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Top 12 Most Educated Footballers Ever

Top 12 Most Educated Footballers Ever
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Top 12 Most Educated Footballers Ever – Did you know that some players are academically bright? People still doubt if players hold degrees.

Do any footballers have degrees? A player’s professional career begins at a very young age. There are many players who left their academic education at the school level. However, some players over the years were able to go on and complete their academic degrees despite the fact that they do not need any formal academic education to become a professional footballer.

Some footballers study while playing football to expand their knowledge in football while others prepare for life after retiring from football.

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The late Dutch and Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff once quoted; “You play football with your head, and your legs are there to help you.” His quotes convey more than just about playing football in the field of play.

We all know the career span of a professional football is short lived. Many professional footballers retire around 35 years of age. So what next after then? As such footballers need to be academically educated which today we have seen many dive into punditry, football coaches or managing a football club.

We at BraggsSports after thorough research will list down the Top 12 Most Educated Footballers Ever which consist mostly of players who went far academically.

Most Educated Footballers in the World

1. Sócrates Vieira de Oliveira (PhD in Medicine)

Simply known as Sócrates, one of our Top 12 Most Educated Footballers Ever was a Brazilian footballer who played as a midfielder. His medical degree and his political awareness, combined with style and quality of his play, earned him the nickname “Doctor Socrates“.

He obtained his Medical Degree during his playing career before obtaining his PhD in the same field after his retirement in 1989.

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2. Felix Owolabi Akinloye (PhD in Physical Education)

Our second amongst the Top 12 Most Educated Footballers Ever is the Nigerian legend Felix Owolabi Akinloye.

Felix Owolabi obrained his PhD Degree in Physical Education from from the University of Ibadan where he played much of his professional football career.

He represented Nigeria at the 1978 African Cup of Nations and at the 1980 Summer Olympics.

Felix Owolabi was part of the team that finished third place at the 1978 African Cup of the Nations. He won the 1980 African Cup of Nations.

3. Patrick Henri Mboma (Double Masters Degree In Mathematics and Coaching)

The retired Cameroon international who has won African Football of the year and everything is the National team is the third amongst our Top 12 Most Educated Footballers Ever.

The former PSG, Parma an Cagliari striker has a masters degree in Mathematics during his playing days and a UEFA Master’s degree in coaching after retiring from football

The former PSG and Parma forward is now available to serve in the capacity of a coach anywhere around the World. He currently plays many roles on various TV’s such as Pundit as well as a consultant while indicating his desire to coach the Cameroon national team.

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4. Giorgio Chiellini (Masters Degree in Business Management)

One fact about the Italy and Juventus legend Giorgio Chiellini, one of the best defenders to ever grace the field is the fact that the 36-year-old is quite an intellectual off the field too.

Giorgio Chiellini completed his bachelor degree in economics and commerce from the University of Turin in 2010. Years later, he went a step higher to acquire a Master’s degree in Business Management.

“We have to encourage more football players to study and increase the number with university degrees. Because life is long,” Chiellini told world players’ union FIFPro in 2018.3.

5. Romelu Lukaku Bolingoli (Master’s Degree in Public Relations)

Our fifth amongst the Top 12 Most Educated Footballers Ever is the Belgian professional footballer Romelu Lukaku who plays as a striker for Premier League club Chelsea as well as the national squad of his country, he was born in Brussels.

Romelu Lukaku is conversant in several languages, including his native French and Dutch, as well as English, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, and a Congolese Swahili dialect. The 27-year-old possesses a master’s degree in public relations from DePaul University.

6. Duncan Watmore ( Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Business Management and Master’s Degree in International Leadership, Business and Management)

Currently playing with English Championship side Middlesbrough, Duncan Watmore is one of the only two Premier League players to achieve a first-class honours degree. In 2015, the then 21-year-old who plied his trade for Sunderland AFC graduated with a degree in Economics and Business Management from Newcastle University Business School.

Later, the former Barclays U-21 Premier League Player of the Year also enrolled for a two-year Master’s course in International Leadership, Business and Management. “Football is a very short-term career and I always have my eye on what I want to do next and I thought having a university degree and studying could help,” says Watmore.

7. Samuel Sochukwuma Okwaraji (Master’s Degree in Law)

Samuel Sochukwuma Okwaraji  was a Nigerian professional footballer. He was also a qualified lawyer who had a masters in international law from the Pontifical Lateran University of Rome while playing in Rome.

8. Vincent kompany (Master’s Degree in Business Administration)

Former Manchester City and Belgium captain reserves a special place in fans’ with his years of service and determination.

In 2017, Vincent Kompany completed his graduation from Alliance Manchester Business School followed by a Master’s in Business Administration. In 2019, the University of Manchester awarded him with an honorary doctorate. Currently the manager of his boyhood club Anderlecht, the 36-year-old holds high among the highly-educated in the industry.

9. Edwin Van der Sar (Master’s Degree in International Sports Management)

In our Top 12 Most Educated Footballers Ever, The Dutch goalkeeper, Van der Sar won a lot during his playing career both with Ajax and at Manchester United. The Dutchman finished his career with 27 major trophies, before venturing into football administration.

Van der Sar who is currently undertaking a Master’s Degree in International Sports Management holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Sports Management while also currently being the CEO of Dutch giants Ajax, having previously served as the club’s Marketing Director.

10. Seyi Olofinjana (Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering and Master’s Degree in Sporting Directorship)

Seyi Olofinjana has a degree in chemical engineering from the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology in Nigeria.

The former Super Eagles midfielder Seyi Olofinjana says it was difficult combining football with school activities during his early days as a professional career.

He got a master’s degree in sporting directorship, was the loans pathway manager at English Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers and has been the sporting director at Swiss club Grasshoppers since May 2021.

11. Juan Mata (Double Bachelor Degrees)

Juan Mata is a well educated scholar in addition to having a successful football career. The 31-year-old graduated from Madrid’s Universidad Camilo Jose Cela with two bachelor’s degrees (One in Sports Science major, while the other in Marketing major).

He received both degrees while playing for Valencia and Chelsea, two of his former clubs. While the Spaniard has indicated an interest in coaching after his retirement, he has also expressed an interest in psychology. On and off the field.

12. Andres Iniesta (Double Bachelor Degrees)

The last but not the least in our Top 12 Most Educated Footballers Ever, Andres Iniesta is regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the football in Spain and Catalonia. The Spaniard has practically every major domestic and international award to his name.

Just like Juan Mata, Andres Iniesta has double degree with one being in Biology, and the other one is in Sports Science. This makes Andres Iniesta not just an inspiration to football lovers but also to scholars.

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