Chelsea legend John Mikel Obi officially retires from football, My Football Facts

Chelsea legend John Mikel Obi officially retires from football

My Football FactsArticles

By Martin Graham | 28th Sep 2022

John Obi Mikel has decided it’s time to pull the plug on his career and announced his retirement on his Instagram page. The former Chelsea midfielder won many laurels at Stamford Bridge before seeking pastures anew.

Great players come and go, but their memories linger. Players like this can be found in great clubs because the elite sides attract exceptional players like flies to rotten mangoes.

The Premier League is not bigger than Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal plus recently, Manchester City. In all these, it is hard to find a player who has won almost every trophy. The Premier League, Champions League and the Europa League are trophies found in their cabinet.

Chelsea boast a few players that are some of the game’s best. You can hardly talk about the illustrious history of Chelsea without mentioning Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard or John Terry. They have won the biggest trophies and remain symbols of the most successful era at Stamford Bridge. One player who was also instrumental to that successful era but rarely talked about is John Mikel Obi. The Nigerian midfielder has finally called time on his football career.

John Mikel Obi calls time on his career

Great minds can spot exceptional talent, so when Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho were in a tug of war for the services of Mikel Obi, you could tell the Nigerian midfielder was special. Several years later, both Mourinho and Ferguson were proven right.

Good things have a funny way of coming to an end. It also applies to the glittering career of one of the most understated players in football. John Mikel Obi, who was an integral part of the 2012 Chelsea Champions League winning team, has finally decided to hang his boots. The Nigerian midfielder announced his retirement on his personal Instagram account, with his last outing coming for Kuwait SC.

Mikel spent a sizable part of his career at Chelsea, where he achieved his most successes. In the latter part of his career, Mikel also turned out for Middlesbrough and Stoke City in the Championship before heading to the Middle East.

Over a decade of trophies

John Mikel Obi arrived at Stamford Bridge as a fresh-faced 19-year-old midfielder. He had a splendid FIFA U20 tournament that caught the eye of the world. Though Lionel Messi was the standout performer in the tournament, Mikel gave the little Argentine a run for his money and showed the world he was an exceptional talent.

Mikel had a career littered with trophies as he won several honours. He has a cabinet of titles that include two Premier League titles, the Champions League and the Europa League. He also won three FA and one League Cup. He made a massive 372 appearances in a Chelsea shirt.

Mikel Obi has an understated style, but his talent was nevertheless there to see. He was also captain of the Nigeria national football team, the Super Eagles and was part of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) winning squad.

A farewell note

In his farewell post, Mikel said all good things must end, and for his professional career, that day is today.

Mikel looked back at his 20-year career and said he was satisfied with all his achievements.

Mikel thanked all who have been a part of his long football career. He said his achievements could not have been possible without the support of his family, managers, clubs, coaches, teammates and most importantly, his ever-loyal fans.

Mikel concluded his post by saying a big thank you to all involved in his career. Mikel is perhaps the most successful player from Nigeria.

Martin Graham is an MFF sports writer

32f4b35cf11cc9789eb344a479339f66.jpg
Arsenal's dominance in the Premier League: a compelling demonstration
70092a838df97cbe522bbe42122ab1d5.jpg
Hugo Lloris questions FFF's penalty shootout training plan
c8b90bf5e8ebf67f36b837fa7e857725.jpg
Alphonso Davies nears Real Madrid move
7e46f93fd0546a12e5d9eaf9c9c48e02.jpg
FIFA authorizes experiment with referee microphones in French football
e3a318904d3081b164a168b5055b0263.jpg
Arteta's optimism for Timber's return
817ed13206355eb80a190e6e929b04b9.jpg
Tottenham Hotspur gear up for Premier League clash against Crystal Palace
5891fcfd15aaf352db97041e5a0755ad.jpg
Celtic goalkeeper Joe Hart announces retirement
51c5939b53010ccb800ac4086dcd61ca.jpg
Toni Kroos announces international comeback for Germany
2fe96766c910ee5e8ec5088c66b9c978.jpg
Guardiola apologizes to Phillips for weight comment
cbbdd8894c8347d34693a055e9fc18d7.jpg
Thomas Tuchel to depart Bayern Munich earlier than expected
fbde88b585cc966b222d3ec09ce38850.jpg
Arsenal focused on Champions League clash with Porto
e7c5c736e44dfef8fa3a5b3ebd91499b.jpg
Greenwood's LaLiga triumph: United sets £34 million price tag
4f9f29925c243b2657ebdbfc39ccbae6.jpg
Napoli sacks Mazzarri, appoints Calzona as new manager
The Science Behind Football Predictions: How Data Analytics is Revolutionizing Match Forecasting
The Science Behind Football Predictions: How Data Analytics is Revolutionizing Match Forecasting
How to Keep Football Fans Engaged During the Off-Season
How to Keep Football Fans Engaged During the Off-Season
Winning Plays: Fast Payout Online Casinos Tailored for Football Fanatics
Winning Plays: Fast Payout Online Casinos Tailored for Football Fanatics
d67caa16eb63c27459420e2da75bf381.jpg
Hojlund's double leads Manchester United to victory
d94c9ae9aa2d0cbbb4a1461f7b810dc1.jpg
Chelsea's grit: clash at Etihad ends in a draw
48d5685280f0647edfbf14fdd0e79c19.jpg
Protests disrupt Borussia Dortmund's game against Wolfsburg
00c07ef30e756615cc3046656a3dd324.jpg
Salah's heroic return ignites Liverpool triumph over Brentford
1ed89389518fd49558e28f58f18a5255.jpg
Atlético Madrid fans send clear message to club
239e7a468a296d502861946c1cb1f83e.jpg
Postecoglou's insights on Son Heung-min's leadership dynamics
334da7829b8425fa5a85240a4e45719c.jpg
Modric set to leave Real Madrid after 12-year stint
900209b56da54892e39ef044964865d5.jpg
Crystal Palace set to part ways with Roy Hodgson
330867047c91aa2d3bba9d1912f1556a.jpg
Manchester United pursue Newcastle sporting director Dan Ashworth
a2822b71cbe1881e15d9b6adfc7c3690.jpg
Kane's rallying cry amid Bayern's turmoil
6ee18c229955c85976d21452d6b72bdc.jpg
Navigating financial constraints: Chelsea's transfer dilemma
Will Arsenal’s humiliation of West Ham hasten David Moyes’ departure?
Will Arsenal’s humiliation of West Ham hasten David Moyes’ departure?
4b8cc4d165e85c58ef527de73d999152.jpg
The X-Factors of Bayer Leverkusen
fa5b99655a421c1ca9d3a27b874ddcb8.jpg
Barcelona's Laporta pursues Alemany in crisis
cc106b60eb149e64723fc30022c29f2e.jpg
Arsenal triumph: 6-0 win at London Stadium
08b1907f053c66b43620c49bad9d2f06.jpg
Nuno Espirito Santo criticizes VAR decision in Forest defeat
05182ac381b5620df1bf939ab7a2db14.jpg
FA eyes Southgate's extended tenure
f8f19c9c70bbfa40f6c662f6526d6820.jpg
Debate over blue cards in football
30d46e7f7c9767cf2870c52db36a935b.jpg
Real Madrid personnel crisis deepens ahead of Girona showdown
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
50
51
52
53
54
55
56
57
58
59
60
61
62
63
64
65
66
Archives