NewsSoccerSportMikel Obi Retires From Football At 35

John Mikel Obi, former Super Eagles captain, has retired from professional football.

Obi announced his retirement on his Instagram page on Tuesday with a photo of his 18-year career’s biggest highlights.

His post 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.”

The legendary midfielder’s decision to hang his boots is coming three years after he quit his 16-year-old career with Nigeria’s national team, the Super Eagles.

He had made his decision to retire from the national team known after Nigeria’s victory against Tunisia in the battle for third place at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.

“My national career started in 2003, under 17 World Cup and I’m grateful to the national team for placing me on the world arena and allowing me to show my skill and have an incredible national and international career,” he had posted on Instagram.

“At the age of 32, it’s time for me to retire from the national team and let the youth take over, who’ve done an amazing job securing a bronze medal at AFCON 2019.”

Obi retires at the age of 35 after 20 years, with laurels won for both his country and club, Chelsea Football Club

By Ezinwanne Onwuka (Senior Reporter)

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