Our Hottie of the Week is none other than John Obi Mikel!
The talented Chelsea star has been quite outstanding at the Olympics; despite the team being delayed, he got to Rio and two hours later led the team to victory. His epicness didn’t stop there as he’s continued to spectacularly captain the Super Eagles and now we’re in the football quarter finals!
The Captain of the Dream Team VI and Captain of Team Nigeria (how awesome did he look holding the flag during the opening ceremony), Mikel has shown what a true leader should be like as he represents “Green White Green” both on and off the pitch, proving that he is the right man for the job. Here are 10 facts you probably didn’t know about Nigeria’s star midfielder
-His real name is actually Michael Nwekchube Obinna and not Mikel Obi as most people think.
-Mikel was born on 22nd Aril, 1987 in Jos, Nigeria.
-He started playing football at the young age of 12, when he was selected to join Pepsi Football Academy from over 3000 young footballers.
-After that, he made his way to Nigeria Premier League first tier club, Plateau United.
-He spent a short time at South African Club, Ajax Cape town on trial but eventually joined Lyn Fotball Club in Norway.
-He won the U-20 silver football, after being voted the second best player of the tournament in 2005.
-In 2005, he chose to play in Chelsea over Manchester United and stirred up a lot of controversy from the English press. He has now spent 11 years at Stamford Bridge
-He made his Super Eagles debut on August 7th, 2005, when he came in as a second half substitute to feature in Nigeria’s 1-0 win over Libya.
-He won the African Young Player of the Year two consecutive times, in 2005 and 2006
-He made his World Cup debut in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and won the Man of the Match award in the Super Eagles’ opener against Iran. He also led the team to the knockout stage, with his extraordinary abilities.
Be sure to watch Mikel Obi work his magic on the 10th August, 2016 against Columbia as Nigeria looks to win all points in Group B. Did we miss out any fun fact about Mikel Obi? Share in the comments section.
Written by Doyinsola Olaniyan