Real Madrid players snubbed Essien birthday party
Several Real Madrid players snubbed Michael Essien 30th birthday party last December even though the Ghanaian invited all of them, it has been revealed.
According to an English newspaper the Sun, the on-loan Chelsea star invited all his Madrid colleagues to his birthday bash but only a handful of them turned up.
The underwhelming response at the birthday party was just further confirmation for coach Jose Mourinho of what he knew already.
That his Real Madrid squad was a gathering of egotistical Galacticos more interested in themselves than the team.
And it was left to the Bernabeu boss to console his upset player.
He told the Ghana international that it was nothing personal — it was not that his team-mates did not like him and, sadly, it was not because they had anything better to do.
It was simply because they were more interested in themselves than anything or anyone else.
A superstar ego to go with their superstar talents. Mourinho was speaking from bitter experience because he had come up against it himself.
Players believing they were bigger than their coach, maybe even bigger than the club.
And Mourinho had to try to counter that attitude from day one.
Essien’s birthday snub was not the incident that convinced Mourinho he had to leave Los Blancos.
He had already made his mind up by then.
It was just the perfect example of the flawed philosophy that festered within the dressing room.