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In today’s article, I will like to educate you about all the Biography information you may need to know about the popular Nigerian footballer, Mikel Obi — and his salary, source of income and net worth for 2021.
Mikel Obi Profile & Biography
John Mikel Obi is a Nigerian professional footballer who was born on the 22nd April 1987. Mikel Obi is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for EFL Championship club Stoke City.
Mikel began his career with local club Plateau United, before joining Norwegian club Lyn at the age of 17 in 2004. Mikel Obi made a controversial transfer to English club Chelsea after Manchester United claimed they had already signed him, in 2016. He stayed with Chelsea for 11 years, before moving to China with Tianjin TEDA in 2017. After two years in China, he returned to England on a short-term deal with Middlesbrough, before joining Trabzonspor on a free transfer in July 2019. Mikel moved back to England in August 2020 joining Stoke City. In a 14-year international career between 2005 and 2019, he played 88 times for Nigeria, scoring six goals.
Journey of Mikel Obi’s Football Career
Mikel Obi started his football career officially, at the age of 12. Mikel Obi was selected from over 3,000 young talents to play in Pepsi Football Academy. Upon hard work and consistency, Mikel Obi was selected to play for top-flight club “Plateau United”.
Mikel Obi with his determination became famous in 2003, during his preparations for the 2003 FIFA Under-17 World Championships, the Nigerian Football Association (NFA) mistakenly submitted his name as “Mikel” instead of ‘Michael’ for the tournament in Finland. His fame began after the mistake became a topic for discussion and while it was discussed.
Mikel Obi then maintained the name after winning the Under-17 World Championship, as a believed that the name came with favour and grace for his football success.
Mikel Obi Net Worth For 2021
Mikel Obi is currently one of the richest and most influential footballer in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $50 million.
Some of the sources of income for Mikel Obi are through: Football, Endorsement deals with Samsung, Pepsi and Soft Drink companies.
Honours & Awards
- Africa Cup of Nations: 2013
- Summer Olympics bronze medalist: 2016
- FIFA World Youth Championship Silver Ball: 2005
- CAF Most Promising Talent of the Year: 2005
- Chelsea Young Player of the Year: 2007, 2008,
In summary, John Obi Mikel is a Nigerian professional footballer who played as a defensive midfielder, born on 22nd April 1987. Mikel Obi’s net worth is $50 million. This is everything you may need to know about Mikel Obi Net’s Worth And Biography 2021.