Mikel Obi retires from football

Former Nigeria Midfielder - John Mikel Obi, has retired from football at the age of 35; he had a wonderful dreamland spell during his 18 years of activeness in the game.

Obi, who got the world checking him out when he signed for Chelsea after he was claimed to have signed for Manchester United, lifted the Champions League with Chelsea in 2012, won 89 caps for Nigeria and helped the Super Eagles win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, before retiring from international football in 2019.

"There is a saying that 'all good things must come to an end', and for my professional football career, that day is today," said Mikel on Instagram.

John Mikel Obi celebrates Nigeria's 2013 Africa Cup of Nations success with Joseph Yobo

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.