In a bid to celebrate the International Youth Day, Super Eagles Captain, John Mikel Obi on Saturday shared a throwback photo of when he was young and sign his first contract with the Blues.
International Youth Day is an awareness day designated by the United Nations. The purpose of the day is to draw attention to a given set of cultural and legal issues surrounding youth. The first IYD was observed on 12 August, 2000.
Mikel took to his official twitter handle to share photo of his youthful days with Chelsea, urging youths to remember to work hard and they will achieve their dreams.
The tweet reads;
“It’s International #YouthDay! Remember, work hard and your dreams can come true… trust me! @UN4Youth”
On 19 July 2006, Chelsea were granted a work permit for the midfielder after they completed the £16 million signing in June 2006.
The midfielder arrived at Chelsea as the teenager who had already signed for Manchester United – but left as a key man of the club’s greatest nights.
Mikel left Chelsea to join Chinese Super League side Tianjin TEDA. Spent 10-and-a-half years at the club after arrival in unusual circumstances
He was a key man in Chelsea successes including Champions League win in Munich. The Super Eagles’ captain devoted the best part of his career to an unsung role at Stamford Bridge.
More than a decade on and, with two Premier League titles, four FA Cups and a Champions League win under his belt, Mikel’s time at Stamford Bridge certainly had value – even if he perhaps did not fulfil his potential in the way some expected.
JOHN MIKEL OBI’S CHELSEA HONOURS
Premier League: 2009-10, 2014-15
FA Cup: 2006-07, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2011-12
League Cup: 2006-07, 2014-15
Champions League: 2011-12
Europa League: 2012-13
Community Shield: 2009