Michael Essien

1982 - Today

Photo of Michael Essien

Icon of person Michael Essien

Michael Kojo Essien (born 3 December 1982) is a Ghanaian former professional footballer who played as a midfielder and is currently a member of Danish Superliga club 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Michael Essien has received more than 3,831,096 page views. His biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia. Michael Essien is the 1,009th most popular soccer player (down from 900th in 2019), the 9th most popular biography from Ghana (up from 10th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Ghanaian Soccer Player.

Memorability Metrics

  • 3.8M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 54.07

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 61

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 9.05

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.68

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Michael Essiens by language

Over the past year Michael Essien has had the most page views in the with 384,224 views, followed by French (85,423), and Spanish (57,391). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Southern Azerbaijani (116.86%), Simple English (89.88%), and Korean (52.83%)


Among soccer players, Michael Essien ranks 1,009 out of 21,273Before him are Ivan Perišić, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Humberto Coelho, Peter Crouch, Pablo Aimar, and Luis Arconada. After him are Attilio Ferraris, Virgil van Dijk, Christoph Daum, Schubert Gambetta, Arda Turan, and João Cancelo.

Most Popular Soccer Players in Wikipedia

Go to all Rankings


Among people born in 1982, Michael Essien ranks 19Before him are Adriano, Thiago Motta, Mikel Arteta, Jessica Biel, Pepe Reina, and Tuba Büyüküstün. After him are Nick Vujicic, Hyun Bin, Hamit Altıntop, Jodie Whittaker, Son Ye-jin, and Vjosa Osmani.

Others Born in 1982

Go to all Rankings

In Ghana

Among people born in Ghana, Michael Essien ranks 9 out of 162Before him are Marcel Desailly (1968), Nana Akufo-Addo (1944), Abedi Pele (1964), Sylvanus Olympio (1902), Anton Wilhelm Amo (1703), and Jerry Rawlings (1947). After him are John Atta Mills (1944), Peter Turkson (1948), Peter Mensah (1959), John Kufuor (1938), William Boyd (1952), and Joseph Arthur Ankrah (1915).


Among soccer players born in Ghana, Michael Essien ranks 3Before him are Marcel Desailly (1968), and Abedi Pele (1964). After him are Samuel Kuffour (1976), Sulley Muntari (1984), Asamoah Gyan (1985), Gerald Asamoah (1978), Ibrahim Sunday (1944), Alphonso Davies (2000), Stephen Appiah (1980), Tony Yeboah (1966), and Kwadwo Asamoah (1988).