Widely known as one of the greatest Nigerian Footballers.
The player is famous for his technicality, stamina and tackling ability.
He is a technically gifted player with the ability to score and the strength to support a high work rate and press opponents.
But how did this Transporter's son go from a life of hardship where he slept on a concrete bed to playing for one of the biggest teams in European football and winning medals?
In 1987, Mikel was born in Jos where he learnt to play football with the kids in his neighborhood.
His father, Michael Obi, was a football lover.
He settled for life as a transporter in order to make a living and provide for his family.
At 6 years old, Mikel already had his sights on becoming a great footballer.
Growing up was really tough for Mikel as he was subjected to a life of hardship and struggles.
While Obi Mikel supported his family in every way he could, his chance came when he was selected to join Pepsi football academy at a tender age.
The football academy hosted over 100 kids who had dreams of becoming footballers.
The midfielder trained all day as he worked hard to fulfill his dream.
Shortly after, Mikel made it to the U17 side of Nigeria where he continued to develop and impress.
He continued to work hard as he could sense his dreams inching closer with each passing day.
The Lyn Move
After missing out on moves to top clubs, the player found himself in Norway.
Lyn Oslo decided to take him, to see how he would fare. Mikel started his professional career when he joined Norwegian side Lyn Oslo in 2004, scoring once in six games.
After spending two seasons with Lyn, he signed for Premier League side Chelsea. He spent 11 years at Stamford Bridge and won many laurels.
The journey started at the 2003 U17 World Cup. Mikel scored a beautiful goal for Nigeria at the tournament.
In 2005, Mikel took part in the 2005 FIFA U20 World Cup where he excelled greatly.
His outstanding performances saw him crowned the 2nd Best Player of the tournament after helping Nigeria place second for the second time in history.
Between 2007 and 2020, Mikel won the FA Cup trophy three times, the Premier League twice, the UEFA Champions League, Europa League, EFL, Turkish Cup and Community Shield once each.
When he terminated his contract at Trabzonspor in early 2020, Mikel teamed up with Stoke City.
At national level, Mikel won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
He eventually made his father proud but will he help Stoke City gain promotion to the Premier League? That remains to be seen.
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