John Obi Mikel

John Obi Mikel Biography, Age, Career, FIFA 22, Net Worth & Wiki

Mikel John Obi, a former professional football player from Nigeria who played defensive midfield, was born John Michael Nchekwube Obinna on April 22, 1987. Mikel started his career with the regional team Plateau United before switching to the Norwegian club Lyn in 2004 when he was 17 years old.

He controversially moved to the English team Chelsea in 2006 after Manchester United allegedly claimed to have already signed him. He spent 11 years with Chelsea before departing for China in 2017 with Tianjin TEDA. He spent two years in China before returning to England on a temporary deal with Middlesbrough. In July 2019, he joined Trabzonspor on a free transfer. Mikel rejoined Stoke City in August 2020 after returning to England.

John Obi Mikel
John Obi Mikel

John Obi Mikel Bio/Wiki

Birth NameJohn Michael Nchekwube Obinna
Nick NameJohn Obi Mikel
Age (as of 2023)36 years
ReligionChristian
Sun Sign/Zodiac SignTaurus
Birth PlaceJos, Nigeria
Date of Birth22 April 1987
NationalityNigerian
HobbiesMusic and Gym

Family

Mother's NameIrosu Obi
Father's NameMichael Obi
Brother(s)• Patrick Obi
• Ebere Obi
Sister(s)Not Available

Marital Status, Wife and Children

Wife/SpouseOlga Diyachenko
Children2 sons

Education

SchoolNot Available
College/UniversityNot Available
ProfessionFootballer
OutfitterNot Available

Football Career

Debut ClubPlateau United
Debut InternationalNigeria
Jersey Number• Nigeria -10
Current Team(s)
• Nigeria
PositionMidfielder
FootRight
League levelNot Available
Caps/Goals89 / 6
Career Manager/ Player AgentNot Available
Traits• Dives Into Tackles
Style Of Play• Likes to play short passes
Strengths• Passing
• Concentration
WeaknessNo Significant Weaknesses

Height and , Weight

Height• in meters - 1.88 m
• in feet inches - 6′ 2″
Weight• in kilograms - 86 kg
• in pounds - 190 lbs

Extra Ordinary Features

Race / EthnicityNigerian
Hair ColorBlack
Eye ColorBlack
Sexual OrientationStraight
Chest Size40 inches
Biceps Size14 inches
Waist Size30 inches

Favourite Things

Favorite Playing Position
Midfielder
Favorite CarNot Available
Favorite DrinksRed Wine
Favorite ColorWhite
Favorite Cell Phone/BrandIphone

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Personal Life

The Nigerian Football Association (NFA) submitted “Michael” instead of “Mikel” for the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championship, which was held in Finland. The new name had a “unique ring to it,” so he chose to keep it. When he first joined Chelsea, he was most frequently referred to as “John Obi Mikel,” but on July 31, 2006, he said that he prefers the name Mikel John Obi, and he made the change official in 2016.

Mike Obi was named the Nigerian Youth Ambassador on June 18, 2021, according to Sunday Dare, the minister of youth sports development.

John Obi Mikel Net Worth

The range of John Obi Mikel’s net worth or income is thought to be between $50 Million. However, his major occupation as a soccer player has brought him a significant amount of wealth.

Estimated Net Worth in 2023 (Approx)$50 Million
Estimated Net Worth in 2022 (Approx)$45 Million
Contract Signed/ExtensionSep 27, 2022
Market Value€6,000,000
Income SourceProfessional Footballer

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John Obi Mikel FIFA 22 Stats

In FIFA 22, John Obi Mikel has an overall rating of 70 and his potential is also 70.

FIFA 22 Stats

Overall Rating In FIFA 22

70

Potential In FIFA 22

70
Attacking
Skill
62Crossing
67Dribbling
50Finishing67Curve
71Heading Accuracy
59FK Accuracy
77Short Passing
74Long Passing
62Volleys70Ball Control
Power
Movement
74Shot Power
53Acceleration
75Jumping
52Ball Control
73Stamina
52Agility
78Strength
74Reactions
63Long Shots47Balance
Mentality
Goalkeeping
76Aggression
14GK Diving
72Interceptions
9GK Handling
54Positioning
16GK Kicking
61Vision
14GK Positioning
79Composure14GK Reflexes
Defending
78Defensive Awareness74Sliding Tackle
75Standing Tackle

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Club Career

Early Career

  • Mikel began his football career at the age of 12 when he was selected from more than 3,000 young footballers as a talented player to play for the Pepsi Football Academy, a group that at the time was well known for travelling throughout Nigeria looking for young footballers with the potential to play professionally.
  • Scouts saw Obi and he was chosen to play for Plateau United, a top-flight team that had previously produced talents Celestine Babayaro, Victor Obinna, and Chris Obodo who eventually had success in European competitions.
  • He gained notoriety for his nation at the FIFA Under-17 World Championships held in Finland and was thereafter known as John Obi-Mikel.

Tianjin TEDA

  • Mikel was taken on a free transfer by the Chinese club Tianjin TEDA on January 6, 2017.
  • Against Guangzhou R&F on April 14, 2018, he scored his second league goal for Tianjin and his first of the year.
  • At the conclusion of the Chinese Super League season in November 2018, he departed Tianjin TEDA.

Middlesbrough

  • After spending two years in China, Mikel signed a short-term contract with English Championship club Middlesbrough during the 2019 winter transfer window.
  • After departing the Chinese team Tianjin TEDA, the 31-year-old was a free agent.
  • Mikel played for Boro in 19 games, scoring one against Rotherham United on May 5, 2019, as the squad finished seventh, just missing the playoffs.
  • After the 2018–19 season, Middlesbrough released him.
John Obi Mikel playing for Middlesbrough
John Obi Mikel playing for Middlesbrough

Trabzonspor

  • Mikel signed a two-year deal with an additional year option with Trabzonspor in the summer of 2019.
  • On March 17, 2020, it was revealed that Mikel had departed Trabzonspor of his own will. Days before, he had voiced his concerns about the Turkish Super Lig continuing in the midst of the widespread coronavirus outbreak.

Stoke City

  • On August 17, 2020, Mikel agreed to a one-year contract with Stoke City in the EFL Championship.
  • On September 13, 2020, he made his Stoke debut in a scoreless draw away at Millwall.
  • Mikel played a significant role for the squad in 2020–21 under Michael O’Neill, making 41 games as Stoke ended in a mid-table position of 14th.
  • O’Neill said at the end of the season that he wants Mikel to remain at Stoke for another season.
John Obi Mikel playing for Stoke City
John Obi Mikel playing for Stoke City

Kuwait SC

  • Mikel cancelled his contract with Stoke on July 1, 2021, and he relocated to Kuwait SC.
  • After just four months of being a member of the squad, the contract with Kuwait SC was cancelled on November 4th, 2021.
  • Mikel announced his retirement from professional football on September 27, 2022, at the age of 35.

International Career

  • At the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship, Mikel played for the Nigeria under-20 squad and was awarded the Silver Ball as the tournament’s second-best player (after Lionel Messi) as the continent’s side came in second to Argentina.
  • On August 17, 2005, he earned his senior team debut for Nigeria when he replaced another player in the second half of a 1-0 friendly victory against Libya.
  • Prior to being selected for the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations team, he did not play for the national team once again.
  • Mikel did not enter the game when Nigeria faced Ghana in the opening round of the group round.
  • He entered the second game against Zimbabwe, nevertheless, early in the second half.
  • He provided the corner from which Christian Obodo headed the game’s first goal within 10 minutes of entering the game, and he also scored Nigeria’s second goal.
  • In Nigeria’s 2-1 victory against Senegal in the group’s final match, he received his first international start.
John Obi Mikel playing for Nigeria
John Obi Mikel playing for Nigeria

Awards

Chelsea

  • Premier League: 2009–10, 2014–15
  • FA Cup: 2006–07, 2008–09, 2011–12
  • Football League Cup: 2006–07
  • FA Community Shield: 2009
  • UEFA Champions League: 2011–12
  • UEFA Europa League: 2012–13

Trabzonspor

  • Turkish Cup: 2019–20

Nigeria

  • Africa Cup of Nations: 2013; third place: 2006, 2010, 2019

Nigeria Olympic

  • Summer Olympics bronze medalist: 2016

Individual

  • FIFA World Youth Championship Silver Ball: 2005
  • CAF Most Promising Talent of the Year: 2005
  • Chelsea Young Player of the Year: 2007, 2008
  • CAF Team of the Year:2005, 2013
  • Africa Cup of Nations Team of the Tournament: 2013
  • African Footballer of the Year runner-up: 2013

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FAQs

How old is John Obi Mikel?

He is currently 36 years old (as of 2023).

What is the height of John Obi Mikel?

He is 188 cm tall.

What position does John Obi Mikel play?

He plays as a midfielder.

How much is John Obi Mikel’s net worth?

His net worth is $50 Million (as of 2023).

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