Former Chelsea and Nigerian defensive midfielder Mikel John Obi was asked some questions in an interview with host Rio Ferdinand, Joel Beya and Harry Pinero. Mikel John Obi played for several clubs in his senior career, like Lyn, Chelsea, Tianjin, Middlesbrough, Trabzonsor, and Stoke City and retired at Kuwait SC in 2021. He joined Chelsea in 2006, making 249 appearances until 2017.
He was asked the best player he played against in the Premier League, and he said Steven Gerrard. ” Stevie G was physically strong, and it was tough to get the ball when he had it. He knew also how to find the space in the pitch, and he was swift. When you lose him, it was done; he could shoot the ball with his left or right. Also, the partnership with him and Torres was so good at Liverpool.”
When asked about the best player he played against beyond the Premier League. He went on to compare against Ronaldo and Messi. ” Messi is the guy. When we went against Man United Ashley Cole would deal with Cristiano. Against Barcelona, training the whole week was just about Messi. You had to have two to three players with him. You can’t go 1V1 against Messi; it’s impossible, it’s impossible! When he gets the ball, everybody is running. He is like from another planet. I don’t see the comparison with Cristiano Ronaldo, to be honest. The game plan was to kick him ’cause you can’t take the ball from him.”