Spanish topflight football has remembered Ghana international, Michael Essien.
The former Liberty Professionals midfielder on June 30, 2013, joined Real Madrid on loan from Chelsea on transfer deadline day.
Essien reunited his former Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho who joined the Spanish club from Inter Milan after winning the 2010 UEFA Champions League.
At his introductory press conference with Real Madrid, Mourinho affectionally referred to Essien as “his son” while Essien referred to Mourinho as his “Daddy”.
On 3 November, Essien scored his first goal for Real Madrid. During the last match of the season – and Essien’s last game as a Madrid player – Essien scored his second goal for Madrid, which he dedicated to Mourinho.
A statement on the La Liga official Facebook page reads, “On this day in 2013, Michael Essien b)) ni last game and scored in the LaLiga Santander. We dey miss the Bison. 🇬🇭✨”
He made 35 appearances and scored two goals.
However, on 16 March 2019, Essien signed a one-and-a-half-year contract with Sabail FK of the Azerbaijan Premier League, where he is also their U19 team.