Former Chelsea and Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi has revealed the struggles he went through on his way to the top.
Obi’s illustrious football journey has seen him excel at both club and international levels. He was a pivotal figure at Chelsea, Tianjin Teda, Trabzonspor, and Middlesbrough, amassing a collection of titles and individual honours.
However, it was not always smooth sailing for one of Nigeria's finest as the ex-Chelsea man recalled a time when he could not even afford football boots.
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Mikel Obi on his first football boots
"I couldn't afford football boots growing up," Mikel Obi said.
"My first pair of boots were given to me by a friend who really believed in me.
"He was a big inspiration for me growing up, he was from a rich family and he gave me a chance to do what I loved."
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