Super Eagles midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has been candid about his childhood hero, saying it is former national team captain Mikel Obi. The PUNCH reports.

The Leicester City midfielder made the announcement on Thursday when he spoke on a Twitter space hosted by FanBants.

FanBants is a fantasy game platform where football fans compete against each other for bragging rights and cash prizes.

“Mike. Because of him, I always fought to get the number 12 jersey at the beginning of my career. I have tremendous respect for what he did for Chelsea and the Super Eagles. I’ve always looked up to him a lot.

“When he was at Chelsea I was with Nath Boys (as a youth player) and I have always liked him as a player. The way he plays is great. He was so important to Nigerian football,” said the Leicester City man. .

The former Genk midfielder, regarded as one of the best tacklers in the Premier League, has become a key player for both club and country.

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During the session, the 25-year-old Nigerian international also revealed how overwhelmed he was when Manchester United legend Paul Scholes labeled him the missing piece in the Red Devils squad.

With the Red Devils set to lose Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata in the summer, Scholes, who spent his entire professional career at United, said Ndidi would be a perfect replacement in the defensive role of new manager Erik ten. Hag.

“Leicester’s Wilfred still fits very well into the picture of what Manchester United are looking for, and with only two years left at Leicester, it will likely cost considerably less than the dazzling sums associated with him last summer.” Scholes, 47, told the Football Daily YouTube channel in June.

In response to the compliment, Ndidi said, “He (Scholes) is a legend to me. He has his opinion and I’m excited when a legend says good things about me. It was a confidence boost and I appreciated being noticed. But for me I just want to do my thing for my club and I’m looking forward to the new season.”

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Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer, FanBants, Fola Folowosele said: “We are delighted to bring fantasy football to the English Premier League, Champions League, World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations.

“These fantasy competitions are fun for the fans and come with instant gratification from weekly cash prizes. The Nigerian league is another option we want to explore in the future.”

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