It’s fair to say that footballers aren’t usually regarded as the sharpest tools in the box. In their defense, when you’re blessed with natural athleticism and two extraordinarily well-coordinated feet and get paid millions of pounds to play the game you love, it’s easy to see how school can become less of a priority. However, these footballers graduated from universities.

5. Edwin Van Der Sar (Master of Sports Management)

The legend played for Ajax, Juventus, Fulham and went onto have a successful career at Manchester United winning Champions League and several premier league titles. He also represented Holland at international stage for two decades.

Van Der Sar retired from professional football back in 2012 to complete his International Master of Sports Management. He now works as marketing director of Ajax football club.

4. Juan Mata (Degree in Journalism)

Juan Mata is an intelligent and articulate player. He studied journalism at Universidad Politecnica de Madrid. And at Chelsea he, embarked upon several distance learning courses, including a sports science degree, physical education and marketing.

When asked by The Independent about his unusual view towards education, he intelligently replied: “I don’t think football and studying are mutually exclusive. I am focused on my career but like to enjoy other things, like study for example.”


3. Vincent Kompany (MBA)

Part of the spine of Manchester City’s star-studded team, Kompany has collected three Premier League titles, three League Cups, an FA Cup, a Player of the Season award and multiple inclusions in the PFA Team of the Year.

And somehow he juggled captaining the Premier League-winning side with studying for an MBA. Kompany also speaks better English than most English footballers.

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