A CHELSEA legend is set for a return to Stamford Bridge. Michael Essien left the club five years ago having won almost every trophy going – and
A CHELSEA legend is set for a return to Stamford Bridge.
Michael Essien left the club five years ago having won almost every trophy going – and is set for a homecoming to West London in Soccer Aid 2019.
How old is Michael Essien?
THE DEFINITION of a midfield enforcer, Essien was the lynchpin of the Chelsea engine room as they stormed to Premier League titles in 2006 and 2010.
Combative and capable of getting box-to-box, the Ghanaian began his career at Bastia in France.
After impressing with the Ligue 1 side, PSG came calling in 2003 – but the young Essien rejected terms from the Paris club and instead chose to join Lyon for £6.9million.
It would be Essien’s superb performances over the next season which would attract the eye of Chelsea, who swooped for the midfielder in the summer of 2005.
Lyon and Chelsea agreed a £24.4m fee which at the time was a club record for the Blues.
Essien went on to have a hugely successful eight years at the club, before spells at Real Madrid, AC Milan and Panathinaikos.
He currently plays for Sabail in the Azerbaijan Premier League and has been capped over 50 times for Ghana.
Born in December 1982, Essien is 36 years old.
How many trophies did he win at Chelsea?
ESSIEN arrived at the Bridge shortly after Roman Abramovich’s takeover of the club.
And he quickly established himself as a first-team regular, playing over 40 times in his first three seasons.
When he left Chelsea after eight seasons, he’d racked up quite the trophy cabinet –
- Premier League 2005-06, 2009-10.
- FA Cup 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012
- League Cup 2007
- Community Shield 2009
- Champions League 2012
Is he playing at Soccer Aid 2019?
THIS year’s edition of Soccer Aid is being held at Stamford Bridge.
And Essien will be appearing for the World XI, making it a homecoming for the Ghanaian.
Essien left Chelsea in 2014 after playing more than 160 games for the Blues.