Mikel, a former Nigeria captain and Chelsea midfielder, has announced his retirement.
Former Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel, 35, has announced his retirement.
On Tuesday, the midfielder, who had most recently played for Kuwait SC, announced the end of his 20-year career.
Mikel spent the majority of his career with Chelsea, where he won two Premier League titles, as well as the Champions League and the Europa League.
During his time with the Blues, the enforcer also won the FA Cup three times and the EFL Cup once.
“There is a saying that ‘all good things must come to an end,’ and for my professional football career, that day is today,” he wrote on Instagram.
“As I reflect on the past 20 years of my career, I must say that I am very satisfied with everything I have accomplished and, more importantly, the person I have helped shape.”
“I couldn’t have done it without the unwavering support of my family, managers, clubs, coaches, teammates, and, most importantly, my devoted fans.”
“You were there for me through my highs and lows, even when I didn’t live up to your expectations.” Thank you very much.
“I would also like to encourage anyone who I may have inspired in some way during my career to never give up on their dreams, because every time you think about quitting, remember why you started.”
“This is not the end, but the beginning of another journey, another chapter in my life.” I’m excited about what the future holds, and I hope you’ll join me. Thank you very much.”
Mikel won 91 caps for the Super Eagles, with the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations being the pinnacle of his international career.