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Former Super Eagles Captain Mikel Obi Announces Retirement

John Obi Mikel, a Chelsea icon and former captain of the Super Eagles, has declared his retirement from football at the age of 35.

On Tuesday, September 27, the former Nigerian international announced his intention to hang up his boots with a lengthy statement on Instagram.

Former Super Eagles Captain Mikel Obi Announces Retirement
Mikel Obi

The legendary midfielder’s message read:

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

“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.

Former Super Eagles Captain Mikel Obi Announces Retirement

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Read more of his messages below

Mikel Obi began his professional career in 2004 with the Lyn band from Norway. Two years later, he was discovered by Chelsea, who added him to their Stamford Bridge roster of A-list players.

He made 372 appearances for west London throughout the course of his 11-year stay,

scoring six goals and dishing out 13 assists in all.

The 35-year-old won the 2007 League Cup, two Premier League championships, three FA Cup medals, and the 2013 Europa League.

Mikel also competed for Chelsea in the 2012 Champions League championship.

Obi Mikel moved from Chelsea to Tianjin TEDA in China in 2017,

then returned to England with Middlesbrough two years later.

He then relocated to Turkey in 2019 and, a year later, won the Turkish Cup with Trabzonspor.

The Chelsea hero had been a free agent since last November until his decision to end his career. 

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