Former Chelsea and the Super Eagles of Nigeria midfielder John Mikel Obi has announced his retirement from football.
In a lengthy post on his social media platform today, Tuesday, September 27, 2022, John Mikel Obi, who is viewed as a Chelsea legend, announced his retirement from football after 20 years of playing the beautiful game.
His post had 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.
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 who is recognized for his immense contribution to the national side, Nigeria, as the former captain of the side as well as his contribution to a decade-long dominance of Chelsea in club football is a name that would never be forgotten for days to come.