The Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) took to their verified Twitter handle to extend warm birthday wishes to Joel Obi, the Super Eagles and Torino midfielder, as he marked his 27th birthday on Tuesday.
In a gesture that highlighted the global reach and inclusivity of the sport, FIFA not only recognized Joel Obi’s milestone but also conveyed birthday greetings to several other footballers, both past and present, celebrating their birthdays on the same day.
“Happy birthday to Joel Obi (27), Arturo Vidal (31), Cha Bumkun (65), and Paul Mariner (65),” FIFA tweeted, acknowledging the special day for these football personalities.
Obi’s football journey has seen him become an integral part of Nigeria’s national team since his debut in 2011, accumulating a tally of 15 appearances. Currently included in Gernot Rohr’s 30-man provisional squad for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup, Obi’s versatility and skills contribute significantly to the team’s midfield strength.
The midfielder boasts a career that spans significant stints with clubs like Inter Milan and a loan spell at Parma before he made his move to his current club, Torino. Notably, during his tenure at Inter Milan, he achieved remarkable success by securing titles like the Coppa Italia (2011), Supercoppa (2010), and FIFA Club World Cup (2010), adding to his accolades and experiences within the football realm.
FIFA’s recognition of Obi’s birthday underscores the international celebration of football talent, emphasizing the unity that the sport fosters across continents and generations of players.