Isn’t it funny? Many of the people who’ve changed their names in the course of history ended up being heroes. Onika Tanya Maraj aka Nicki Minaj, Peter Gene Bayot Hernandez aka Bruno Mars, Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta aka Lady Gaga, Reginald Kenneth Dwight aka Elton John, etc.
John Michael Nchekwube Obinna is no different.
Did you ask who that is? Well that is the popular John Obi Mikel you know!
So what’s the history of Mikel Obi? Let's see his profile.
Mikel Obi Biography
Mikel is a Nigerian footballer born on April 22, 1987 whch should put his age currently at 33.
John Michael Nchekube Obinna is Mikel Obi’s father, a former civil servant, while his mother’s name is Irosu Obi.
Although Mikel State of origin is Anambra, at the age of 15 he was that was playing top-flight football for Plateau United.
He had a brief spell in South Africa with Ajax Cape Town and gained global recognition in 2005 when he played in the FIFA World Youth Championship where he and his Nigerian teammates were beaten 2-1 in the final by Argentina.
Commentators misspelled his middle name continually as Mikel, instead of Michael and he decided to keep the new name; according to him, it had a special ring to it.
Manchester United And Chelsea Battle
Lyn Oslo had contacted Mikel's agents telling him that their services were no longer needed.
Rumors had it that the deal was concluded for 4 million pounds as John Mikel obi net worth then.
However, he had to change the port of registry in January 2006.
After which, Chelsea and Manchester rivals said that they had already agreed with Mikel and his agents.
His club then, Lyn Oslo, categorically denied that fact.
However, it became clear to all that Chelsea was the main reason for the player moving to Europe.
And later, in one of his matches, he impressed the Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
The famous player on May 11, 2005, went missing during a match against Klemetsrud in the Norwegian Cup; though he had not been selected for the match but was watching from the stands.
Mikel was believed to have left with one of his agents, called John Shittu.
His disappearance attracted massive media coverage in Norway as Lyn Oslo's director claimed that he had been kidnapped.
Also, these claims were later repeated by Man United’s assistant manager Carlos Queiroz, who accused Chelsea of being involved in the alleged kidnap.
After that incident, Mikel told Sky Sports News that he was pressurized into signing the contract with Man united, claiming that it was a breach by both Manchester United and Lyn Oslo.
The footballer also claimed that he had asked both clubs for a week to think about it, but they refused and the clubs pressured him in the contract signing without his advisors being present.
Because of these claims, it means that Manchester United had acted in breach of FIFA and FA rules.
Later the footballer told the British media that Chelsea was the club he genuinely wanted to sign up for.
After all these events, Man United made an official complaint to FIFA concerning the behavior of both Chelsea and the player’s agents, John Shittu and Rune Hauge.
FIFA replied to the complaint of Man United in August 2005 stating there was not sufficient evidence to bring a case against Chelsea.
While In Chelsea
This spectacular player Mikel, made his first start for Chelsea On September 12, 2006, in a UEFA Champions League match against Levski Sofia and took a powerful shot which the goalkeeper couldn’t save and Didier Drogba pounced on the rebound.
Because of his brilliant performance in that match, he received many positive comments.
But after being sent off in a match against Reading on 14th October 2006, he was fined on three different occasions by Chelsea for coming to training late.
It is believed that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, was having strong reservations about Mikel’s lifestyle outside of Stamford Bridge, and according to the club, they were considering offloading him.
Mikel was indeed dropped for over a month, during this period.
His father Michael voiced his concerns over his son’s behavior.
The player was recalled after improved punctuality and showing up at training sessions, for Chelsea’s Champions’ League group away match against German’s Werder Bremen on the 23rd November 2006.
Mikel scored his first-ever goal for Chelsea in their 6-1 FA Cup victory over Macclesfield Town on 6th January 2007.
He also scored a goal against Nottingham Forest in the following round of the competition.
And by the way, Mikel Obi earned £75,000 weekly salary in Chelsea at the time.
Mikel Obi's Super Eagles Career
Mikel made his first-ever international start in Nigeria’s final group game in a 2-1 victory over Senegal.
Obi has earned for himself five international caps and has scored one international goal as of February 7, 2007.
He began to play for the Nigerian national team in 2005.
While in 2013, he became part of the Nigerian national team going to the African Nations Cup and captained them to victory.
In the last World Cup in Russia in 2018, he was still the captain of the Nigerian Super Eagles.
John Mikel Obi Net Worth
During his contract with the Chinese football club in 2017, his net worth was more than $25 million.
Right now, Mikel obi investment and net worth are estimated at $61 million, with an annual salary of about $6 million.
These figures exclude the numerous brands he is affiliated with as a brand ambassador.
John Mikel Obi Cars
With such a standard of life and a huge sum of money in his account, it is only right for him to buy the kind of cars he wants.
So to adorn his garage in his mansions, he has some mouth-watering cars such as:
- The 2012 Mercedes Benz E-Class which is priced at $75,000 (₦ 27.3 million)
- Brand of Range Rover Sport which is valued at $60,895 (₦ 43.6 million)
- The 2010 Bentley Continental GT which is valued at $180,000 (₦ 82 Million)
- Nice looking Rolls Royce which is valued at $120,000
- A Mercedes-Benz G500 which is valued at ₦ 43.6 Million.
Also, there are rumour Mikel Obi has a private jet. In fact, it was reported that he and Davido bought their private jets on the same day.
Mikel Obi Wife And Age
Mikel Obi got married to Olga Dyachenko, a 34 years old beautiful Russian model, with several businesses coming from a rich father.
If you would like to see John Mikel Obi's wife's picture, you can see them on her Instagram account.
John Mikel obi’s wedding is blessed with two kids, Mia and Ava.
His twin girls were born in 2015, and none of them have Igbo or Russian names.
Many people ask who is the father of Mikel obi wife, if you are among them, then note that Mikel obi wife's father is Mr. Diyachenko, a Russian billionaire and business tycoon.
Mikel Obi Houses
It’s not strange to notice a football star of his kind having real estate properties in the fastest-growing cities in Africa.
This means that his choice of houses is completely understandable and justified.
Though Mikel Obi lives in London with his wife Olga Dyachenko, and their two kids, his London mansion is estimated to cost $6 million.
His building has a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, Home Cinema, Sports room, and a Spa
However, it would be quite absurd if he doesn’t have a home to call his own here in Nigeria.
So this famous footballer has mansions both in Lekki area of Lagos, Abuja, Jos, and London. Whether Mikel Obi has his own personal house in his village is not known for sure.
Some Interesting Facts From Mikel Obi Biography:
According to rumors, the midfielder had an extremely uncomfortable character.
And because of this, he was unable to play in the national team comfortably.
He had conflicts with Berti Vogts and Samson Siasia.
Although before retiring as the captain of the national team, he got along with the Nigerian head coach Gernot Rohr.
Olga Dyachenko who happens to be Mikel Obi's wife is the daughter of a Russian billionaire.
Before they married, they met in London when he was still playing for Chelsea Fc.
The couple, Mikel and Olga already have twin daughters Ava and Mia.
Though rumours had it that the midfielder has two more children from different women.
John Mikel obi’s current club is Stoke City and his contract with them ends in 2021. Meanwhile, Mikel Obi salary in Stoke City is £15,000 per week and £780,000 yearly.
Mikel Obi Biography In Brief
Full Name: John Michael Nchekwube Obinna, AKA John Obi Mikel, John Mikel Obi or Mikel John Obi
Date of Birth: Apr 22, 1987
Place of Birth: Jos Nigeria
Height: 1,88 m
Position: Midfielder – Defensive Midfield
Player Agent: John Shittu
Current club: Stoke City
Joined: 17 August 2020.
Contract until: 17 August 2021.
Social Media: Instagram, Twitter
Siblings: Patrick Tochukwu Obi, Ebere Obi
Parents: Michael Obi, Irosu Obi
Salary: 7.28 million GBP (2017)
Current Market Value: £4.95m Forum
Highest Market Value: £20.70m
This article was most recently revised and updated 8 months ago