John Mikel Obi Biography and Networth

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John Mikel Obi Biography and Networth

John Mikel Obi Biography and NetworthJohn Michael Obi, popularly known as “John Mikel”, “Mikel Obi” or just, “Mikel” was born to Mr. Michael Obi and Mrs. Irosu Obi on 22nd April 1987 in the North central city of Jos. The 31year old midfielder is Igbo by tribe. He is a professional Nigerian footballer who recently resigned from Chinese club, Tianjin TEDA.

Professional Career

Mikel started his footballing career with Pepsi Football Academy at the age of 12, when he was picked among over 3,000 other talented kids. The academy was known for its scouting prowess, traversing the country and picking players with professional football potentials. Obi’s bright future was not missed by scouts who placed him in Plateau United in 2002 at the age of 15 years. The reputation of this local club among upcoming players was one of hope and adoration considering that legends like Celestine Babayaro, Victor Obinna and Chris Obodo all had spells with the team. Mikel played at this local club for two years before coming to limelight at the FIFA Under-17 World Championship in Finland. Shortly after, he joined Lyn Fotball, a European club based in the Norwegian capital, Oslo.

During preparations for the 2003 FIFA Under-17 World Championships, the Nigerian Football Federation mistakenly submitted a wrong name for John Michael Obi, switching the Michael for Mikel. He concluded that the mistake was special and no need to rectify it.

John Mikel’s performance at the FIFA Under-20 World Youth Championship held in Netherlands in the Summer of 2005 showcased the capabilities of the young and versatile player. He helped Nigeria reach the finals where they lost 2-1 to Argentina. Obi was awarded the Silver Ball for his role as the second-best player in the tournament after Argentina’s, Lionel Messi.

The Hurdles In His Early Football Career.

A few days after Mikel’s 18th birthday, Premier League Giants Manchester United announced publicly and on its website that a deal had been struck between the club and the players parent club Lyn for the youngster’s transfer. The player allegedly signed onto a 4 million pounds transfer contract without proper representation and after coercion by his club. Lyn apparently faxed a document to Mikel’s agent John Shittu claiming his services were terminated by the young player. Mikel expressed his joy at joining a team like Manchester United at an impromptu press conference, holding his supposed jersey with the squad number 21.

The controversy compounded when another Premier League giant and rival to Man UTD released a statement claiming Mikel and his agent had penned their signature to a deal with the club for transfer. The player went missing on the 11th of May, 2005 for a period of nine days. It was later discovered that he was in London with his agent trying to iron out the details of his transfer to the West London club. During these absences, Mikel stated to Skyport’s that he had been forced by Manchester and Lynn into the wrong deal and his intention was to sign for Chelsea all along. This claim was refuted by both United and his current club. This prompted Man UTD to make an official complaint regarding the behavior of the player, his agent and Chelsea Football Club. FIFA dismissed the charges brought forward against Chelsea in August of 2005 due to lack of sufficient evidence. FIFA ruled that Mikel fulfil the conditions of his contract with Lyn before considering any moves. He returned to his club in September 2005 after being absent for three months.

The Dust Finally Settles at Chelsea FC

Chelsea volunteered to resolve the transfer saga by inviting his current club Lyn and their rivals Manchester United to the table.

On June 2006, the negotiations came to a successful close as Chelsea agreed to compensate United 12 million pounds and Lyn 4 million pounds. For a signing fee of 16 million pounds, John Obi Mikel joined Chelsea Football Club and subsequently received his work permit on 19 July 2006.

Mikel’s Superlative Performances at Chelsea FC

Obi made his debut for Chelsea on 12 September 2006 in the UEFA Champions League against Levski Sofia. He netted his first goal for the club in a 6-1 FA Cup win against Macclesfield Town.

Mikel’s performances cemented him as a favourite in the talented side, taking up the role of a holding midfielder for Jose Mourinho’s side. His early notable performances were Chelsea vs Tottenham in the FA Cup Sixth round replay, UCL quarter final against Valencia, UCL semi-final against Liverpool and the 2007 FA Cup win against Manchester United. The defensive midfielder was revered for his athletic build, height, great ball controla, and ball distribution skills that enabled him disrupt the flow of opposing teams and also mount attacking plays.

The 2011-2012 English Premier League season was probably Mikel’s best in terms of appearances. He played in 22 league matches, starting 15 of them. In the final of the 2012 UEFA Champions League in Munich, Mikel featured in the full 120 minutes, putting on a disciplined yet outstanding display to help Chelsea win the trophy for the first time in its long history.

On 26 December 2015, Mikel became the 21st player to make 350 appearances for the West London team against Watford, therefore cementing his place in the club’s history.

From Chelsea To Tianjin TEDA

Mikel and Chelsea announced on 4th November 2016 that his contract would not be renewed after expiration at the end of the season.

He joined Chinese club Tianjin TEDA on a free transfer on 6 January 2017.

John Mikel Obi had 249 career appearances for Chelsea and 6 appearances for Lyn Oslo, totalling 255 career appearances.

John Mikel’s Obi National Team Career

John Mikel Obi picked his first cap for the Super Eagles on 17 August 2005 in a 1-0 friendly win against Libya.

He was then named in the Nigeria squad at the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations where he created one assist and scored one goal in the second group game against Zimbabwe. He made his first international start in the final group game against Senegal.

Mikel missed out on the 2010 World Cup held in South Africa due to knee complications that required surgery.

Mikel Obi was pivotal in Nigeria’s victory at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. He was named by Confederation of African Football (CAF) as a member of the team of the tournament for his key performances.

In the 2014 World Cup, Mikel earned a “Man of the Match” award against Iran. He also helped Team Nigeria to reach the first knockout stage for the first time in 26 years.

At the 2016 Summer Olympics, Mikel Obi scored his first ever Olympic goal to help Team Nigeria win bronze medal at the tournament. John Mikel Obi has 78 caps for the National team, scoring 5 goals.

Honors

Chelsea

  1. 2 Premier League titles: 2009–10, 2014–15
  2. 3 FA Cup titles: 2006–07, 2008–09, 2011–12
  3. 1 Football League Cup: 2006–07
  4. 1 FA Community Shield: 2009
  5. 1 UEFA Champions League trophy: 2011–12
  6. 1 UEFA Europa League trophy: 2012–13

Nigeria

  1. 1 Africa Cup of Nations trophy: 2013
  2. 2016 Summer Olympics: Bronze Medal

Personal awards

  1. FIFA World Youth Championship Silver Ball: 2005
  2. African Young Player of the Year: 2005, 2006
  3. Chelsea Young Player of the Year: 2007, 2008

Marriage and Family

The 31-year-old footballer is married to Russian beauty, Olga Diyachenko and the pair have twin daughters, Ava and Mia. The two started dating in 2013 and conceived the children two years later.

According to unconfirmed reports, Mikel has fathered two children from two different women.

Net Worth

John Mikel Obi is estimated to have a net worth of $60million, with an annual salary of $8.5 million at Chinese side, Tianjin TEDA. He makes considerable earnings from endorsements and sponsorship deals notably from Amstel Malt, Pepsi, Samsung, and Peak which haa fetched this Nigerian footballing icon over $25million.

Mikel’s house in the United Kingdom is worth over $260,000. Also, among his car collection include Mercedes G500, Bentley Continental GT, Range Rover Sport, and Mercedes G Wagon. He is known to have investments in real estate scattered across Nigeria.

 

 

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