Nigerian star player John Obi Mikel’s dad was kidnapped before the Argentina game
Nigeria exited the World Cup after a 2–1 defeat to Argentina .Leo Messi and Marcos Rojo scored for the Argentines, while Victor Moses scored a penalty for Nigeria.
John Obi Mikel was named the Super Eagles captain against Argentina and he played the 90 minutes for Nigeria against Argentina.
Obi Mikel also started both games against Iceland and Croatia in the previous World cup matches.
Demanded for Ransom
The kidnappers demanded money from the footballer, while also threatening to kill his dad if Obi Mikel leaked the news.
ESPN reported the following :
Mikel told ESPN that he received a call from the kidnappers four hours before kickoff and they demanded N10 Million ($28,000 US) for the safe return of his father, Pa Michael Obi.
He never told anyone in the Nigeria squad about his situation.