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Full name John Michael Nchekwube Obinna[1]
Date of birth 22 April 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth Jos, Nigeria
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[2][3][4]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information

Current team

middlesbrough
Youth career
2002–2004 Plateau United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Lyn 6 (1)
2006–2016 Chelsea 249 (1)
2019- middlesbrough 16 (1)
National team
2006– Nigeria 78 (5)
2016 Nigeria Olympic 6 (1)

Honours[show]

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 02:34, 18 August 2016 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of (21:37, 12 November 2016 (UTC))

John Michael Nchekwube Obinna (born 22 April 1987), variously known as John Obi MikelJohn Mikel Obi or Mikel John Obi, is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for english club middlesbrough in the championship and the Nigeria national team.

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  • 1Club career
    • 1.1Controversial transfer to England
      • 1.1.1Transfer resolved
    • 1.2Chelsea
      • 1.2.12006–07 season
      • 1.2.22007–08 season
      • 1.2.32008–09 season
      • 1.2.42009–10 season
      • 1.2.52010–11 season
      • 1.2.62011–12 season
      • 1.2.72012–13 season
      • 1.2.82013–14 season
      • 1.2.92014–15 season
      • 1.2.102015–16 season
      • 1.2.112016–17 season
    • 1.3Tianjin TEDA
  • 2International career
    • 2.12016 Summer Olympics
  • 3Career statistics
    • 3.1Club
    • 3.2International
  • 4Honours
  • 5Personal life
  • 6Notes
  • 7References
  • 8External links

Club career Edit

Mikel was born in Jos, Nigeria, as John Michael Nchekwube Obinna, the son of Michael Obi, who runs an inter-state transport company in Jos, the capital of Plateau State.[5] As his father was a member of the Igbo ethnic group,[6] "Nchekwube" means "hope" and "Obi" is a nickname for the Igbo name "Obinna" (meaning "Father's heart").[7]

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