Thursday Sep 29, 2022. 13:00
Nigeria and Chelsea FC legend Obi Mikel has announced his retirement from professional football.
The 35-year-old midfielder has been a free agent since November 2021 when his contract with Kuwait SC was terminated after only four months of joining the team and he has now hung up his boots.
Mikel retires as one of Africa’s most decorated footballers, having won the UEFA Champions League, Europa League, Premier League and the Africa Cup of Nations during his illustrious professional career which started in 2004.
“There is a saying that “all good things must come to an end”, and for my professional football career, that day is today,” a statement read on his official Instagram page.
“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 also boasts of an Olympic medal as he helped Nigeria finish third at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil and they scooped bronze medals.
The Jos-born legend played for clubs in Norway, England, China, Kuwait as well as Turkey.