John Michael Nchekwube Obinna Obi, professionally known as John Mikel Obi is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a defensive Mid-fielder for Stoke City. Mikel Obi was born on the 22nd of April 1987 in Jos, Nigeria. He hails from Anambra state, Eastern Nigeria but was brought up in Northern Nigeria.
|Real name||John Mikel Obi|
|Date of birth||22 April 1987|
|Country of Origin||Federal Republic of Nigeria|
|Source of Wealth||Football|
|Net worth||₦21,8 billion ($57 million)|
He was picked up at the age of 12 from over 3,000 at the Pepsi Football Academy, and a team well known for travelling around the country- Nigeria scouting for young footballers handpicked Mikel Obi, and from there he joined Plateau United.
Mikel Obi as he is popularly called began his football career with a local club called Plateau United, before moving on to join Lyn, a Norwegian club in 2004 at the age of 17. In 2006, he transferred to Chelsea amidst rumours from Manchester United that he had already been bought.
He played with Chelsea club for eleven years – 2016, before going on to join Tianjin TEDA in China in 2017. In 2019, he returned to England to play for Middlesbrough, and in July 2019, he joined Tranzonspor. In August 2020, he Mikel Obi moved back to England once again to join Stoke City.
In Nigeria today, John Mikel Obi is regarded as one of the richest footballers in Nigeria, and even in Africa he is widely recognized.
John Mikel Obi Net worth
As at 2017, when Mikel Obi was signed to a Chinese football club his Net worth was more than $25 million. He currently has a Net worth of $57 million, with an annual salary of $6 million. These figures exclude the numerous brands he is affiliated to as a brand ambassador.
He was a brand ambassador for Amstel Malta where he earned N800 million, alongside Nollywood star actress, Genevieve Nnaji. Before joining Amstel Malta, he was a brand ambassador for Peak and his deal then was worth N20 million and this deal with the Peak brand lasted for 2 years.
John Mike Obi Salary
On the 2nd of June 2006, Mikel was to be transferred from Lyn to Chelsea, while Manchester United agreed to terminate its contract with the player. Following this, Chelsea paid 12 million Euros to Manchester United in two halves, and to pay Lyn 4 million Euros
In 2017, his annual salary was valued at 7.28 million pounds, then upon joining Trabzonspor his earnings moved to 1.5 million pounds per season (N607 million) per season.
At the moment with his contract with his present club Stoke city, he earns $25 million annually, excluding endorsements.
John Mikel Obi Cars
When rolling in huge sums of money, it is only natural to want to buy cars that match such standard of life. And for a person, who has been in the game for over a decade, he has amassed a huge sum of money and it is only right he buys the kind of cars he wants.
To adorn his garage in his mansion homes, he has some mouth-watering cars like the 2012 Mercedes Benz E-Class priced at $75,000 (N27.3 million); a Range Rover Sport valued at $60,895 (N43.6 million); a 2010 Bentley Continental GT valued at $180,000 (N82 Million); a rumoured Rolls Royce; Mercedes-Benz G500 valued at N43.6 Million
John Mikel Obi Houses
Although Mikel Obi lives in London with his partner- Olga Dyachenko and his two children, it would be quite absurd not to have a home to call his own here in Nigeria. He has mansions in Lagos, Abuja, Jos, and London.
All of his houses are exquisitely designed and furnished to the best of designs and tastes.