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Dribbling Against Ronaldinho Earned Me Respect - Former Nigeria Captain

Former Chelsea midfielder, John Mikel Obi reveals how he earned John Terry’s respect during their time at the English club.

Mikel Obi and the England legend were teammates at Chelsea, where they won many major titles, including a UEFA Champions League title in 2012.

Mikel joined Chelsea from a Norwegian club Lyn, shortly after helping Nigeria’s Flying Eagles win a Silver medal at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2005. Then, he wasn’t an integral part of the Chelsea’s starting XI, as he always starts from the bench.

What Mikel Obi said about his time with England legend John Terry

Speaking on The Obi One Podcast as quoted by Daily Post, the retired Nigerian footballer said he earned his respect by then Chelsea Captain John Terry after his performances in a club friendly game against AC Milan in 2009.

“I think it was in the United States we were playing a friendly game against AC Milan [in 2009] and I was feeling the game. I was getting the ball, I was tearing, I was making the passes, everything was going well and I was getting the ball from the keeper like next to the 18-yard box, I was dribbling past the likes of Ronaldinho,” the former Stoke City midfielder said.

“JT [John Terry] came up to me and said, ‘mate I think that’s enough now, you’ve had your turn, play simple now’, and I was thinking why he would say that to me because I was in the zone.”

He continues, “After the game I came up to him, I was like but why will you say that to me and he said, ‘I was trying to look after you because you do this and you keep doing, it takes one, gets in, goal, and I know you are going to start the season because of the way you’ve been playing in pre-season’”.

According to the Nigerian, that season happened to be his best under manager Carlo Ancelotti, as he has enough game time.

“That was probably one of my best seasons under Carlo Ancelotti. Until I got injured I was playing literally every game and that was when we won the double.”

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