Essien, 35, is rated by many among the best players to grace the beautiful game from the continent, particularly for his performance while with Chelsea.
"Michael Essien is one of the best Ghanaian players in history," Asamoah, who played together with Essien at the 2008 and 2010 Africa Cup of Nations tournaments as well as the 2014 Fifa World Cup, told Inter TV when asked for his favourite African footballers.
"He did well in Europe, he is a midfielder I followed a lot when I was young.
"Then [former Cameron forward] Samuel Eto'o, a striker who won so many trophies and scored a lot goals: I like him a lot.
"I will also add [former Cote d'Ivoire striker] Didier Drogba, who has signed many important networks for his club,
At international level, the Accra-born represented Ghana at the 2002, 2008 and 2010 Africa Cup of Nations tournaments as well as the 2006 and 2014 Fifa World Cup tournaments.
The former Bastia, Panathinaikos and Liberty Professionals man is currently without a club after parting ways with Indonesian club Persib Bandung earlier this year.