John Mikel Obi is not classed as a skillful midfielder like his predecessors; Henry Nwosu, Jay Jay Okocha, Wilson Oruma but he’s highly revered considering his achievements with the national team.
Mikel Obi is one of many Nigerian players who grew from the cadet team and developed as a regular in the Super Eagles.
In a career that lasted for 17 years, Mikel Obi is considered one of the most decorated Nigerian players in history given the numbers of laurels he won at his club side, Chelsea as well as for Nigeria.
Some of Mikel Obi’s most admired attributes in the later stage of his career is his composure under pressure, defensive qualities, and accurate long-range passes.
Mikel Obi is the 4th most capped player in Nigerian football history with 91 appearances. (See the full list here)
He didn’t score too many goals for the Super Eagles but the few scored were quite memorable.
Below is a compilation of his goals for Nigeria from 2005-2019 courtesy of Africa Football Classics!
Happy Birthday to former Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel.
Watch all his goals for Nigeria pic.twitter.com/T1xQ5j4kvJ
— AfricaFootballClassics (@AfricaClassic) April 22, 2020
Hearty Cheers Mikel🎉!