Michael Essien Joins Persib Bandung In The Indonesian League

Former Black Stars midfielder Michael Essien has signed for the Indonesian club Persib Bandung as he aims to keep his football career alive.

The 34 year old has signed for the top flight side on a one year deal with an option for a second year.

Having enjoyed a stellar career playing for clubs like Lyon, Chelsea and Real Madrid, Essien’s star has fallen in recent years due to nagging knee injuries.

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He last played for Greek Superlig side Panathinaikos, with a recent touted move to the Australian A-League falling through at the last minute.

Essien would spend the next twelve months with the Indonesian side, where he’s expected to earn about €800,000 annually.

Essien was a member of the golden generation of Ghanaian stars who emerged at the U-20 World Cup in Argentina in 2001 – including Sulley Muntari, Derek Boateng, John Painstil and others – who later became the backbone of the senior national team that qualified Ghana for her first World Cup in 2006.


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