The Super Eagle of Nigeria’s former captain, John Mikel Obi has declared that he would retire from the football profession.
The 35-year-old disclosed this through his official Instagram account on Tuesday, September 27, 2022.
He said, “There is a saying that “all good things must come to an end”, and for my professional football career, that day is today,”
Speaking further, he said “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 humanity 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.”
The Nigerian footballer has gained recognition nationally and Internationally during his service, he also succeeded in his 11 year in west London as he was able gathered six goals and 13 assists in 372 appearances.
The Chelsea legend has won two Premier League titles, 2007 League Cup, three FA Cup trophies, including the 2013 Europa League.
Mikel Obi contributed to Chelsea’s first victory in the 2012 Champions League trophy.
On the international stage, Obi also enjoyed immense success as he won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2013 with Nigeria.