Top 10 international football stars to have successfully completed a university degree

Top 10 international football stars to have successfully completed a university degree

Footballers are known to be good at what they do on the field which has brought them fame and fortune, most footballers are not known for their book smarts.

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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.

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Here are 10 footballers who are academically gifted.

1. Socrates

The footballing genius of Brazilian legend Socrates makes him one of the best talents produced by South American nation.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 sometyhing to fall back on after his playing career.

The Belgian international also has a degree in law and political sciences which could earn him a white-collar job in future.

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8. Andrey Arshavin

The former Russian star graduated from St Petersburg State University of Technology and Design.

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.

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.

The six-foot-plus is also said to understand German and Swahili, as well as hold a degree in tourism and public relations.

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