung, signing a one-year contract with an option to extend for an additional year.
Paris Saint-Germain made Bastia the best offer they couldn’t refuse. However, Essien rejected PSG’s contract offer, instead of agreeing to terms with the two-time defending champion Lyon, who paid Bastia €7.8 million for the transfer.
On 14 August 2005, Lyon and Chelsea agreed to a £24.4 million fee for Michael Essien, ending one of the longest-running transfer sagas. Prior to this made Michael Essien Chelsea’s most expensive signing of all time, surpassing the £24 million Chelsea paid for Didier Drogba the previous summer.
He also had the opportunity to play for Real Madrid (loan), Milan, Panathinaikos, Persib Bandung, and finally ending his professional career at Sabail.
Facts About Michael Essien
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 2005, Essien signed with Premier League side Chelsea for a £24.4 million transfer fee and, at the time of his signing, was the most expensive African footballer in history.
At Chelsea, Michael Essien helped the club win the Premier League in 2006 and 2010, as well as three FA Cups and one League Cup. He won the UEFA Champions League in 2012, while also placing as runner-up in the 2008 UEFA Champions League. He has won the Chelsea Goal of the Season award twice, in the 2006–07 and 2008–09 seasons.
Coaching Career (Current Team)
He is currently an assistant coach for FC Nordsjælland. However, the club confirmed on 9 September 2020, that they had affiliated with Michael Essien as part of the club’s coaching team for the 2020-2021 season.
On 19 August 2020, it was revealed, that Essien was training with Danish Superliga club FC Nordsjælland where he also got the opportunity to be part of the work around the Superliga team and several of the club’s academy teams, just as he got a better knowledge of the teaching and development of young people off the field in FCN, as inspiration for his ongoing coaching education.
Nordsjælland is in partnership with Right to Dream Academy in Ghana, which was why Michael Essien found the project interesting.
He would thus be part of the coaching team in an assistant role at the same time, participating in the training sessions to implement the exercises in the best possible way and able to contribute with new input to the coaching team’s evaluations.
- Ligue 1: 2003–04, 2004–05
- Trophée des Champions: 2003, 2004
- Premier League: 2005–06, 2009–10
- FA Cup: 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2011–12
- Football League Cup: 2006–07
- FA Community Shield: 2009
- UEFA Champions League: 2011–12; runners-up: 2007-08
- Africa Cup of Nations: bronze 2008, runner-up 2010
- FIFA U-20 World Cup runner-up: 2001
- Ligue 1 Player of the Month: October 2004
- Ligue 1 Player of the Year: 2004–05
- Team of the Year: 2002–03, 2004–05 Ligue 1
- CAF Team of the Year: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009
- BBC African Footballer of the Year: 2006
- Ghana Player of the Year: 2007
- Chelsea Player of the Year: 2006–07
- Chelsea Goal of the Year: 2006–07 vs Arsenal, 2008–09 vs Barcelona
- 2008 Africa Cup of Nations: Team of the Tournament
Michael Essien Net Worth
Michael Essien is worth $45 million. He is also among the richest footballers in Africa according to Forbes. He has made several properties and owns a $1.5 million endorsement deal.