It's crazy to think that 15 years ago, John Obi Mikel was photographed in a Man United jersey ahead of his proposed move that everybody thought to be signed & sealed.
Football history for teams and individuals can hinge on fine details. Obi Mikel's infamous and controversial move to Chelsea in favour of United at the last minute from Lyn in Norway was a huge watershed moment for him and his new club.
Happy Birthday, John Obi Mikel! 🥳 pic.twitter.com/o9OBJqbnb0— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 22, 2021
Obi Mikel went on to become a fixture in the Chelsea midfield for a decade and more, always selected to start the biggest games against the toughest opponents. He was a lynchpin for the London club during the most illustrious period in their history.
🦅 Obi Mikel's honours
- 🌍 Africa Cup of Nations winner in 2013
- 🦁 Premier League winner in 2010 & 2015
- 🏆 Champions League winner in 2012
- 🇪🇺 Europa League winner in 2013
- 🏴 FA Cup winner in 2007, 2009 & 2012
- 🎖 EFL Cup winner in 2007
- 🥉 Bronze medallist at the 2016 Olympics
- 🔵 Over a decade spent at Chelsea
- 🦅 91 caps for the Super Eagles
Mikel is the only Nigerian player to feature at the U17 WC, U20 WC, Olympic Games, Confederations Cup and World Cup tournaments.
🎉 Happy birthday to a midfielder who won the Silver Ball at the #U20WC behind Lionel Messi, helped the Super Eagles win the AFCON and is among the most decorated Nigerian footballers of all time. Have a great one, John Obi Mikel 🇳🇬@mikel_john_obi | @NGSuperEagles | @CAF_Online pic.twitter.com/kNzDLL6xdc— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) April 22, 2021
🇳🇬 One of the continent’s greatest and most favourite sons turns 34 today!