Football is one of those activities that connect millions of people all over the world. It’s therefore not surprising when people want to know the ages of their favorite footballers. How old is Mikel Obi? is one of the commonest questions asked by ardent football lovers.
Born John Michael Nchekwube Obinna in Jos, Nigeria on April 22, 1987, Mikel Obi is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays a midfielder for Chinese club Tianjin TEDA in the Chinese Super League and the Nigerian National Team.
John started his football career officially at the age of 12 when he was selected as a talented footballer from over 3,000 young talents in Pepsi Football Academy, a well-known team traveling across Nigeria to scout for young footballers with the potential to play professionally.
Having been picked as the best among other talented footballers, he played for top-rated club Plateau United. He made headlines for Nigeria at the FIFA Under-17 World Championships held in Finland. After the tournament, he went on a trial at South-African football club Ajax Cape Town, before signing with the Oslo-based club, Lyn Football in Norway.
As preparations for the 2003 FIFA Under-17 World Championships was underway, The Nigerian Football Association (NFA) mistakenly submitted his name as “Mikel” instead of “Michael”. He decided to use the name saying that it had a “special ring to it”. On 29th of April 2005, few days after he turned 18, Premier League club, Manchester United announced it had struck a deal to sign him.
However, its rival club, Chelsea, countered the claim by announcing they already had an agreement with Mikel and his agents. On June 2, 2006, Chelsea, Manchester United and Lyn reached an agreement to resolve Mikel’s future.
On September 12, 2006, Mikel Obi made his first appearance for Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League which earned him positive reviews from football critics and fans. He played for Chelsea FC for 10 years before moving to his current club Tianjin TEDA in 2017.
Question: How old is Mikel Obi?
Answer: He is 29 years old.