The former Chelsea powerful midfielder seem to have packed his bag and heading to Greece, “the land of gods”.
The 2007 and 2008 African Footballer of the year award runner-up penned a two year contract with Panathinaikos following the end of his deal with AC Milan.
The Greek club have gone on twitter to announce the signing of the Ghanaian international, Michael Essien on a free transfer.
The Ghana international had been plying his trade at AC Milan but his contract with the Serie A side was set to expire at the end of the month.
Consequently, he was clear to commit to a two-year contract with Panathinaikos, much to the midfielder’s delight.
“I am very happy that I am here and that I will continue my career with Panathinaikos,” Essien told the Greek club’s official website on Tuesday.
“I am looking forward to meeting my new team and to winning trophies with my new team-mates.
“I want to give back the love that everyone has shown me and to thank the fans that welcomed me so warmly.”
Essien joined Milan from Chelsea in January 2014, after a season-long loan at Real Madrid.
The 32-year-old failed to nail down a regular starting berth during his time at San Siro, making just 20 Serie A appearances in total for the Rossoneri.
The midfielder was a forceful midfielder at Chelsea helping the Blues to gather laurels during his 9 years stay at Stamford Bridge, hauling 178 appearances with 17 goals, before injury got the most of him.