Nigerian international football star John Obi Mikel has on Friday, January, 6, 2017 announced his mega move to Chinese Super League club Tianjin Teda, and the player is expected to be earning the sum of 140,000 pounds every week.
The Super Eagles captain was earlier reported to be heading to Valencia, but the could not be sealed which pave way for the Chinese club to get his signature on a three-year deal.
After spending ten years at Stamford bridge winning eleven trophies with the Blues, here we bring you six things that will not make Chelsea fans to forget the 29-year-old midfielder.
1. Transfer saga
In the year 2006, Mikel Obi’s transfer from Norwegian side Lyn Oslo to Stamford bridge generated controversies between Chelsea and Manchester United in which many Chelsea faithfuls would never forget the battle that transpired between the two clubs.
Mikel Obi stint at Chelsea was baptized with lots of success as he has made 374 appearances for the Blues winning 11 trophies along the way. Premier League: 2009–10, 2014–15, FA Cup: 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2011–12, League Cup: 2006-07, 2014-15, FA Community Shield: 2009, UEFA Champions League: 2011–12, UEFA Europa League: 2012–13.
Before his departure at Stamford bridge, the Super Eagles captain is the second-longest serving player at Stamford Bridge after John Terry and his consistent role on the bench forced him out of Stamford bridge.
4. Pass accuracy
During his first three years at Stamford bridge, Mikel had the highest pass completion in the Premier League, boasting an impressive 89.93% which is even better than the likes of Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard or Man United’s Paul Scholes.
5. Threat to referee
Many Chelsea fans won’t forget how the Super Eagles captain was charged with misconduct by the Football Association (FA) on 22 November 2012. He was given a three-match ban and fined £60,000 for threatening referee Mark Clattenburg during Chelsea’s 3–2 defeat to Manchester United.
6. 2016 Rio Olympics
Mikel Obi’s participation at the 2016 Rio Olympics was said to be the rationale why Chelsea manager Antonio Conte refused to give him a chance, but despite all the pressure, Mikel explained that Conte was in support of his participation at the Rio 2016 games to the delight of all Chelsea fans.