Chelsea and Super Eagles legend, John Mikel Obi has bragged that he is still the most successful and decorated football player in Nigeria.
Speaking in the latest episode of his podcast, The Obi One, which had Osimhen as a guest, Mikel said despite all his achievements he was never ranked number 8 in the world by the Ballon d’Or like the Napoli striker.
According to him, Osimhen, in viral video, has raised the bar high for Nigerian footballers.
“I am still the most successful and decorated football player in Nigeria. But he [Victor Osimhen] got an award that I never got. He was ranked number 8 in the world by Ballon d’Or. That’s absolutely amazing. I must say congratulations. The season you had, it was fantastic and I never got to that stage. You’ve raised the bar so high.”
In response, Osimhen pays tribute to Mikel, acknowledging him as more than a legend in the eyes of many Nigerian footballers. He highlights Mikel’s inspirational impact both on and off the pitch, not only for himself but for others as well.
Reflecting on his Ballon d’Or success, the Napoli striker expressed his commitment to continue doing what he loves, emphasizing that God has blessed and acknowledged his efforts.
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Milkel Obi, who had an illustrious career both at club and international levels reaffirmed his achievements and contributions in the interview with Osimhen.
As one of the greatest to ever play the game from Nigeria, the defensive midfielder’s career path included a stint at Premier League side Chelsea football club.
It was with the Blues that Obi won most of his club honours, domestic and international as the Blues won all domestic and European titles during his time at Stamford Bridge.
Also, his leadership skills were on display as he led by example as he rose to captain the Super Eagles, with whom he won the AFCON in 2013.