Former Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel has announced his retirement from active football at the age of 35.
The former Chelsea midfielder and arguably Nigeria’s best midfielder of his era made the announcement via his Instagram page.
“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.
“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.”
Mikel Obi who played for Chelsea between 2006 and 2017, won all the titles available in Europe.
He also had a great career with the national team, winning the AFCON in 2013 and leading Nigeria to a Bronze medal at the 2018 Olympics.
• Premier League 🏆 🏆
• FA Cup 🏆 🏆 🏆 🏆
• League Cup: 🏆 🏆
• Charity Shield 🏆
• Champions League 🏆
• Europa League 🏆
• AFCON Title 🏆