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Are you interested in football? Then you should know the country’s most prominent players! John Obi Mikel is one of those, who deserve our attention. Let’s find out more about his career, achievements, and private life right now!
John Obi Mikel biography
His full name is John Michael Nchekwube Obinna. This talented player was born in 1987. His father, Michael Obi, run the transport company in their native city. Besides, his dad also belonged to Igbo tribe. And the name of his son bare great sense. Thus, Nchekwube denotes hope, while Obi or Obinna means Father’s heart.
John Obi Mikel started his career when he was a little boy, at the age of 12. He was selected out of other 3000 boys to play in Pepsi Football Academy. It is still quite well-known in Nigeria. They are looking for prominent young footballers and bring them to the top.
For the significant results, John Obi Mikel was invited to play for club Plateau United. They were a part of European League. And a bit later, he took part in FIFA Under-17 World Championships, carried out in Finland. After this, he joined Oslo-based club Lyn Fotball in Norway. In 2005, John Mikel played for Nigeria during FIFA World Youth Championships in the Netherlands. He even won a Silver Ball.
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In 2005, there happened a kind of controversy concerning his signing contract with Manchester United. He disappeared and was absent for several months. However, FIFA decided he must fulfil his contract with Lyn club.
When did John Obi Mikel join Chelsea?
As Obi always wanted, he joined Chelsea in 2006. He is still with the club as a midfielder. And he has number 12.
How old is John Obi Mikel?
As we have mentioned, he was born in 1987. So, he is currently 28. In fact, he has managed to gain his fame very early. And he is now one of the youngest internationally known footballers from Nigeria.
Where is John Obi Mikel from?
Even being famous worldwide, Obi still remains native Nigerian. He comes from Plateau state. In his birth city of Jos, he made his first steps in sport.
Is John Obi Mikel married to Tonto Dikeh?
Personal life of celebrities is something many people (and not only football fans) are always interested in. being a handsome young man, Obi attracts plenty of females all over the globe.
There have been many rumors concerning Obi Mikel and Tonto Dikeh wedding. There are many pictures on the Internet saying they have had a kind of secret wedding. But this is still a controversy. Lots of people claim it is not Obi on the photos. Well, the truth is still unknown. Besides, there is some data that he has girlfriend from Asian part of Europe.
How much does John Obi Mikel earn?
Another thing, many people are so eager to find out, is the income of popular personalities. Fans want to know how many houses they own and which cars they prefer. Concerning Obi, he is considered one of the wealthiest Nigerian footballers. According to the reports, he earns about N20 million per week. Moreover, he also gets some money from UEFA Champions League. Mikel owns several mansions, including one located abroad (in the UK). He is a shareholder as well and has many luxurious vehicles, such as Mercedes G Wagon, Bentley Continental, Mercedes G 500, and Range Rover Sport.
What else can we expect from such prominent football player? Will he stay with Chelsea or join some other club? Will he uncover some interesting details about his personal life (including the girlfriend and wedding controversy)? Let’s just wait and see. John Obi Mikel may surprise us in the upcoming season!