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BREAKING: Mikel Obi Retires From Football

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Mikel Obi Retires From Football

By John Michael Ojo
Former Super Eagles captain and Chelsea legend, John Mikel Obi, has announced his retirement from professional football.

Mikel who enjoyed a  successful career both at the club and international levels made the announcement via his official Instagram account on Tuesday.

According to him, “There is a saying that ‘all good things must come to an end’, and for my professional football career, that day is today,” he stated.

The former Chelsea defensive-midfielder continued, “I look back at the past 20 years of my career, and I must say that I am very satisfied with all that I was able to achieve and more importantly the human it has helped shape.

“All of this would not have been possible without the unwavering support of my family, managers, clubs, coaches, teammates and most importantly my ever-loyal fans. You supported me through my highs and lows, even on days that I did not live up to your expectations. I say a big thank you.

“I will also like to encourage everyone who I may have inspired one way or the other in the course of my career to never give up on their dreams, for every time you think about quitting, remind yourself why you started.

“This is not goodbye, it’s the start of another journey, another chapter of my life. I look forward to what the future holds and I hope you will walk with me. Thank you,” he added.

READ ALSO: Mikel Obi Is Now Without Club After Sack In Kuwait

Mikel Obi began his football career with  Plateau United in Nigeria before joining Norwegian club, Lyn Oslo, at the age of 17 in 2004.

In 2005, he made a controversial transfer to English club Chelsea after Manchester United claimed they had already signed him.

During his 11-year stay at west London, he scored a total of six goals and 13 assists in 372 appearances.

The 35-year-old won two Premier League titles, three FA Cup trophies, the 2007 League Cup, the 2013 Europa League and  was part of the Chelsea team who won the Champions League trophy for the first time in 2012.

He also led the Super Eagles for  a successful campaign as they won the Africa Cup of Nations for the third time in 2013.

In 2020, Mikel made headline across media outlets in Turkey when he refused to play a match due to the coronavirus pandemic. This led to the termination of his contract by his club, Trabzonspor.

 

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Nigerian League Side Breaks Silence Over Alleged Link With Cristiano Ronaldo

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Nigerian League Side Breaks Silence Over Alleged Link With Cristiano Ronaldo

By John Michael Ojo
Lobi Stars Football Club has debunked the rumours making rounds that the club intends to seek the services of Cristiano Ronaldo after his contract was abruptly terminated by Manchester United on Tuesday.

The Portuguese international made headlines across multiple news outlets after he granted an explosive interview with British ice journalist, Piers Morgan wherein he criticized the management of the English club for lack of innovation since the departure of former head coach, Sir Alex Ferguson more than a decade ago.

With his exit from Old Trafford, the 37-year-old has now been linked to other clubs across the globe including a 14th tier English football league club AFC Crewe and also the Lobi Stars, currently playing in the top flight division of Nigeria league.

However, the reports linking Lobi Stars with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner did not sit well with the Nigerian club and they have now taken to micro-blogging platform, Twitter to denied such claims.

READ ALSO: Owners Of Manchester United Consider Sale Of Club After Ronaldo’s Departure

 

Lobi Stars in a statement made available to address the issue through the club’s official Twitter page on Wednesday night wrote :“LOBI STARS STATEMENT ON CRISTIANO RONALDO LINK

“Pls be informed that #WeAreLobi is yet to make any contact with representatives of #CristianoRonaldo following his release from @ManUtd.

“We wish him the best & #LobiStars will make no further comment on this,” the statement said.

 

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Owners Of Manchester United Consider Sale Of Club After Ronaldo’s Departure

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Owners Of Manchester United Consider Sale Of Club After Ronaldo's Departure

By John Michael Ojo
Following the explosive interview which led to the termination of Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract at Manchester United recently, the club’s American owners, the Glazer family have now disclosed their intention to sell off the Premier League side having  acquired the club 17 years ago.

Manchester United in a statement made available on Tuesday shortly after announcing the immediate departure of the former Real Madrid and Juventus forward, stated that they were considering “all strategic alternatives, including new investment into the club, a sale, or other transactions involving the company.”

Analysts have now disclosed that the Manchester  United who are also seeking a new star as a replacement for the Portugal international, could make around £5billion ($6 billion) from the sale of a club it spent £790 million to buy, largely with debt, in 2005.

READ ALSO: Ronaldo Sends Message To Manchester United New Manager

British billionaire and United fan, Jim Ratcliffe, is seen as a front runner for the club, which has fallen behind English rivals Liverpool and Manchester City in trophies won and stadium modernisation.

Ratcliffe, who owns the Ineos chemical group, expressed interest in buying United after his unsuccessful bid for another Premier League team, Chelsea, in May. The London club eventually went for a world-record £2.5billion.

Simon Chadwick, professor of sport and geopolitical economy at SKEMA Business School, said interest would likely also come from outside the United Kingdom.

“I can imagine that billionaires in South East Asia, from Malaysia or Indonesia where United have a lot of supporters, would be interested. That or a consortium of US investors,” he told AFP.

Chadwick added that the Glazers may believe the club has reached its peak value after Europe’s elite teams failed to win support for a Super League, and with United needing big investment.

“The Super League discussion will continue to rumble on, until it either happens or doesn’t, but these are harsh economic times and football is a high-cost industry,” he said.

READ ALSO: Manchester United Tipped To Hire Wayne Rooney As Manager

United’s “Old Trafford (stadium) needs massive investment. We have seen Real Madrid and Barcelona take action to modernise their stadiums and in England, look at Tottenham who are now in a position to also make revenue from NFL matches.”

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Saudi Arabia Humbles Messi-Led Argentina In A 2-1 Defeat

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Saudi Arabia Humbles Messi's Led Argentina In 2-1 Defeat

By John Michael Ojo
Saudi Arabia came from one goal behind to snatch victory from South American side, Argentina in their opening game at the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

The Argentines who  going into the encounter have been tipped to win the tournament dominated the first part of the game with a goal from the spot kick through Lionel Messi

However,  the South American team failed to maintain their tempo in the second half as the Saudi Arabia side surprisingly turned the game around immediately after the second half resumed with Saleh Alshehri’s goal, 48′, leveling up with Argentina and a stunning Saleh Aldawsari’s 53rd minute strike which sank Messi and his team.

READ ALSO: Why I Don’t Want Argentina To win World Cup – Messi’s Doctor

Saudi Arabia’s keeper, in a world-class performance, stalled all possible goals from the opposition up until the final whistle.

Argentina have their 30 games unbeaten run come to a shocking end by the middle eastern nation.

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