John Mikel Obi, a former captain of the Super Eagles, has declared his retirement from football.
The 35-year-old announced his resignation from the round leather game on social media.
“There is a saying that “all good things must come to an end”, and for my professional football career, that day is today,” wrote on his Instagram page.
“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.”
John Obi Mikel won 91 caps for the Super Eagles in a period of 14years, scoring 6 goals. He is one of few players to have played at almost all levels for Nigeria U17, U20 and the Olympic team
Mikel spent 18 years playing the beautiful game