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However, while he was an important member of a number of great Stamford Bridge teams, it will be one night that he may end up being remembered for most by Chelsea fans.
The Nigeria international was absolutely vital in their unlikely Champions League triumph in 2012, playing a starring role as Roberto Di Matteo guided the club to its title.
Mikel, who spent much of his time at Chelsea as a defensive midfielder while playing further forward for Nigeria, was asked to step up as a combined midfield destroyer and deep lying playmaker at the Allianz Arena.
Happy Birthday to Chelsea legend & former Nigeria Captain, John Obi Mikel! :tada:
The man did it all in the game! :heart_eyes: :flag_ng: pic.twitter.com/5pMhs8d2vS
- Bet9ja (@Bet9jaOfficial) April 22, 2021
With John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Raul Meireles and Ramires all ruled out of the game with suspensions, Mikel came in and more than compensated for their absence at exactly the time he was needed.
Up against a midfield including Toni Kroos, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thomas Muller in the middle, Mikel ran the show, both thwarting attacks from the trio and somehow finding the time to orchestrate Chelsea counter attacks.
Supporters have been remembering this epic performance this week, after the UEFA Champions League Twitter account shared highlights of Mikel's incredible showing.
:rewind: John Obi Mikel's key role in Chelsea's 2012 final victory :top:
:trophy: @mikel_john_obi #MondayMotivation ' @ChelseaFC ' #UCL pic.twitter.com/Cfuoi1diyD
- UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) April 26, 2021
Fellow hero on the night, Didier Drogba, who famously scored the last minute goal that took the game beyond 90 minutes and scored the winning penalty, clearly appreciated the work of his former teammate, posting the highlights with 'playmaker'.
Mikel himself will likely look back on the night as one of the peaks of his career, alongside helping Nigeria to their third African Cup of Nations in 2013 in international football.
Now plying his trade at Stoke City in the Championship, the midfielder has proven in his career that he can do it at the highest levelt as well as on a cold, rainy night in Stoke.
Fans certainly respect his achievements...
:sob::sob::sob: the most hard working midfielder in our team and the most underrated player in the history of Chelsea football club
- Jesus is the king :crown::crown: (@HarbeyTemitayo) April 26, 2021
I swear if that man had a better PR team he would've at least been UEFA's starting XI at any point of his career. His way of slowing down the tempo and always making the right pass was a beautiful thing to watch.
- MosiahT (@estimadomoe) April 27, 2021
Man played with so much calm, class, and confidence. Decently doing the work and helping the team. Criminally underrated by those who don't understand his role and effect . He deserves a never ending respect!
- Prince Tobiloba! (@damitobi) April 27, 2021
Nah, common Mikel was underrated by most of you lots. Man excelled at the DM even when he was naturally an AM. Mourinho single-handedly turned this bloke into an absolute Beast in the midfield. :muscle::large_blue_circle:
- (@iampeedeeterry) April 26, 2021
This was his best game in Chelsea colors. He was deeply underrated. Spent 10 seasons in London and never captained the team. Unsung Legend
- A.A.A (@Niyinficient) April 26, 2021
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