John Obi Mikel makes a mistake and his own fans hurl racist abuse at him.
Frank Lampard appoints himself as an attacking midfielder when he's meant to play as a pivot? Oh no, give him a new contract!
It's so frustrating that in Mikel's greatest individual achievement to date, CAF somehow give Jonathan Pitroipa the Africa Cup of Nations MVP.
If Pitroipa scored a hat-trick as Burkina Faso hoist up the trophy, okay, give him the award—but they didn't.
Who was the MOTM in the final? John Obi.
He showed flashes of the Mikel that took home the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship Silver Ball ahead of Falcao, Cesc Fabregas, Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Rene Adler, Matías Fernandez, Johan Vonlanthen, Freddy Adu and others.
Mikel accomplished this whilst playing as a No. 10.
At the AFCON, he wasn't a No. 10, nor was he the deepest lying midfielder, since that role went to Ogenyi Onazi.
At times, Mikel seemed a bit box-to-box, and he definitely was given more freedom to ping a few incisive long-balls, rather than make the "safe" pass as he's been forced to do with the Blues.
Throughout the tournament, he marshaled the Super Eagles' midfield, and was easily the premier player on the field every game he played.
The only other footballer that separated himself from the rest of the field in such an emphatic way was Seydou Keita.
I'm not even a Mikel supporter because Chelsea can easily solve their midfield problems: buy Kevin Strootman and Morgan Schneiderlin or any other of the countless world-class ball-winners around Europe.
Chelsea management's inability to understand what the role of the two pivots are enable opposing teams to gut the Blues straight through the middle every week.
Also, since the club spent £125.5 million on a front four, why do they need their two holding midfielders to provide attacking flair?