Playing football for your country’s national team is one thing, and serving under the military is another. Over the years, a pair of footballers have served their countries both on the football pitch and on the battlefront.
In this article, we will take a look at some famous players who served in the military, before they became professional players.
1. Heung-Min's son
Son Heung-Min is first on our list, he is a 29-year-old professional footballer in South Korea. He played as a striker for the Premier League club; Tottenham Hotspur, as well as the South Korean national team.
In South Korea, you have to serve your country, at your young age as an army, even if Son is very interested in football, he cannot avoid military service. But he tried to reduce his time of service so he could focus on his love.
His best result came in 2018 when he won the goal medal at the Asian Games. He got the military captain himself and used the advantage of taking a 3 -week training course, instead of the regular 18 months observed by others.
2. Eric Cantona
Eric Cantona is next on our list, he is a retired French footballer, playing for Manchester United in his days.
Known as one of the best, he has done a lot for the Red Devils and even Leeds United. He retired in 1997, to become a club manager, after which he became an actor.
From the agility and speed, Cantona has demonstrated in the past, it is easy to believe that he is serving in the military. Even if nothing is known about his military career is known, but we can also assume that he is also a star in the camouflaged uniform.
3. Mohamed Salah
Mohamed Salah is next on our list, he is a professional footballer from Egypt. Now he plays for the Premier League club; Liverpool.
Salah served in his country’s military, like other Egyptian citizens, before he started playing professionally.
According to SportMob, the Liverpool star has yet to finish his service in the Egyptian Military and may return to finish it later.
4. Fabio Cannavaro
Fabio Cannavaro is an Italian player and now a football coach, he plays as a defender at the Serie A club; Juventus, as well as the Italy National team.
In the past, Italy imposed mandatory military service, and many Italian footballers face this obstacle while continuing their professional careers.
Fabio was one of those people, he served in the Italian military, and was still part of the Military Cup during 1995-96, which Italy won.
After his service, he had a strange football career, Fabio won the Balon d 'O in 2006, after coming out as the winner of the World Cup, under the Italian team.
5. Paolo Maldini
Paolo Maldini is last on our list, he is also a former Italian player, and one of the best defenders of all time. Throughout his career, he played for AC Milan as well as the Italian national team.
Because of the Mandatory Martial Law, Paolo had to serve in the Italian military in the 80s, following in his father’s footsteps; Cesare Maldini.
At first, it wasn’t easy for him, he had to gamble his military duty to play football, but after that he came out as one of the toughest defenders in football history.
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