10 Football Players With Exceptional Academic Brilliance (Photos)
Footballers are known to be good at what they do on the field which has brought them fame and fortune.
A couple of players have completed their degrees in various fields and even furthered into getting a masters to secure their future after retirement.
However, not all these stars have a bad reputation for neglecting their education and sometimes have nothing to fall back on.
Here are 6 footballers who are academically sound
The footballing genius of Brazilian legend Socrates makes him one of the best talents produced by South American nation.
Socrates of Corinthians and Brazil pic.twitter.com/GRk5WaM8Re
— The League Magazine (@Theleaguemag) October 2, 2017
The late midfielder had a bachelors degree in medicine while he was still playing and worked as a sports, economic and political writer for Brazilian newspapers.
2. Oliver Bierhoff
The former German international has a degree in Economics and is among the coaching staff of the national team.
— AS English (@English_AS) July 6, 2018
The ex-AC Milan striker is famously known as the first player that scored the first golden goal at the European championships at Wembley in 1996.
3. Edwin Van der Saar
The Dutch legend is now a marketing director and the CEO of the national team.
Edwin van der Sar, Şampiyonlar Ligi zaferini kutluyor. (1995) pic.twitter.com/dt6Amx04vw
— Fooball (@fooballnet) October 14, 2018
The ex-Manchester United shot-stopper has a masters degree in sports and brand management at the Johan Cruyff Institute.
4. Glenn Johnson
Johnson was at a time in his career making big summer money moves to different clubs in the Premier League
Glen Johnson to Barcelona?
That's what Friday's back pages are saying!
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) November 10, 2016
The former England international is good with figures and has enrolled at The Open University to do a degree in Maths.
5. Frank Lampard
The current Derby County manager is regarded among the most intelligent persons in the world’s population.
🎥 We spoke to a very proud Frank Lampard on Monday, after he was inducted into the Legends of Football hall of fame! https://t.co/K6bZC1q2OU
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 10, 2018
The former West Ham, Chelsea and Manchester City star reportedly scored over 150 in an IQ test with Mensa.
6. Giorgio Chiellini
The Juventus captain was a brilliant student in high school, passing all of his exams with ease.
Giorgio Chiellini's game stats against Poland:
A clean sheet
1 Shot (1 On target)
3 Aerials won
1 Key pass
76 Touches pic.twitter.com/ia6PTIasWE
— Forza Juventus (@ForzaJuve2017) October 15, 2018
The hard tackling defender went on to graduate in the University of Turin with a degree in business economic degree.
7. Simon Mignolet
The Liverpool goalkeeper is a business man who owns a coffee shop in Belgium and something to fall back on after his playing career.
Barcelona are among the clubs interested in signing Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, according to Sky sources.
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) July 31, 2018
The Belgian international also has a degree in law and political sciences which could earn him a white-collar job in future.
8. Andrey Arshavin
The former Russian star graduated from St Petersburg State University of Technology and Design.
Happy Birthday Andrey Arshavin! 🇷🇺
— Dugout (@Dugout) May 29, 2018
The ex-Arsenal midfielder studied clothing technology, and has launched his own clothing range in Russia.
9. Juan Mata
The Manchester United midfielder studied journalism at Universidad Politecnica e Madrid.
😈😱 Man Utd's top scorers currently at the club…
– Juan Mata: 41
– Anthony Martial: 38
– Marcus Rashford: 33
– Romelu Lukaku: 31
— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) October 15, 2018
The Spaniard is also currently studying sports science and has a degree in finance.
10. Romelu Lukaku
The Manchester United is a naturally gifted multi lingual and the languages he understands includes – English, Spanish, Dutch, French and Portuguese.
Manchester United and Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku has hinted he would like to play in Serie A in the future. pic.twitter.com/KGJNB87dHo
— SuperiorBet (@SuperiorBetNG) October 15, 2018
The six-foot-plus is also said to understand German and Swahili, as well as hold a degree in tourism and public relations.