Ex-Super Eagles Captain John Mikel Obi Announces Retirement

Former Chelsea midfielder and Ex-captain of the Nigerian Super Eagles John Obi Mikel announced his retirement after a long and decorated career on Tuesday. 

The 35-year-old posted on his Instagram account saying “all good things must come to an end”. “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.

Among his many achievements was helping the Super Eagles to third place in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. Mikel won 89 caps and scored six goals between 2005 and 2019 for his country, winning the AFCON in South Africa in 2013.

He also led Nigeria to a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil as one of the over-aged players.

Mikel also helped Chelsea to their first Champions League title in 2012, and his former club were quick to pay tribute to the player who joined them “as a fresh-faced 19-year-old”.

In a decade of service, he clocked up 372 appearances in a Chelsea shirt, winning the Champions League, two Premier League titles, four FA Cups, the Europa League and two League Cups.

“Enjoy your retirement, John!” said the Chelsea statement.

He paid particular tribute to his “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,” he told them.

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”, he concluded.

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