Michael Essien chases opponent around the pitch after he boots ball at him

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During the majority of his career, Michael Essien was regarded as a tough tackling midfield.

In fact, the Ghanian is nicknamed the ‘Bison’ due to his tenacious style of play.

And he was very bison-like this weekend whilst appearing for his Indonesian side, Persib Bandung, in a friendly.

Persib Bandung were taking on Bali United and lost the exhibition game 2-1. But the biggest talking point came in the 72nd-minute.

Bali’s Yabes Roni booted the ball at Essien when the whistle had already gone and the former Chelsea player then proceeded to chase his opponent around the pitch. At the age of 34, Essien wasn’t quite able to catch Roni before eventually being calmed down by his players and the match officials.

It was a reaction you’d expect to see from a young child on the playground, though. What made it even funnier was that Roni ran away from Essien and looked genuinely terrified.

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Roni was sent off but Essien’s side eventually fell to a defeat.

Essien joined Persib Bandung in March after a short spell at Panathinaikos came to an end.

But things haven’t been all bad for the midfielder since joining.

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He opened his account for the club in midweek during a 7-0 friendly victory over Parsika Kawarang.

Essien is arguably the highest profile player to have played in the Indonesian league since Cameroon World Cup legend Roger Milan and Argentine World Cup winner Mario Kempes.

Why they signed Essien

And Teddy Tjahuono, a member of Persib Bandung’s management team, explained exactly why they signed Essien.

"The reason to bring Michael Essien is in order to increase the value of competition in Indonesia,” he said.

"Opening the door to the other world players to strengthen the team in Indonesia.

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"The process to bring in players to this part of the world is quite difficult. It took months to negotiate."

Oh, and to scare the living daylights out of opponents.

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