Michael Essien is celebrating his 37th birthday today. As a number of online tributes attest, he is one of the most acclaimed footballers of his generation.
Popular footballer Michael Essien has always liked to keep a bit of himself hidden from view. At 37th birthday, he remains a man of many facets.
Essien, a cultural icon
Born Michael Kojo Essien in Accra on December 3, 1982, his career spans an arc over many different eras and tastes in Ghanaian history. Essien's not just a great footballer, he's an inspiration, an icon and a successful business man. At this point in his career, there seems to be little Michael hasn't done.
And we've got a feeling the next 12 months are going to be even bigger and better for Michael Essien as he promises more to come. After all, he's only 37.
Happy Birthday, Michael, you're the best!
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