Former Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel has officially retired from football at the age of 35.
The Jos-born midfielder has an illustrious career after winning the Africa Cup of Nations, Champions League, Europa League, Premier League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup, Turkish Cup, and Olympic Bronze Medal.
Mikel announced his retirement on Tuesday on his official Instagram account as he thanked everyone that contributed one way or the other to his largely successful football career.
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“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”, he wrote.
Mikel started his career with NPFL side Plateau United before a spell at Lyn Oslo, Chelsea,
Tianjin TEDA, Middlesbrough, Trabzonspor, Stoke City and Kuwait SC.
Former Chelsea featured 91 times and scored six goals after playing in Africa Cup of Nations and FIFA World Cup for Nigeria.