Former Super Eagles Captain John Mikel Obi announced his retirement from professional football on Tuesday.
The 35-year-old took to his social media account to inform his followers of his decision to hang his boots after over 20 years of playing active football.
"There is a saying that all good things must come to an end and for my professional football career, that day is today.
"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."
Mikel Obi enjoyed a sterling career, winning numerous trophies, including the Uefa Champions League, Europa League, Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, and Africa Cup of Nations trophy.
He rose to prominence in 2005 with his eye-catching performances for Nigeria’s U-20 team, leading them to the final of the FIFA U-20 World Cup in the Netherlands before they lost to Lionel Messi-inspired Argentina team.
He was also a subject of an intense transfer battle between Manchester United and Chelsea before he finally ended up at Stamford Bridge.
Mikel made a total of 91 appearances for the Super Eagles, scoring six goals.
He was part of the Super Eagles team at the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and Russia, respectively.