Michael Essien

1982 - Today

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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 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.Essien started his career playing for Liberty Professionals in Ghana. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Michael Essien has received more than 2,804,592 page views. His biography is available in 58 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 55 in 2019). Michael Essien is the 1,017th most popular soccer player (up from 1,470th in 2019), the 7th most popular biography from Ghana (up from 11th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Ghanaian Soccer Player.

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Among soccer players, Michael Essien ranks 1,017 out of 16,923Before him are Pauleta, Edin Džeko, Aad de Mos, Carlos Vidal, Paulo Sousa, and Luigi Bertolini. After him are Juan Carlos González, Ivan Perišić, Anton Ondruš, Murtaz Khurtsilava, Leopold Kielholz, and Aníbal Paz.

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Among people born in 1982, Michael Essien ranks 24Before him are Thiago Motta, Hyun Bin, Pepe Reina, Paul Wesley, Alberto Contador, and Cory Monteith. After him are Nicki Minaj, Elisha Cuthbert, Son Ye-jin, Antonio Cassano, Jodie Whittaker, and Tuba Büyüküstün.

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In Ghana

Among people born in Ghana, Michael Essien ranks 7 out of 107Before him are Kofi Annan (1938), Kwame Nkrumah (1909), Marcel Desailly (1968), Abedi Pele (1964), Nana Akufo-Addo (1944), and Peter Mensah (1959). After him are John Kufuor (1938), Peter Turkson (1948), Jerry Rawlings (1947), John Atta Mills (1944), William Boyd (1952), and Peter Poreku Dery (1918).


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), Stephen Appiah (1980), Gerald Asamoah (1978), Kwadwo Asamoah (1988), Alphonso Davies (2000), James Kwesi Appiah (1960), and Tony Yeboah (1966).