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John Obi Mikel

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Mikel John Obi (born John Michael Nchekwube Obinna; 22 April 1987) is a Nigerian former professional footballer who played as a defensive midfielder. Mikel began his career with local club Plateau United, before joining Norwegian club Lyn at the age of 17 in 2004. In 2006, he made a controversial transfer to English club Chelsea after Manchester United claimed they had already signed him. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Obi Mikel has received more than 3,061,772 page views. His biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 58 in 2019). John Obi Mikel is the 5,464th most popular soccer player (down from 3,381st in 2019), the 71st most popular biography from Nigeria (down from 38th in 2019) and the 25th most popular Nigerian Soccer Player.

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  • 61

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  • 2.99

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  • 6.02

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among soccer players, John Obi Mikel ranks 5,464 out of 16,880Before him are Aleksandr Uvarov, Matteo Ferrari, Adrián López, Isidoro San José, Remko Pasveer, and Akwá. After him are Pedro Monzón, Angelo Ogbonna, Ryoichi Kawakatsu, Marcelo Bordon, Javier de Pedro, and Carlos Sánchez.

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Among people born in 1987, John Obi Mikel ranks 203Before him are Skin Diamond, Kévin Constant, Darin Zanyar, Maria Kirilenko, Jonathan de Guzmán, and Chelsea Manning. After him are Oksana Akinshina, Brooklyn Decker, Tamzin Merchant, William Moseley, Charlotte Kalla, and Rein Taaramäe.

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Among people born in Nigeria, John Obi Mikel ranks 71 out of 236Before him are Celestine Babayaro (1978), Hauwa Ibrahim (1968), Michael Obiku (1968), Kalu Uche (1982), Victor Osimhen (1998), and Mohammed Yusuf (1970). After him are Emmanuel Olisadebe (1978), Joseph Yobo (1980), Emmanuel Emenike (1987), John Utaka (1982), Wilfred Agbonavbare (1966), and Yakubu (1982).


Among soccer players born in Nigeria, John Obi Mikel ranks 25Before him are Ahmed Musa (1992), Odion Ighalo (1989), Celestine Babayaro (1978), Michael Obiku (1968), Kalu Uche (1982), and Victor Osimhen (1998). After him are Emmanuel Olisadebe (1978), Joseph Yobo (1980), Emmanuel Emenike (1987), John Utaka (1982), Wilfred Agbonavbare (1966), and Yakubu (1982).

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