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Former Super Eagles skipper, Mikel Obi announces retirement from football

The former Nigerian captain and Chelsea legend announced on his Instagram account his retirement from professional football just after 20 years.

Former Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel has announced his retirement from professional football after 20 years. Obi disclosed his retirement on Tuesday on his social media account.

He retired at the age of 35 with laurels won for both clubs and country, including Nations Cup, and Champions League, among others.

Mikel started his career with a local club, Plateau United, before joining a Norwegian club, Lyn Oslo, at the age of 17 in 2004.

He made a controversial transfer to English club Chelsea after Manchester United claimed they had already signed him.

Mikel Obi, who enjoyed a hugely successful career both at the club and international level, took to his official Instagram account to reveal his decision to retire on Tuesday, September 27, 2022.

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

He further 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 human it has helped shape.”

“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.”

The Nigerian enjoyed enormous success during his 11-year stint at west London as he amassed a total of six goals and 13 assists in 372 appearances.

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

He was also part of the Chelsea team that won the Champions League trophy for the first time in 2012.

On the international stage, Obi also enjoyed immense success as he won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2013 with Nigeria.

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