Super Eagles star Mikel Obi has revealed his secret wish to be a bigger star than his childhood hero David Beckham. Beckham’s popularity has gone beyond the sport and has thus fetched the ex-Manchester United icon lucrative endorsement deals and sponsorships.
The Chelsea revealed that he is therefore thrilled he will come face-to-face with the former England star when Chelsea tackle Major League Soccer (MLS) All Stars in a pre-season game on Wednesday in Philadelphia.
“Our training is going very well and to now come face-to-face against one of the players I respect a lot in the world, David Beckham, will be one of the highlights of my pre-season here in USA,” said Mikel, who like Beckham has the charisma and has already endorsed several brands and products in Nigeria.
“He was one of the players I adored when I was growing up, he has done well for himself and England. I am doing my best to be bigger than Beckham now. “I have played with and against other stars, but I am thrilled I am facing Beckham.”
On the game itself, Mikel said it would be tough litmus test for the European champions as the manager is doing his best to put the team together after the arrival of several new signings.