Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has been honoured at Azerbaijani top-flight side Sabail FC.

The Ghanaian international was at the Bayil Arena Stadium in Baku and met players of the top-flight side to motivate and inspire them.

He was presented with a Sabail FC shirt.

Essien was in the Azerbaijani capital where he played in an exhibition match dubbed "Baku 2019: Stars Final" held on March 3.

In a nine-year career at Stamford Bridge, the tough-tackling midfielder claimed two Premier League titles, four FA Cups, a League Cup and, in 2012, the crowning glory, the Champions League.

He has also had stints with Real Madrid, AC Milan and lately in Greece with Panathinaikos.