JOHN MIKEL OBI: SUCCESS IN SOCCER


John Mikel Obi as he is popularly referred to is a professional Nigerian footballer. He plays as a midfielder for the English club Chelsea and he also plays for the Nigeria national team.
He was born in Jos, Plateau State Nigeria and was he started his official football career at the age of 12 when picked as a talented footballer from over 3,000 young talents to play in Pepsi Football Academy, a team that at the time was well known for travelling across Nigeria scouting young footballers with the potential to play professionally. Obi stood out to scouts and was later picked to play for top-flight club Plateau United, a side that had previously developed stars like Celestine Babayaro, Victor Obinna and Chris Obodo, among others, that went on to succeed in European leagues. 
The FIFA under 17 world cup paved way for the star after which he joined an Oslo based football club, Lyn in Norway.

In the summer of 2005, Mikel played for Nigeria at the FIFA World Youth Championships held in the Netherlands. He had an excellent tournament until Nigeria reached the final, where they lost 2–1 to Argentina. Obi won the Silver Ball after being voted the tournament's second-best player.
On 19 July 2006, Chelsea football club was granted a work permit for the midfielder after they completed the £16 million signing in June 2006 after series of controversies. He still plays for the football team till date.

Aside from making £75,000 weekly from his football club, he is also a brand ambassador for Amstel Malta with a 800million naira endorsement deal, he is also a brand ambassador for Pepsi and Samsung.
It is obvious that Obi has a successful career and he is still making his empire a bigger one.