Former Super Eagles captain, Mikel John Obi has retired from professional football today after over 18 years of active football.

Mikel announced his retirement from Football on his official social media pages today.

“There is a saying that ’all good things must come to an end’ and for my professional football career, that day is today.” Mikel announced on his official social media handle.

“I look back at the past 20 years of my career, and I must say that I am very satisfied with all that I was able to achieve and more importantly the human it has helped shape.

“All of this would not have been possible without the unwavering support of my family, managers, clubs, coaches, teammates and most importantly my ever-loyal fans. You supported me through my highs and lows, even on days that I did not live up to your expectations. I say a big thank you.

“I will also like to encourage everyone who I may have inspired one way or the other in the course of my career to never give up on their dreams, for every time you think about quitting, remind yourself why you started.

“This is not goodbye, it’s the start of another journey, another chapter of my life. I look forward to what the future holds and I hope you will walk with me. Thank you.”

The 35-year-old announced retirement from international football after the third place finish at the African Nations Cup in 2019.

Mikel won two Premier League, three FA Cup, one League Cup, one Community Shield, one UEFA Champions League and one UEFA Europa League with Chelsea. He also won one Turkish Cup with Trabzonspor.

With Nigeria, Mikel won the African Cup of Nations in 2013 and finished third on three occasions in 2006, 2010 and 2019. He also led the Nigerian team to the bronze medal of 2016 Olympics game.