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Marcel Desailly

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Marcel Desailly (French pronunciation: [maʁsɛl dəzaji]; born Odenke Abbey; 7 September 1968) is a French former professional footballer, widely considered to be among the greatest centre-backs and defensive midfielders to ever play football. During a successful career at club level, lasting from 1986 to 2006, Desailly won several titles, including UEFA Champions League medals with both Marseille and AC Milan, and also played for Nantes and Chelsea, among other teams. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Marcel Desailly has received more than 1,930,765 page views. His biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 55 in 2019). Marcel Desailly is the 290th most popular soccer player (up from 366th in 2019), the 5th most popular biography from Ghana (down from 3rd in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Ghanaian Soccer Player.

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Among soccer players, Marcel Desailly ranks 290 out of 16,880Before him are Hirokazu Ninomiya, Junji Nishikawa, Obdulio Varela, Kiyonosuke Marutani, Diego Forlán, and Erwin Koeman. After him are Jens Lehmann, Koji Miyata, Kim Yong-sik, Jan Koller, Patrick Kluivert, and Dunga.

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Among people born in 1968, Marcel Desailly ranks 26Before him are Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Eric Bana, Helen McCrory, Colin McRae, Aaron Eckhart, and Owen Wilson. After him are Lucy Liu, Fernando Hierro, Tito Vilanova, Hashim Thaçi, Alois, Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein, and Ashley Judd.

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In Ghana

Among people born in Ghana, Marcel Desailly ranks 5 out of 121Before him are Kofi Annan (1938), Kwame Nkrumah (1909), Abedi Pele (1964), and Nana Akufo-Addo (1944). After him are Sylvanus Olympio (1902), Anton Wilhelm Amo (1703), Jerry Rawlings (1947), Peter Turkson (1948), Michael Essien (1982), Peter Mensah (1959), and John Kufuor (1938).


Among soccer players born in Ghana, Marcel Desailly ranks 2Before him are Abedi Pele (1964). After him are Michael Essien (1982), Tony Yeboah (1966), Samuel Kuffour (1976), Asamoah Gyan (1985), Sulley Muntari (1984), Stephen Appiah (1980), Gerald Asamoah (1978), Kwadwo Asamoah (1988), Alphonso Davies (2000), and Derek Boateng (1983).

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