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6 Most Educated Footballers In The World | N0 4 Has An IQ Far Above 150.

You play football with your head, and your legs are there to help you, as the late Dutch football great Johan Cruyff famously said.

Cruyff's remarks have wider ramifications despite focusing primarily on the game on the field. Football players have relatively brief professional careers; the majority of them retire around age 35. To stay in the game, some athletes move to coaching, while others go into punditry.

The majority of football players abandon their academic studies after high school to begin their professional careers at a young age. But over the years, a few of well-known players have continued their study and earned a degree. Shaka Hislop, Glenn Johnson, Edwin van der Sar, and Andrey Arshavin are among former Premier League players who have graduated in various fields.

Having said that, let's take a look at some of the most intelligent football players currently playing.

6. Andres Iniesta

In Spain and Catalonia, Andres Iniesta is regarded as one of the best players to have ever graced the game. The Spaniard, whose playing days are almost over, has won virtually every significant domestic and international player award.

It's noteworthy that the former FIFA World Cup winner is both a scholar off the field and a pioneer on it. Iniesta holds two degrees, one in biology and the other in sports science. Thus, the 36-year-old midfield guru is nothing less than an inspiration to many aspiring young footballers throughout the world.

5. Yuto Nagatomo

The 34-year-old graduated from the University of Meiji with a degree in economics. Yet surprised? Additionally, Nagatomo is the author of two works on contemporary economics.

The full-back, who is as intelligent off the field as he is on it, has had an illustrious career playing football, having played for various prestigious teams. Nagatomo began playing football for the university team before moving on to play for FC Tokyo, Cesena, Galatasaray, and Olympique Marseille. He received the Asian Footballer of the Year honor in 2013 while playing for the Nerazzurri.

4. Frank Lampard

The fact that Lampard has an IQ far above 150, placing him in the top 5% of the world's population and making him one of the most intelligent football players in history, would surprise many. He also graduated from the Brentwood School in Essex with 11 GCSEs, including an A in Latin. Simply put, the former Blues manager is one of the few footballers with a remarkable intellect.

3. Duncan Watmore

The Sunderland AFC player, who was 21 at the time, graduated from Newcastle University Business School in 2015 with a degree in Economics and Business Management.

The former Barclays U-21 Premier League Player of the Year subsequently enrolled in a two-year Master's program in international leadership, business, and management. Watmore says, "I believed having a university degree and studying could assist. Football is a pretty short-term career and I constantly keep my eye on what I want to do next.

2. Vincent Kompany

Vincent Kompany graduated from Alliance Manchester Business School in 2017 and then pursued a Master of Business Administration. The University of Manchester conferred an honorary degree on him in 2019. The 35-year-old is currently the manager of his boyhood team, Anderlecht, and is regarded highly among the highly educated in the field.

1. Giorgio Chiellini

Many people consider Giorgio Chiellini to be one of the toughest defenders in the world as well as an Italian and Juventus icon. The 36-year-life old's off the field is another potential mystery.

The nine-time Serie A champion earned a degree in economics and trade from the University of Turin in 2010. Later on, he developed and received a Master's degree in the same subject.

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