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Back in 2012, Michael Essien linked up with "daddy" Mourinho for a second time when he joined Los Blancos on loan from Chelsea.
During his spell at the Santiago Bernabeu, the Ghanaian international hit a big milestone when he celebrated his 30th birthday.
Essien invited all of his Real teammates to attend a party he was hosting. Out of the whole squad, only two players attended.
Ricardo Carvalho and Luka Modric posed for a picture with poor Essien, who just looked happy that somebody had turned up.
Back when Essien used to play for Real Madrid, only Modrić and Carvalho showed up for his birthday party. Man looks so genuinely happy at least some people showed up.. pic.twitter.com/i8okH0S8bq— Xav Salazar (@XavsFutbol) September 28, 2020
Given his relationship with Essien, Mourinho was fuming about the no-shows and had to console the midfielder.
In the book 'Jose Mourinho: Up Close and Personal', Rob Beasley writes: "Mourinho said that Madrid was a political club with warring factions and told me a story about Essien inviting teammates to his 30th birthday but only a few turned up.
"He had to console Essien, saying it was nothing personal and that it didn't mean the players didn't like him but they simply were only concerned with themselves and had better things to do."
Real Madrid finished the 2012/13 season empty-handed, finishing second in La Liga, reaching Champions League semi-finals as well as being runners up to rivals Atletico in the Copa Del Rey.
Essien was loved by Mourinho, though his aggressive nature meant he was close to making his Chelsea team wear shinpads in training back in the day.
Former Chelsea star Shaun Wright-Phillips recalled Mourinho considering the unusual change.
"It only got worse when Michael Essien joined because Mourinho was at the point where he was thinking about getting the players to train with shin pads on," he told Bonus Finder.
There was so many tackles flying in and training was really competitive so I don't think we would have blamed him if Mourinho made that decision."
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