John Obi Mikel and Fabian Delph - two great midfielders who marked an era of the Premier League decided to say goodbye to football on the same day. Mikel spent most of his career at Chelsea, where he made 372 appearances. This Nigerian has won many trophies and left a big mark in the Premier League.
Mikel also sent a message via Instagram regarding his farewell. He is happy because of the great career he had, but he didn't forger to thank all those who have been his support from the very beginning. "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." - Mikel wrote on Instagram.
Obi Mikel and his career
It is still unknown whether Mikel will continue his career as a coach or will have another role in football. He doesn't have a specific plan for now, but we have no doubt that he will think it over.
"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." Fabian Delph also wrote a farewell message. He praised everyone who was with him. Delph is also happy about the career he had and will never forget his successes in the Premier League.
"So today I announce my retirement with nothing but happiness and gratitude for what this beautiful game has given me.
"Massive shout out to my family, friends, players and staff from the amazing clubs I have been fortunate enough to represent as well as the support I have had from the fans."