Chelsea star Michael Essien is a long-distance goal-scorer Michael Kojo Essien Born: December 3, 1982 Chinese horoscope: Dog Nationality: Ghanaian Club: Chelsea Previous clubs: Lyon, Bastia Position: Midfielder, centre back Squad number: 5 Speciality: Strong physique and a good tackler 10 things you need to know about him 1 Essien's nickname is 'The Bison' - a buffalo-like animal - because he is very strong and competitive. 2 He helped French soccer club Lyon win two league titles. He was voted 2005 French Player of the Year. 3 He has been compared to top French defensive midfielder Patrick Vieira because he can score from a long distance. 4 When he was signed by Chelsea for #24 million (HK$380 million) in 2005, he became the most expensive African player of all time. 5 He scored an amazing goal against Arsenal from about 32 metres away. See how he did it at http://hk.youtube.com/watch?v=lXeFCLsb258 6 Essien and his Chelsea teammate Didier Drogba were in an anti-racist song called Skin. Listen to the song at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAA4ssoMB1c 7 He suffered a serious knee injury while playing for Ghana's national team in September. He could be out for the rest of the season. 8 American hip hop artist Jay Z's Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem) is his favourite song. 9 Many internet users think pop singer Joey Yung Jo-yee looks like Essein. They even call her Joey Essien. 10 Essien was seen wearing an Arsenal jersey in Ghana. He put it on because he was shirtless and a fan asked him for a photo.