In a recent podcast with Victor Osimhen on Monday evening, former Super Eagles player Mikel Obi asserted himself as the most decorated Nigerian footballer, setting off a fervent discussion among fans.
Obi, listing an impressive array of achievements, pointed to his victories in the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, 4 FA Cups, an Olympic Bronze Medal, 2 English Premier League titles, AFCON 2013, 2 Carabao Cups, Community Shield, and the 2005 Under 20 World Cup silver ball (second only to Lionel Messi).
The declaration, however, has divided Nigerian football enthusiasts, with some supporting Mikel Obi’s claim and others standing firmly behind the 47-year-old legend, Nwankwo Kanu. Kanu’s own illustrious career spans victories in the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup, 3 FA Cups, an Olympic Gold Medal, 2 English Premier League titles, 3 Dutch Eredivisie titles, 1 Nigerian Premier League title, 1 U17 World Cup, and 2 African Footballer of the Year awards.
Notably, Kanu Nwankwo holds the unique distinction of winning the African Footballer of the Year award twice during his playing years, a recognition that eluded Mikel Obi despite his extensive list of accomplishments.