Former captain of the Super Eagles of Nigeria John Obi Mikel has called it quit from the international football scene today after 15 years of loyal service.
His statistics as a player for Nigeria makes him a legend of the game in the country.
The Nigerian midfielder played his part in the third place spot of the Super Eagles in the African Cup of Nations in Egypt.
The ex-Chelsea FC player had blossom into fans favourite after his exploits at the under 20 World Cup in 2015 after he came second best behind Argentine Star, Lionel Messi.
He held on to the number ten position of the team while he played stepping in the shoes of the ex- Super Eagles midfield maestro, Austin Jay Jay Okocha.
His AFCON 2013 performance from the Quarters was crucial to the triumph of Keshi’s band of Super Eagles.
Mikel played 90 times for the national team, captained the team 18 times, scored 6 goals and won 1 AFCON title.
He also won AFCON bronze two times, Olympic bronze once, FIFA U20 silver once, FIFA U20 Silver Ball in 2005 and he was named CAF Young Player in 2005, 2006.
He scored for Nigeria at:
U-17 World Cup, U-20 World Cup, Olympics and FIFA Confederations Cup.
The sleek midfielder will be remembered for the stability he brings into every game he played.He retires as a legend of the national team.
By Uche Dozie