Football has been something that unites people all around the world. We’re one day short of witnessing 32 countries coming together for the 2018 world cup. Footballers can be seen transcending all barriers and boundaries such as languages, countries, religions, ethnicity, etc. Keeping that in mind let’s take a look at some footballers who speak more languages.
5. Petr Cech -5 Languages
Along with his native Czech, Cech also speaks English, French, German and Spanish. In 2015, he revealed: ” I speak to the full-backs (Hector Bellerin, Nacho Monreal) in Spanish, to (Laurent) Koscielny in French and to Per (Mertesacker) in English […]”
“Sometimes the foreign player wouldn’t know what you say. That’s when you realize sometimes it’s easier to say it in their language than hoping they will understand.”
4. Jose Mourinho
José Mourinho has won 23 trophies. He speaks 6 languages – English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan. But can someone tell him that when starting a sentence in English it is customary to insert a word such as "it" before the word "is". Is very irritating. Is all. pic.twitter.com/BJPry4K8uw
— Richard Brecker (@RichardBrecker) January 27, 2018
Apart from his native Portuguese, Mourinho speaks Spanish, Italian, French, Catalan, and English. His reputation for knowing so many languages earned him the nickname “the translator”, a moniker he didn’t like much.
3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic -6 Languages
— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) February 7, 2015
The “God of Miami” has sported the colors of quite a few clubs till date; the likes of FC Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Ajax to name a few. Ibrahimovic can speak quite a few languages including Swedish, Bosnian, French, Spanish, Italian, and English.
As if that is not enough, he can also hear sign languages and is fluent in braille.
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