Mikel John Obi is a former professional footballer who played as a defensive midfielder for club and country. Mikel began his career with local club Plateau United, before joining Norwegian club Lyn at the age of 17 in 2004. Mikel’s career began when he was chosen for the Pepsi Football Academy at the age of 12 and went on to play for Nigeria at the FIFA Under-17 World Championships. While there, he led Nigeria to the finals and was named second best player in the tournament.
As at 2017, when he was signed to the Chinese club, his net worth was more than $25 million. He currently has a net worth of $41 Million, with an annual salary of $6 million. These figures exclude the numerous brands he is affiliated with as a brand ambassador.
Some of his first moments in Chelsea include:
First appearance – Mikel made his first appearance for the Blues in the UEFA Champions League game against Levski Sofia on 12th September 2006 and the rebound from his saved shot at goal was met by Didier Drogba.
First goal – Mikel’s stunning volley against Macclesfield Town in the FA cup was his first goal for Chelsea, as the Blues thumbed them a whopping 6-1 to move to the 4th round of the competition.
First red card – In the League Cup final in 2007, substitute Mikel Obi was sent off for the first time in a Blue shirt after clashing with Kolo Toure. The incident was followed by a huge fracas where Toure and Emmanuel Adebayo were also sent off.
First trophy – The first winner’s medal of Mikel’s Blue career came in the 2006-2007 League Cup against Arsenal.
First champions’ league trophy – Mikel had the best night of his Chelsea career as he played the full 120 minutes in Munich, when the Blues claimed the Champions league trophy against a relentless Bayern Munich side and became the first London team to win a champions league.
Mikel obi has also had quite an achievement when he was a Chelsea player. They include;
He is a one-time African cup of nation winner. He won this Cup in 2013 when he played for his country Nigeria.
He is a two-time English champion winner in 2010 and 2015 respectively under Chelsea.
He is a one-time champions league winner in the 2011/2012 champions league tournament under Chelsea.
He is also a one-time Europa league winner in 2012/13 under Chelsea.
Mikel is also four times FA Cup winner; he won these titles in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012 respectively under Chelsea.
Mikel Obi is a two times English league cup winner; he won these cups in 2007 and 2015 respectively under Chelsea fc.
Lastly, he won the English super cup in 2010 under Chelsea.
Mikel Obi who enjoyed a hugely successful career both at the club and international levels took to his official Instagram account to reveal his decision to retire on Tuesday, September 27, 2022.