What a season it has been for John Obi Mikel as the 25 year-old midfielder won his second trophy of the season on Saturday as Chelsea took the Uefa Champions League in Munich.
Didier Drogba scored the decisive spot kick of the night as the Blues won 4-3 on penalties after regulation time ended 1-1.
Playing a yeoman role in the middle of the pack, Mikel was the anchor man as his side held up the Bayern attack on a night where they were mostly second best.
Mikel has now joined the enviable class of Nigerians to win the trophy, 17 years after Nwankwo Kanu and Finidi George won it with Ajax.
The Champions League title comes after Mikel won the English FA Cup with Chelsea two weeks ago.
Even though the season looked to be going bad for Mikel under former coach Andre Villas Boas, he has enjoyed resurgence under caretaker coach Roberto Di Matteo.
And while he was not called up into Stephen Keshi’s squad to play in Nigeria’s three qualification matches in June, Mikel will surely embrace the holiday with a chip on his shoulders.
All hail the champion of Europe.