Nigerian international midfielder John Obi Mikel has retired from football at the age of 35, the former Chelsea player announced.

“There is a saying that ‘all good things must come to an end,’ and for my career as a professional footballer, that day has come,” Obi Mikel, who has defended his country’s colors in 89 international matches, said on his Instagram page, in a long message. : When I think back to the last twenty years of my career, I must say that I am very satisfied with all that I have been able to achieve, and, above all, about the human being I have helped to raise.

The Nigerian international was famous for his ability to occupy several positions within the green rectangle, and he was able to play as a hub in front of the defense, or support the attackers and sometimes in the middle of the defense, and he spent most of his career at Chelsea, who contracted him from the modest Norwegian team Lyn Oslo.

Obi Mikel played with Chelsea about 372 games between 2006 and 2017, winning the league title twice in 2010 and 2015, the Champions League (2012) and the European League “European League” (2013), and he also won the local cup four times (2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012), And the League Cup in 2007 and 2015.

At the international level, he was crowned with his country’s “Super Eagles” as the African Nations champion in 2013 by winning the final match over Burkina Faso 1-0 in Johannesburg.

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