How many goals has Mikel Obi scored for Chelsea? How did his career with the football club begin? How many trophies did he win? All the interesting facts about this football legend are here!
Mikel Obi's career goals
- Champion of the Premier League (2): 2009/10, 2014/15
- Winner of the FA Cup (4): 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012
- Winner of the Football League Cup (2): 2007, 2015
- Winner of the UEFA Champions League: 2012
- UEFA Europa League Winner: 2013
- Winner of the Super Bowl of England: 2009
The national team of Nigeria
- The holder of the African Nations Cup: 2013
Mikel Obi's biography in Chelsea
John Obi Mikel was noted for his ability to play good matches when the team was in desperate need of it. His quality was particularly evident in the May Champions League final in 2012 when the team won the Champions League title for the first time in history. The outstanding Nigerian game in the final with Bayern became a key factor for the team's success that year. Mikel held several similar European cups, finals and semi-finals of English cups for 10 and a half seasons at Stamford Bridge.
The 19-year-old player was taken by Jose Mourinho to Chelsea in the summer of 2006. The player moved to West London from the Norwegian club 'Lun' and was positioned as a gifted and athletic attacking midfielder. Mourinho immediately made it clear that he prefers to see the Nigerian in the position of the defensive midfielder, and this position has entrenched the player for many years.
Despite the fact that the team at that time played, perhaps the greatest support of all time, Claude Makelele, Mikel still played more than 40 matches for the club in the first season.
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Frank Lampard about Michele in January 2014:
It's great to play next to Obi Mikel, who is a top-level midfielder. He is one of those players who does not actively participate in the attack, but he is happy to do the rough work and bring tremendous benefit to the team by playing.
Chelsea finished that season on a high note, defeating Manchester United in the first FA Cup final on the renewed Wembley. Mikel played 120 minutes with a small injury, obtained on the pre-match warm-up. The Nigerian shone in the middle of the field, performing next to Claude Makelele, and helped to keep the champions of England as confident as possible. That season, Mikel was named 'Best Young Player of the Year' at the club.
He also won his fourth FA Cup with the team, spending all 90 minutes on the field in the final match with Liverpool (2: 1). His ability to create space for partners contributed to Frank Lampard's assists on Didier Drogba, who scored the winning goal.
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Mikel was rewarded for his many years of dedication to the club. In December 2012, Chelsea signed a new 5-year contract with the player. Another reason for the celebration was the success of the Nigerian national team, which became the winner of the African Nations Cup in February 2013. He spent all the matches in the national team during the triumphant campaign in South Africa.
Jose Mourinho, under the direction of which Mikel began his career at Stamford Bridge, returned to Chelsea on the eve of the 2013/14 season. Then the player scored a shot in the home game of the Premier League with Fulham.
He is a genius in his position. There must be a miracle that he lost the ball .
José Mourinho, April 2007.
This season, Mikel did not play a single match for Chelsea, but he was captain of the Nigerian team at the Rio Olympics and helped his team win a bronze medal.
Mikel Obi's Chelsea salary
In Chelsea, he received about 70 thousand a week.
- Football talent of the year in Africa: 2005
- Best young Chelsea player (2): 2007, 2008
- Sportsman of the Year in Nigeria: 2013
Mikel Obi's profile
- First name: John Michael
- Last name: Nchekwube Obinna
- Nationality: Nigeria
- Date of birth: 22 April 1987
Mikel Obi is a real professional and an idol of a lot of Nigerians. His famous goals are adored by fans and his life is always an interesting topic.