Mikel Obi Biography: Things you didn’t know about him & net worth

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John Michael Nchekwube Obinna prevalently known as Mikel Obi or John Mikel Obi is a well renowned  Nigerian professional  footballer who plays as a midfielder for his nation Nigeria national squad “Super Eagles” and English club “Chelsea”. As of January 2017, he as of now plays for a Chinese club Tianjin TEDA on a free transfer. We discuss the life of Mikel Obi, fondly referred to as OBI in our Lionel Messi Biography Facts, Childhood, Family & Stats.

Mikel Obi Biography Facts

Full Name: John Michael Nchekwube Obinna
Nicknames: Obi
Born:  22 April 1987 (age 32)
Place of Birth: Jos, Nigeria
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Nigerian
Height: 5 feet 7 inches
Shoe Size: 10
Weight: 159 lbs (86kg)
Education: Jos Elementary school
Parents: Michael Obi (father), Irusu Obi (mother)
Spouse: Olga Diyachenko
Net Worth: $400 Million
Occupation: Football Player
Current Team: Trabzonspor
Position: Midfielder
Playing Career: 2003–present

Adolescence & Youth Life

Mikel Obi was conceived on 22nd April 1987 in Jos, Plateau State in the northern region of Nigeria. He is at present 30 years of age. He is the child of Michael Obi, who runs a Jos based inter-state transport company. Mikel Obi hails from Anambra State in the south-eastern region of Nigeria however experienced childhood in Jos, Plateau State in the northern region of Nigeria.

His dad, Michael Obi was is from the Igbo speaking tribe of Nigeria “Nchekwube” signifying “hop” and “Obi” is a nickname for the Igbo name “Obinna” which means  “Father’s heart”.

Mikel Obi began his soccer career professionally at 12 years old when he was picked as a skilled footballer from more than 3,000 youthful abilities to play in Pepsi Football Academy, a group that travelled the country in search of the skilled player with professional playing tendencies.

Mikel Obi made it through the selection and was later picked to play for best flight club “Plateau United” a club that had beforehand created stars like Celestine Babayaro, Victor Obinna and Chris Obodo among others that are flying higher in the European associations.


In 2003, Mikel Obi stood out as truly newsworthy for his nation at the FIFA Under-17 World Championships held in Finland. Following the competition, he went ahead to a preliminary at South Africa club Ajax Cape Town, at last joining Oslo-based club Lyn Football in Norway.

Amid arrangements for the 2003 FIFA Under-17 World Championships, the Nigerian Football Association (NFA) erroneously presented his name as “Mikel” rather than “Michael” for the competition in Finland.

In the wake of winning the 2003 FIFA Under-17 World Championships and making his way to the world stage , he chose to keep the new name “Mikel” saying that the name has a unique ring to it.

On 31st July 2006, Mikel Obi expressed that he likes to be called John Mikel Obi rather than John Michael Obinna, as he had most often been called.

In the mid-year of 2005, Mikel Obi played for Nigeria at the FIFA World Youth Championships held in the Netherlands. He had a brilliant competition until the point that Nigeria made it to the final, where they lost 2– 1 to Argentina. That year, Mikel Obi won the Silver Ball Award subsequent to being voted a ballot as the competition’s second-best player.

On 29th April 2005, a couple of days after Mikel Obi turned 18 years of age, Premier League club Manchester United reported that it had made a deal with Lyn to sign Mikel Obi into Manchester United with an exchange worth £4 million and would see the player land at Old Trafford in January 2006.

A couple of days later, Manchester United’s opponent in the Premier League club, Chelsea issued a counter-claim suggesting that they had a deal with Mikel Obi and his operators, however, Lyn denied the case.

Notwithstanding, more reports showed that Chelsea was a part of arrangements geared towards making sure the player had a smooth transition to Europe with plans to sign him sometime in the future. More substance was added to the case after it was uncovered that the player had thrilled  Chelsea manager  Jose Mourinho while preparing with the club’s first-group squad amid the late spring of 2004.

On second June 2006, Chelsea, Manchester United and Lyn achieved a settlement to determine the eventual fate of the player. Part of the resolution was that Mikel Obi would be transferred from Lyn to Chelsea. Manchester United, at last, consented to end their contract with Mikel Obi.

Under the terms of the new understanding, Chelsea consented to pay Manchester United £12 million, expressing that half of the cash will be paid upon the conclusion of the agreement and the other portion of the cash will be paid in June 2007.

Part of the terms also captured that, Chelsea consented to pay Lyn £4 million, expressing that half of the cash will be paid instantly and the other portion of the cash will be paid in June 2007.

Haven reached an amicable resolve, all claims were withdrawn. On nineteenth July 2006, Mike Obi was officially signed to the storied club of Chelsea with an exchange worth £16 million from Lyn and was mandated to start preparing with Chelsea Soccer Team.

Mikel Obi no doubt got tremendous support from manager Jose Mourinho who believed in him to the point of making him a part of his initial eleven. On his first trip with Chelsea, Mikel Obi made a decent execution on the pitch which made Chelsea fans to extol him for his great execution.

On twelfth August 2011, right before the Premier League season, Mikel Obi father, Michael Obi was abducted by armed kidnappers in Jos, Plateau State in northern Nigeria. The news reached Mikel Ob right before Chelsea’s game against Stoke City two days after the incident had occurred. He, however, proceeded with the game undeterred.

On fifteenth August 2011, Mikel Obi made a move in an effort to have his father released by his abductors. He disclosed to Sky Sports News that he has constantly supported his nation (Nigeria) and this is the ideal opportunity for his nation (Nigeria) to help him by bringing his dad home securely.

He additionally expressed that whoever any relevant information about where his father might be held should please reach out to him. Be that as it may, on 22nd August 2011, his dad, Michael Obi was discovered alive in the Nigerian city of Kano. His abductors were remanded in police custody.

In 2016, it was reported that  Mikel Obi lost his A-game and failed to impress  Chelsea by any means. He was continually on a seat because of his poor execution in the club. On fourth November 2016, it was reported that Chelsea would not be renewing  Mikel Obi contract when it terminated toward the finish of the season. On sixth January 2017, Mikel Obi was signed to Chinese club Tianjin TEDA on a free transfer.

Aside from football, Mikel Obi also signed contracts with brands such as Samsung, Pepsi and Soft Drink worth millions. He earns roughly  $110,000 week by week and $6 million yearly playing football. He is right now one of the most generously compensated soccer players in Africa.

Mikel Obi is at present one of the most extravagant and most compelling footballer in Nigeria with expected total assets of $50 million.

Personal  Life

Mikel Obi has 2 kids with his German girlfriend Olga Diyachenko


Mikel Obi daughter: We’re refreshing this segment

Mikel Obi son: We’re refreshing this area

Mikel Obi Net Worth: Mikel Obi has an estimated net worth  of around $25 million

Mikel Obi Salary: Mikel Obi ‘s salary is 7.28 million GBP

Mikel Obi wife: His wifes’s name is Olga Diyachenko

Mikel Obi girlfriend: His girlfriend’s name is Olga Diyachenko

Mikel Obi age: He is 31 years of age

Mikel Obi father: His fathers’s name is Michael Obi

Mikel Obi mother: His mothers’s name is Irosu Obi

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