Our first player comes from the world of European football (soccer), and he is still remembered fondly by all, regardless of his affiliation with Chelsea FC. As a testament to his skill and lasting impact on those who watched him play, he was awarded by fans as the Best Player of the Year during the 2007/08 season. That’s a great impression to leave on the hundreds of thousands of people who support you. Unfortunately, Essien suffered a devastating anterior cruciate ligament injury, which effectively rendered him useless on any major playing field. He now plays in Greece for Panathinaikos.