Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi is now a don at Championship side, Middlesbrough where the fans are going ‘crazy’ for his amazing displays and have now labeled him Zidane of African Football.

Mikel gave another terrific display in  Middlesbrough's 1-0 away win over Blackburn Rovers in the English Championship on Sunday.

As recorded by football statistics website,, Mikel who played in a deep-lying role racked up two dribbles, made one tackle, struck one shot and had a pass success rate of ninety percent.

In all, Mikel made 63 touches, he had 52 passes attempted and 47 passes completed.

The performance by the 31-year old led to fans to describe Mikel as a “Rolls-Royce of a Midfielder” and “Zidane of Africa” on Twitter.

 Below are some of the tweets.

@MIDDLESBROUGH PAUL: To the untrained eye, Mikel Jon Obi (cheers lads @boro) looks like a lazy bastard who doesn’t break sweat. After a while you realise he’s just a million miles better than everyone else and doesn’t need to

@RIVERSIDEREDS: We got Mikel Jon obi Mikel I just don’t think you understand he’s Tony pulis man he’s the African Zidane we got Jon obi Mikel #utb Come on you Reds

 @Ryanboro99: Having John Obi Mikel is a cheat code in the Championship no midfielder can touch him

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 @moxiemyke: I need to watch Blackburn vs ‘Boro match, heard John Mikel Obi was a beast in the centre. ??Big man

 @Mr_kunlecole: ?????????? it’s like you haven’t been watching him at Arsenal lately.. Super eagles won’t get beyond the group stage at Afcon without Mikel..


 @LawObalum: Mikel Obi is using EPL experience to bully them in The Championship. ?? The African Zidane.

 @lordslim91: Mikel is miles and shoulders ahead of every player in the championship..He is like a cheat code

 @jjamesmarriott: John Obi Mikel playing CM for Boro is a thing of beauty. What an absolute player.

 Middlesbrough are fifth in the championship table with 54 points from 32 matches .


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