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2014 World Cup: Ghana star Essien comes off AC Milan bench to rate better than Balotelli and Seedorf

Published on: 26 April 2014
Essien was rated better than Balotelli and manager Seedorf

By Akyereko Frimpong Manson

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Ghana star midfielder Michael Essien was rated better than Mario Balotelli and AC Milan manager Clarence Seedorf after he came off the bench to play in their 2-0 defeat to AS Roma in the Serie A on Friday night. 

Despite playing just 32 minutes, the ex-Chelsea star outshone most of Milan's players, beating Balotelli and rating the same as Philipe Mexes, Recardo Kaka, Adel Taarabt and Kevin Constant who all completed the game at the Stadio Olimpico.

Michael Essien came off AC Milan bench to play better Balotelli

The 31-year-old took the place of his Ghana team-mate Sulley Muntari in the 58th minute and he rated better than his manager Seedorf and star striker Mario Balotelli.

Balotelli in particular became talk of the night following the defeat after he openly questioned Clarence Seedorf's tactical decision to take him off in the 69th minute.

Muntari was Milan's second best performer on the night

However Sulley Muntari, whose place Essien took was the second best performer on the night for Milan as he scored 5.5 with Milan's best players on the night (Danieli Bonera and Pazzini) both rating 6.


  • Kofi(Atlanta) says:
    April 26, 2014 11:26 am
    Why is Muntari who was rated Milan's second best was omitted from the story completely? He did not last full time and was exceptionally excellent
  • askantwi says:
    April 26, 2014 01:28 pm
    Becaused Seedorf is just afraid to feature the 2 ghanaians together in the same match, lest people will criticize him.
  • sabato says:
    April 26, 2014 06:36 pm
    why do u take off ur second best player in a match? Seedof paa!
    April 26, 2014 10:23 pm
    Essien keep it up, the game will speak for u.