Mikel Obi Announces Retirement From Football

Former Captain of Nigeria’s Super Eagles and Chelsea FC star, John Mikel Obi has officially announced his retirement from football.

Obi made the announcement of his retirement on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, on his Instagram account.

“There is a saying that “all good things must come to an end”, and for my professional football career, that day is today,” he said in a statement.

“I look back at the past 20 years of my career, and I must say that I am very satisfied with all that I was able to achieve and more importantly the human it has helped shape.

“All of this would not have been possible without the unwavering support of my family, managers, clubs, coaches, teammates and most importantly my ever-loyal fans. You supported me through my highs and lows, even on days that I did not live up to your expectations. I say a big thank you.

“I will also like to encourage everyone who I may have inspired one way or the other in the course of my career to never give up on their dreams, for every time you think about quitting, remind yourself why you started.

“This is not goodbye, it’s the start of another journey, another chapter of my life. I look forward to what the future holds and I hope you will walk with me. Thank you.”

 

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Mikel has represented Nigeria on the international level, ending with the fourth most appearances. During his tenure, team Nigeria reached the semifinals of the Africa Cup of Nations four times (winning it all once, in 2013) and earned a bronze medal in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

He won the Champions League trophy in 2012 with Chelsea, won two Premier League, the FA Cup three times among other trophies and recently played for Kuwait SC.