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Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Mikel Obi Names Two Football Stars That Helped His Career

Nigerian midfielder, John Obi Mikel has revealed his hero and two players who helped inspire his football career.

Mikel has said his hero is former Real Madrid Coach Zinedine Zidane and Super Eagles legends Austin Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu were the two stars that inspired him as a teenage footballer.

The 31-year-old didn't feature for Nigeria recently against Seychelles and Liberia due to an injury.

“As a young player, I drew so much inspiration from two of the best stars Nigeria ever produced,” Mikel was quoted by The Nation as saying.

“I grew up looking up to (Nwankwo) Kanu and (Austin) Jay Jay Okocha. I enjoyed watching them play for their respective club sides.

“More importantly, their exploits in the national team really thrilled me. In their later years, I played in the Super Eagles with them.

“They were highly motivating to me. But on the global stage, Zinedine Zidane was my all-time hero.”

Mikel currently plays in the Chinese Super League for Tianjin Teda.

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