When it comes to uneducated players, we all almost go back to Jose Mourinho insulting Cristiano Ronaldo’s family and ridiculing his lack of education: “not showing maturity and respect” and attributed that to a “difficult childhood” with “no education”. Here Are 6 Famous Footballers Who Didn’t Go To School.

6. Pele

When you say football, Brazil come in everyone’s mind and Pele is the one who brought the South Americans on the world platform. Not only did he win three World Cup titles, but he helped revolutionize the beautiful game. Did he need school to make it on the football pitch? No Way.

His role as an Ambassador for the game is well-documented, as he continues to help expand the game and goodwill across all sports.

5. Ronaldinho

Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, commonly known as Ronaldinho, chose football over school. His football skills began to blossom at the age of eight, and he was first given the nickname “Ronaldinho” because he was often the youngest and the smallest player in youth club matches.

He developed an interest in futsal and beach football, which later expanded to organized football. His first brush with the media came at the age of 13 when he scored all 23 goals in a 23–0 victory against a local team.

4. Didier Drogba


Drogba was born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, and at the age of five was sent to France by his parents to live with his uncle, Michel Goba, a professional footballer. However, Drogba soon became homesick and returned to Abidjan after three years.

Both of his parents lost their jobs and he again returned to live with his uncle. Never had time for college, and joined a semi-professional club Levallois instead.

3. Cristiano Ronaldo

For Ronaldo, Football was the school, and big games, exams. As a child, Ronaldo played for amateur team Andorinha from 1992 to 1995, where his father was the kit man, and later spent two years with Nacional. In 1997, aged 12, he went on a three-day trial with Sporting CP, who signed him for a fee of £1,500.


He tried being a student though but was expelled after throwing a chair at his teacher, who he said had “disrespected” him.

‘I was not thick but I was not interested in school,’ he admits. ‘I was expelled after I threw a chair at the teacher.

‘He disrespected me.’

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