By Richard Animam
Nigeriaâ€™sÂ John Mikel Obi, hit the headlinesÂ Â at the FIFA Under-17 World Championships Â Â Â Â held in Finland. After a brief spell in South Africa with Ajax Cape Town, Mikel gained global recognition in 2005 by starring at the FIFA World Youth Championship where Nigeria beat all opponents and made it to the final but lost to Argentina by 2â€“1.
Obi won the Silver Ball after being voted the tournamentâ€™s second best player.Â Few days after Mikel turned 18, English Premier League side Manchester United announced that it had struck a deal with Lyn Oslo to sign the player.
The deal was initially worth Â£4m and would see the player arrive at Old Trafford in January 2006. Rival Premier League side, Chelsea, later issued a counter-claim suggesting that they already had an agreement with Mikel and his agents.
The issue was resolved and today, the former Plateau United player has put that horror behind and has made fame and fortune, living a lifestyle that many can only dream of.
The Chelsea midfielder lives in expensive mansion in London and a fleet of cars to show for his success. His favourite been the BMW X5 latest edition.