Biography of John Mikel Obi, Net Worth, Wife, Investments and Family
When the name Mikel Obi comes to mind we remember an African and Nigerian football Legend.
Although Football isn’t an area of speciality for Nigerians, we have so far had lots of legends who has made big names in the globally football pitch.
The likes of Jay-Jay Okocha, Kanu Nwonko, Peter Odemwingie, Obafemi Martins. John Michael Nchekwube Obinna, popularly known as Mikel Obi, falls in same category of Nigerian stars.
Quick Facts About Mikel Obi
State Of Origin: Born in Jos, Northern, Nigeria
Date of birth: April 22, 1987
Name of Wife: Olga Diyachenko
Number of Children: Two
Current Net Worth: £30m
Place Of living: Russia
Mikel was born in Jos, Nigeria on April 22, 1987. He had his primary school education at Jos Metropolis Township Primary School where he found his passion for kicking balls. At age 12, his skills selected by the Pepsi Football Academy. His first official football team was the Plateau United.
Mikel joined the U-17 team of Nigeria and participated in the FIFA World Championship hosted by Finland. When the names of players were sent by NFA (Nigerian Football Association) to FIFA, Michael’s name was wrongly spelt as Mikel. This led to his accepting the name as his football name. His amazing skills at the tournament saw him joining Lyn Football, a club based in Oslo, Norway. He played on the team for two years (2004- 2006) and made six appearances scoring one goal.
In 2005, Mikel Obi was on the list to represent Nigeria in the FIFA World Youth Championship. The team had an excellent run and got to the finals where the lost by one goal to the Argentinean team (2-1). Courtesy to Messi, who led Argentinean team, where he was named the best player of the tournament while Mikel Obi was second best.
In the Same year Mikel also won the African Player of the year, a crown he held in 2006.
After a controversy clouding his transfer to Manchester United from Lyn, Obi joined Chelsea F.C. in 2006.
In 2006, Obi made his debut for Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League match with Levski Sofia, a Bulgarian team. In the 11 seasons, with the London side, the defensive midfielder scored six goals in 374 appearances. Helping them win nine trophies during the period, including the 2011- 2012 UEFA Champions League title and the 2012- 2013 UEFA Europa League title. In 2007 and 2008, he was named Chelsea Young Player of the year.
In January 2017, Mikel had to move to Tianjin TEDA, a Chinese club, after Chelsea’s refusal to renew his contract. From there, he joined Middlesbrough in England on a short-term deal before signing for Trabzonspor in Turkey.
His dad, Michael Obi dad, Michael Obi was a civil servant and upon retirement, want into a transport company. His mum, Irosu Obi, is a businesswoman.
Ebere Obi and Patrick Obi are Mikel’s elder and younger brothers respectively.
Mikel obi wife picture and kids
The names of Mikel Obi’s wife is Olga Diyachenko.
Currently, Mikel has twin daughters, Ava and Mia Obi, with his wife/partner, Olga Diyachenko , whom he met in 2013. Olga, a Russian businesswoman, gave birth to the girls in September 2015.
Mikel Obi Net Worth
Back in Chelsea, John Michael Obi was earning about £82,000 weekly. He was earning more in Tianjin TEDA F.C., up to a tune of £140,000.
According to a reliable source, Mikel Obi Net Worth is estimated at over £30m.
Mikel Obi Investment
He a mansion in London and real estate in some major cities in Nigeria. He recently acquired a 2010 Bentley Continental GT, Range Rover Sport and 2012 Mercedes Benz E-Class