“A pleasure to play with you” – former England star hails Mikel on retirement
The Nigerian legend called it quits on his professional career, and he has received a lot of plaudits
Former England and Chelsea captain John Terry took to social media to praise and congratulate former Nigeria international Mikel Obi on his retirement.
Mikel and Terry played together while they were at Chelsea, and they had a lot of memories together. The duo won Chelsea’s first Champions League trophy together, Premier League titles, and FA Cup trophies.
Terry retired in 2018, after 17 years at Chelsea. Meanwhile, Mikel announced his retirement on Tuesday after a career that spanned 17 years.
The 35-year-old retires as one of the most decorated Super Eagles players. Mikel won everything possible during his time at Chelsea in England.
Following his announcement, Mikel has received a lot of plaudits from fans, ex-players – Chelsea teammates, National teammates, and even coaches.
Terry did not mince words as he sent a congratulatory message to his 35-year-old former teammate.
Congratulations on your retirement, John Mikel Obi.
An honor coaching you at the FIFA U17 World Cup 2003, AFCON 2006 & AFCON 2008.
Enjoy the good life. pic.twitter.com/azxOaSxoVI
— Austin Eguavoen (@coacheguavoen) September 27, 2022
Enjoy your retirement, @Mikel_John_Obi!
Thanks for the memories. pic.twitter.com/xK9EnCo4XE
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 27, 2022
Thank you for the memories and goodluck @mikel_john_obi #MikelTheBest pic.twitter.com/pn4s2kiA9v
— The NFF (@thenff) September 27, 2022
John Mikel Obi won everything for club and country. The most decorated Nigerian footballer.
Africa Nation's Cup
Captain. Leader. Legend. pic.twitter.com/Zy4NMkowGr
— Bolarinwa Olajide (@iambolar) September 27, 2022
John Obi Mikel has more PL titles (2) than PL goals (1).
◉ 3x FA Cup
◉ 2x Premier League
◉ 1x AFCON
◉ 1x UCL
◉ 1x UEL
Enjoy retirement, @mikel_john_obi. pic.twitter.com/cC5ppvGyx4
— Squawka (@Squawka) September 27, 2022
First saw him as a thing, scraggly and lanky 14 year old at the Police Field near Prisons in Jos.
That boy later captained the @NGSuperEagles and won tons of trophies in his 20 year career.
Today,John Mikel Obi has announced his retirement from football.
Thank you Nchukube! pic.twitter.com/URxMae6Mg9
— Andrew Randa (@RandaAndrew) September 27, 2022
Fare thee well, John Mikel Obi. One of Nigeria's GOATs. A midfielder of peerless intelligence, grace and nonchalance. Also a polarizing figure and an emblem of regret for many. Thank you for #3.
— Solace Chukwu (@TheOddSolace) September 27, 2022
You were exceptional on the pitch and Inspirational off the pitch.Happy retirement Skippo. … @mikel_john_obi pic.twitter.com/YnwJvpCy73
— MSimon27 (@Simon27Moses) September 27, 2022
He Made some of us (younger Generation) to Like Chelsea ,he was A Professional to the Core,he gave everything for Club and Country ,he won Everything there is to be won in Club Football. Thank you John Obi Mikel ,we wish you the very best in your Future Endeavour #Legend
— Adaeze Michael (@Adaeze_michael) September 27, 2022
What a player , What a man.
Enjoy retirement @ChelseaFC pic.twitter.com/TfBd7wTeIM
— John Terry (@JohnTerry26) September 27, 2022
John Mikel Obi was worth the hype.
Africa Nation's Cup
Thank you for the memories. pic.twitter.com/3sdJDLFhuO
— Kelechi Nkoro(Don Kelenioni) (@K1Says) September 27, 2022