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Mikel Obi Gushes About His Daughters And Wife

 Nigerian footballer Mikel Obi with his spouse Olga Dyachenko and their two beautiful daughters Mia and Ava. @Istagram
John Michael Nchekwube Obinna is a 33-year old Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder. He was born & bred in a town in Jos, Plateau State on April 22, 1987, and as an Igbo, he is a native of Anambra State, which is located in Eastern Nigeria. Mr. Michael Obi, his father, was a businessman, who was into the transportation business. Mikel currently plays for Turkish club Trabzonspor. 


At the age of 17, Mikel then joined Lyn, a Norwegian club, in 2004. About 2 years later, the midfielder penned a deal with English club Chelsea, though the transfer was marred with controversy after Manchester United FC, which was then managed by Sir Alex Ferguson, claimed that they had already signed him.

Stamford Bridge: Mikel celebration the successful moment at Chelsea after winning the Premier League campaign
Mikel won a Premier League medal two-times with Chelsea, he stayed with the Blues for 11 years, after which he moved to China with Tianjin TEDA in the year 2017. After a 2-year stint in China, the erstwhile Super Eagles captain returned to England on a short-term deal with EFL Championship side Middlesbrough FC. 

In July 2019 when the African Cup of Nations came to an end, with Nigeria clinching the bronze medal, he retired from the national team. In the same month, he joined Trabzonspor on a free transfer. The 33-year old, in an international career that spanned 14 years (2005 – 2019), played 88 times for Nigeria and netted 6 times.

His name, Mikel, came about from a mistake that was made by the then Nigerian Football Association (NFA) (now called the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF), who had submitted that in lieu of his original name, Michael. The incident took place during the FIFA U-17 World Cup tournament in 2003, which was hosted by and held in Finland. Ever since then, the name, “Mikel”, stuck with him, with fans both in Nigeria and abroad calling him that. 

Mikel Obi in action palying for Trabzonspor — a Turkish sports club
He was voted the 2nd best player after Lionel Messi (a key player in the winning team), and he was awarded a silver ball. After that match, Chelsea and Manchester United were bidding for him to join their team. It was then announced that John Mikel Obi had joined Man United after the EPL outfit inked a deal with Lyn.

In June 2019, he captained the Super Eagles in the African Nations Cup in Egypt, where Nigeria came third. The third-place play-off against Tunisia, which Nigeria won by a lone goal, proved the final game of Mikel’s international career. In July 2019, he moved to Trabzonspor, a Turkish sports club on a free transfer, where he reportedly earns €1.5m (₦607m) per season.

Net worth & Salary

You must have asked the question, what is Mikel Obi net worth? Mikel is among Nigeria’s most successful footballers, with an estimated net worth of around $60 million. He owns an array of properties and cars in Nigeria and England and that’s why buying luxury cars is never a problem for this football player. 

He further adds tremendous value to his bank balance via different endorsing brands with Samsung, Pepsi, and many other sports brands. The successful footballer has a 5-year deal with Amstel Malta, which is worth ₦800 million and had a 1-year contract with Peak Milk, which was valued at ₦20 million.

Mikel Obi ranked 7th chasing the top wealthiest African footballers like Didier Drogba (2nd) and Samuel Eto’o (1st). The Ivorian forward Didier Drogba has a total net worth of around $90 million, while Samuel Eto’o reaches up to $95 million. According to our latest reports, the Nigerian footballer has an estimated net worth of $30 million, equivalent to ₦11 billion.


Mikel Obi got married to Olga Diyachenko, a Russian model, and the couple is blessed with 2 kids, Mia and Ava. The twin girls were born in 2015 and didn’t have Igbo or Russian names. Olga explained the reason why they have adopted the universal alias 'because they were global citizens'. Olga said they decided which tradition to follow, either Russian, British where they were born, or Nigerian.

Mikel and his spouse first met each other in London and started dating since then in 2013. Olga Dyachenko is the daughter of Mr. Dyachenko, who is a Russian billionaire and business tycoon. Olga Diyachenko revealed on social media, how she met a football star and started dating. In a live Instagram video, she explained how it all started. Olga said she met Mikel when he visited a house close to where she lived in her parents' neighborhood. 

Mikel Obi holding his daughters Ava and Mia on the shoulders. @Instagram
“Mikel used to be my neighbor. We lived there for 5 years. As my parents were leaving the flat, I dropped off the keys at his flat and that was how we met and started off as friends and then grew into lovers. it was never a magical love story because we were neighbors for 5 years but we never met until I went to drop off the keys when my parents were about to leave the apartment”.

When asked whether she watches Nollywood movies, Olga said “I don’t watch Nollywood movies. Mikel watches a lot of Nigerian movies. I don’t watch them. I love listening to Nigerian music. They have nice beats”.

She said she supported Mikel and Nigeria during the 2018 world cup in Russia. The 29-year-old midfielder has been at Stamford Bridge since 2006, and featured in 23 Premier League games last campaign.The Chelsea midfielder has played 249 times for Chelsea, scoring once in a 2-0 home win against Fulham in 2013. 


Footballers are known to spend huge sums of money to buy classy cars, which are perhaps their most expensive and glamorous purchases and African footballers are no exceptions. Former Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o wins the number one spot to lead this expensive list of cars driven by African footballers. He has a fascinating collection of cars, which include Bentley Continental GT, Range Rover, Black Mercedes. Let’s look at Mikel’s cars and their cost briefly:

Mercedes-Benz E-Class (valued at ₦27.3 million): This could be the first luxury car Mikel Obi acquired in 2012.

Mercedes-Benz G 500 (valued at ₦43.6 million):  Mercedes-Benz G500 has a classic design, marked with solidity and reliability. Its estimated price is $119,900 (₦43.6 million)

Range Rover Sport (valued at ₦43.6 million): This is another car acquired by the football star.

Mercedes-Benz G Wagon (valued at ₦81 million): The G-Wagon is a legend from Mercedes-Benz, worth $222,700 (about ₦81 million). Built with powerful accessories, it is an SUV and is among the most favoured vehicles all over the world.

Bentley Continental GT (valued at ₦82 million): This luxury car is developed based on Rolls-Royce chassis. It has enough room to take up to 4 passengers with spacious legroom and comes with a seat arrangement that is similar to a sports car.

Mikel is one of the top7 African footballers who owned the most expensive cars.

Ever since other cars were imported to his garage, people don’t see Mikel driving this E-Class so often. His SUV, needless to say, is one of the most favored vehicles in the world. The car contains full power accessories, multimedia system, climate control, cruise control and an automatic traction control system. 

Bentley Continental GT – this one is probably the most generous investment of this star to automobiles. Developed based on Rolls-Royce chassis, the 2-door Gran Turismo coupe can be recognized by passers-by in milliseconds. The car can accommodate 4 passengers with spacious leg room with the seat arrangement similar to a sports car.

Well, trusted sources reveal that before this Nigerian football star was in relationship with Olga, he had secretly had 2 children with another woman. The couple had a 7-year-old son and a 4-year-old daughter together but the woman decided to keep a low profile as long as Mikel Obi provides for his children.

Mikel Obi and his family @Twitter
Overall, John Obi Mikel is a talented Nigerian and responsible man to his family. Of course, he doesn’t forget to care for himself, by investing quite a good few into the luxury fleet and properties. Whatever opinion you may have on this man, please give a salutation hats-off for his football talent.

In 2018 Olga Diyachenko reacted to some reports that her husband neglects his father and family. According to the reports, Chief Michael Obi, the father of the professional footballer had claimed that he hadn’t spoken nor physically seen his son for over 5 years. These alleged rumors sparkled some waves of criticism and pondering toward the footballer.

In the picture: Mia and Ava
But Olga responds to the fans on Instagram revealing that the Chelsea star indeed does care and renders help to his family. One fan had insistently said, ”Beautiful queen, please tell your husband to help his family members and answer his father’s calls. Thanks.” Olga, responded, ”He does.” However, later his father said his son Mikel has been communicating with his mother but not with him.

Mike Obi was also fingered in sprawlingly love affairs and breakups: According to some sources, Mikel has been romantically linked with a number of girls in the past, such as Sandra Akagbue, Genevieve Nnaji, and Rita Dominic.  Sandra Akagbue is a Nigerian Delta Soap Queen, who is also a model and an entrepreneur. 

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