Mikel Obi Net Worth, Age, Biography & Career 2023

Mike Obi net worth and biography

What is Mikel Obi net worth?

Mikel Obi Net Worth:$60 Million
Born:April 22, 1987
Country of Origin:Nigeria
Role PlayingMidfielder
Source of Wealth:Football, Endorsements, Contracts
Martial StatusMarried

You could say that football players are overpaid, but Mikel deserves the pay. Mikel Obi is very successful and it is undeniable that many youths are working hard to be like him.

Mikel inspires many people not only the footballers but also everybody with a desire to succeed.

Well, keep scrolling to learn more about Mikel Obi’s net worth, football career, and his life outside his career. I am sure what you’ll find will make you envy his lifestyle.

Early Life

Mikel Obi was born on 22nd April 1987 in Jos, Plateau State in the northern part of Nigeria.

He is the son of Michael Obi, who runs an inter-state transport company in Jos.


Today, Mikel Obi is one of the richest football players in Africa, but how did he get there?

He started playing at the age of 12, Mikel was picked up then by the Pepsi Football Academy and selected to play for one of the Nigerian top clubs in Nigeria, the Plateau United.

He later joined an Oslo based football club, Lyn Football which was in Norway.

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 spelled 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 6 appearances scoring 1 goal.

He however came into limelight when he played very well in the 2005 World Cup Youth Championship.

Also in 2005, Mikel Obi was chosen on the squad to represent Nigeria in the FIFA World Youth Championship.

The team had an excellent run and got to the finals where they lost by 1 goal to the Argentina team (2-1).

Lionel Messi, who led Argentina, was made the best player of the tournament while Mikel Obi was placed at second best, and made African Player of the year, a crown he retained in 2006.

After the match, Man U and Chelsea were bidding to sign him and he went with Chelsea.

After a controversy surrounding his move to Manchester United from Lyn, Obi joined Chelsea F.C. in 2006 and obtained a work permit in June.

The controversy, which dragged into months, was only resolved when Chelsea offered Man. U. a settlement of £12 million and Lyn £4 million.

Obi’s first outing for Chelsea was in the 2006 UEFA Champions League match with Levski Sofia, a Bulgarian team.

In the 11 seasons, he stayed with the London club, the defensive midfielder scored 6 goals in 374 appearances.

The club also won 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 moved to Tianjin TEDA, a Chinese club, following Chelsea’s refusal to renew his contract. He has scored 2 goals so far for the club.

Mikel Obi announced his retirement from Super Eagles following the conclusion of the 2019 African Cup of Nations, AFCON, in Egypt. At the age of 35, Obi retires with honors for both clubs and his country.

Till date, Mikel Obi is one of the richest Nigerian footballers as his net worth speaks volume.

Mikel Obi Net Worth and Lifestyle

Mikel Obi net worth is currently estimated at $60 million.

This places him above other African footballers like Seydou Keita, Michael Essien, but not Didier Drogba.

The popular footballer who earns enormous income from football clubs and other businesses also owns a lot of real estate in expensive areas in this country.

He also has a fascinating collection of cars, which include:

  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class (valued at ₦27.3 million)
  • Mercedes-Benz G 500 (valued at ₦43.6 million)
  • Range Rover Sport (valued at ₦43.6 million)
  • Mercedes-Benz G Wagon (valued at ₦81 million)
  • Bentley Continental GT (valued at ₦82 million)

With the money he makes, the footballer has ventured into businesses and charity works.

John Mikel Obi has made his contributions to support the less privilege Nigerians survive during the lockdown amid COVID-19 crisis.

The former Super Legend captain who recently ended his contract with Turkish club Trabzonspor distributed 1,800 crates of eggs to some communities in the country.

Life Lessons from Obi Mikel

Rome was not built in a day and Steve Jobs did not start Apple in just one night. It is going to take a lot of effort and consistency to produce amazing results

Sometimes in life, lf you try your best and it doesn’t work out, keep trying. Nobody can win all the time.

In one of the powerful quotes by John Mikel Obi, he said; “Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.” – Mikel Obi

Sometimes you make more progress and learn more from losing and experiencing failure. Keep doing your best and do what you love

When you love what you do, you will do great work. Learn to accept your failures

You don’t have to feel frustrated or upset when you fail. It is just part of the cycle. You cannot have the sunshine every day.

Sometimes it will rain, sometimes it will be cloudy and sometimes the sun will shine up high. Things will come and go.

So, appreciate what you have right now and enjoy every moment, whether you are winning or losing.

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Conclusion On Mikel Obi Net Worth

Mikel Obi net worth today is estimated at roughly $60 million.

Mikel inspires very many people not only the footballers but also everybody with a desire to succeed.

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