Ghana’s Michael Essien picked up the award for his goal scored against Levadiakos in the Greek Super League.
The strike was the second for Panathinaikos in their 2-0 win in the match played on January 24.
The effort won 45.89% of votes cast in a competition organised by the Greek Super League and the the Panhellenic Association Paid Football Players (PSAP).
Essien appreciated the gesture and added that the goal would push him to give his best to the club.
“We score a lot of goals, but when I do get my chance to score, I make sure it’s good. I am happy to have won this award and I hope to offer much more to Panathinaikos,” he said in an interview with Panathinaikos’ website.
The team’s U-13 coach Manolis Papadakis was at the event and spoke highly of the former Chelsea, Real Madrid and AC Milan midfielder.
“I’m glad I gave the prize to Essien. It is one of the biggest names to have played football in Europe and the planet.”
“It is Panathinaikos’ pleasure and it good news for his teammates, the world, the coaches and players of the Academy.”
“Essien is an idol and a lot of children hope to be like him. We are glad he belongs to our team.”
Essien has played 10 times for Panathinaikos since he signed in the summer from AC Milan.
By: Citi Sports Desk