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Michael Essien FIFA 21: How to Complete the Prime Icon Moments SBC

Juventus FC v AC Milan - Michael Essien (pictured right) versus Claudio Marchisio
Juventus FC v AC Milan - Michael Essien (pictured right) versus Claudio Marchisio / Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

Michael Essien is one of the newest three Prime Icon Moments cards to be added to the Icon Squad Building Challenges in FIFA 21. Arguably one of the top African midfielders in the history of soccer, Essien was an anchor in defensive midfield, and his Moments card celebrates his equalizing long shot for Chelsea against Arsenal to keep their 51 home-match unbeaten streak alive in 2006.

Here's how to complete the Michael Essien Prime Icon Moments Squad Building Challenge.

Michael Essien Prime Icon Moments SBC Requirements

The Michael Essien Moments SBC costs a total of eight squad segments with the following requirements:

Squad 1

  • Rare Players: Exactly 11
  • Player Quality: Exactly Bronze
  • Team Chemistry: min 50

Squad 2

  • Rare Players: Exactly 11
  • Player Quality: Exactly Silver
  • Team Chemistry: min 50

Squad 3

  • Team of the Week or FUT Champions Players: min 1
  • Team Rating: min 82
  • Team Chemistry: min 80

Squad 4

  • Team of the Week or FUT Champions Players: min 1
  • Players from Chelsea: min 1
  • Team Rating: min 83
  • Team Chemistry: min 75

Squad 5

  • Team of the Week or FUT Champions Players: min 1
  • Players from Real Madrid: min 1
  • Team Rating: min 85
  • Team Chemistry: min 70

Squad 6

  • Team of the Week or FUT Champions Players: min 1
  • Players from Ligue 1: min 1
  • Team Rating: min 86
  • Team Chemistry: min 65

Squad 7

  • Players from Premier League: min 1
  • Team Rating: min 87
  • Team Chemistry: min 50

Squad 8

  • Players from La Liga: min 1
  • Team Rating: min 88
  • Team Chemistry: min 45

Michael Essien Prime Icon Moments Stats

Michael Essien's Prime Icon Moments card is 91 rated, with High-High work rates, three-star skill moves, a four-star weak-foot, and an average body type at 5'10". His card has the following base stats:

Michael Essien's Prime Icon Moments card is 91 rated, with High-High work-rates, three-star skills and four-star weak-foot.
Michael Essien Prime Icon Moments Stats / Photo Courtesy of FUTBIN
  • Pace: 88
  • Shooting: 84
  • Passing: 82
  • Dribbling: 84
  • Defending: 91
  • Physicality: 91

Essien also possesses the Long-Shot taker and Outside foot shot traits.

Michael Essien Prime Icon Moments Analysis

There's not much else to say about the Prime Icon Moments Michael Essien besides that he is a midfield tank. He has the well-rounded speed, dribbling, and passing that is a plus to a great defensive midfielder, and his defending and physicals are top-tier. As an Icon, he fits into any squad on chemistry of course, so that won't be an issue either.

For his price, Essien is a great card, and like Kenny Dalglish's Prime Moments SBC, he will be available throughout Team of the Season, meaning his SBC price will definitley decrease with time and grinding the game.

There are very few cons with the card, he won't be too heavy on the ball, yet he is strong enough to muscle the ball away from opponents, and with a shadow or anchor chemistry style he will have the speed and agility to keep up with some of the most agile and light-footed attackers in the game. Michael Essien is the prototypical CDM for Meta players in FIFA, and should definitely be on your radar if you can afford to complete his SBC.