And so it came to pass that on the twenty-first day of September, 2013, John Obi Mikel scored a league goal for Chelsea Football Club.
It wasn't as fancy as the one he scored this summer against Uruguay, but this one truly counted. In the Premier League! At home! In front of the Matthew Harding. 184 matches scoreless no more!
That's it, the world is over. Pack your bags, head to high ground. MIKEL makes it 2-0. #CFC— Chelsea In America (@CFCInAmerica) September 21, 2013
"Prolific" - well done, Chelsea official Twitter guy!
'He scores when he wants', sing the fans, who urge Mikel to shoot every time he touches it. #CFCLive— Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) September 21, 2013
He scores when he waaaaaants...
Mourinho on Mikel scoring: 'Good for him, good for us. It's good for his confidence. He played well, giving balance to the team'. #CFC— Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) September 21, 2013
To be fair to José, he was probably more concerned about bracing for the Oscar-Mata questions ... while putting Jamie Redknapp back in his place.
Neil Barnett just went hugging and celebrating 'GOAL GOAL GOAL' with Mikel in the Chelsea TV interview. #CFC— Jason (@jayblues8) September 21, 2013
That's because Spy is awesome.
Aleluia!! My friend John Obi Mikel scored his first goal for Chelsea FC in 261 games. OMG!! #cfc— Juliano Belletti (@julianobelletti) September 21, 2013
Ever likable, that Belletti.
Oscar: "Mikel scored his first goal for Chelsea? I'm not surprised, he always scores in training. [laughs]"— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStats) September 21, 2013
"He's just like Fernando Torres," Oscar added later off the record.
Have you ever seen Gerrard win the league? No. Have you ever seen Mikel score a goal? Yes.— Dami (@TheChelseaWay) September 21, 2013
That's a bingo.
Mikel: "My team-mates have been going on about it, 'you keep scoring for the NT but not for #Chelsea', I'm really happy."— Frank Lampard UK (@FrankLampardUK) September 21, 2013
And that's why we love Mikel.
185 - No outfield player has made more appearances in the @premierleague before scoring their first goal than John Obi Mikel. Wait.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 21, 2013
I wonder who holds the record now...