Most intelligent footballers: Tomori is studying business management, while Lukaku is multi-lingual and Mata studied journalism

By | 10th October 2019

THEY’RE football’s smartest men.

For years footballers have had their intelligence questioned, but that’s just not the case with this lot.

Fikayo Tomori revealed he was studying for a business management degree
Fikayo Tomori revealed he was studying for a business management degree
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Chelsea star Tomori believes he needs to have an education to fall back on should football not work out
Chelsea star Tomori believes he needs to have an education to fall back on should football not work out
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Sure, many players neglect their studies to concentrate on making it in the professional game, and that’s fine.

But some like to use their brains further in getting degrees that could help them in life after football.

Take Chelsea star Fikayo Tomori, for example, who recently talked about studying for a business management diploma, while on England duty.

“Football won’t go on for ever,” he wisely said in a recent press conference.

“When I retire or, God forbid, I get an injury, then I have something I’m working towards that can stand me in good stead for the future.”

And he’s not the only one who has thought about a life after football.

Join SunSport in introducing you the brain-boxes of the beautiful game.

JUAN MATA

Juan Mata
Juan Mata could’ve been a journalist instead of a footballer
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Not only is he an all-round nice guy doing tons for charity, he’s also super smart.

The Man United wide man studied journalism at Universidad Politecnica e Madrid.

And during his time at Old Trafford, dancing down the wing, he’s managed to complete a sports science and finance degree too.

Not many in the game can lay claim to two degrees.

Juan Mata
Man United ace Juan Mata also studied sport science and finance
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ANDREY ARSHAVIN

If it wasn’t football, it would’ve been fashion for Arshavin.

The mercurial Russian playmaker graduated from the St Petersburg State University of Technology and Design.

He studied clothing technology, and has put that talent to use by launching his own clothing range in Russia.

Andrey Arshavin
Andrey Arshavin studied clothing technology and has his own fashion label in Russia
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Arsenal favourite Andrey Arshavin graduated from St Petersburg State University of Technology and Design
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SIMON MIGNOLET

He’s not just a talented keeper, you know.

The Belgium shot-stopper has a coffee shop in his native country, so he’ll always have that to fall back on when his career ends.

But should he want to, Mignolet could lean on his degree in law and political sciences for a career change.

Simon Mignolet
Simon Mignolet has a degree in law and political sciences
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FRANK LAMPARD

Super Frank excelled at Derby, and is doing a credible job with Chelsea and their youngsters.

But that should be child’s play for the Blues’ all-time leading goalscorer.

After all, the Chelsea legend reportedly scored over 150 in an IQ test with Mensa.

That result meant that Lamps is among the most intelligent 0.1 percent of the world’s population.

Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard reportedly scored over 150 in an IQ test with Mensa
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Frank Lampard
Chelsea legend Frank Lampard  is among the most intelligent 0.1 percent of the world’s population
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GIORGIO CHIELLINI

The tough-tackling Juventus centre half isn’t as much of a brute as you’d think.

Chiellini was a whizz at high-school, passing all his exams with ease.

He later went to the prestigious University of Turin where he graduated with a business economics degree, just like Tomori is studying for.

Must be something about uncompromising defenders.

Giorgio Chiellini
Giorgio Chiellini graduated with a business economics degree from University of Turin
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GLENN JOHNSON

The former Stoke City right-back has commanded high-numbered transfer fees during his time, so it’s lucky he’s not numerically challenged.

In fact, Johnson is so good with digits he enrolled at The Open University to do a degree in Maths.

He can start negotiating his own contracts, surely?

Glenn Johnson
Glenn Johnson enrolled at The Open University to do a degree in Maths
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CLARKE CARLISLE

Dubbed Britain’s most intelligent footballer, Clarke has the right CV to back that up.

He was a contestant on Countdown, and was also the first player to appear on Question Time.

Clarke has a degree in sports writing and broadcasting from Staffordshire University.

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Clarke Carlisle once appeared on TV show Countdown
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Clarke Carlisle
Dubbed the most intelligent footballer, Clarke Carlisle became the first player to appear on Question Time
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ROMELU LUKAKU

Man United’s heavyweight striker isn’t just your average footballer.

The skilled forward is also a natural linguist, speaking as many as five languages including English, Spanish, Dutch, French and Portuguese.

Lukaku is also said to understand German and Swahili, as well as hold a degree in tourism and public relations.

Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku speaks five languages, including English, Spanish, Dutch, French and Portuguese
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Romelu Lukaku
Belgium star Romelu Lukaku has a degree in tourism and public relations
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EDWIN VAN DER SAAR

Another Man United man with a great brain – no wonder they’re so successful.

When the Red Devils Dutch keeper retired he studied for a masters degree in sports and brand management at the Johan Cruyff Institute.

After becoming a marketing director at the Dutch giants, he’s now their CEO and has been linked with a move to Manchester United to become their director.

Edwin Van der Saar
Edwin Van der Saar finished a masters degree in sports and brand management
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Edwin Van der Saar is now a CEO at Ajax
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SOCRATES

Recognised for his headband and beard on the football pitch, the late Socrates was one of Brazil’s favourite sons.

He held a bachelors degree in medicine from the Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto while he was still playing.

Socrates also wrote columns for Brazilian newspapers on everything from sport to politics to economics.

Socrates was a star of the Brazil sides of the 1982 and 1986 World Cups
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Socrates
Not only did Socrates finish medicine, he also wrote several newspaper columns about economics and politics
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DUNCAN WATMORE

The Sunderland footballer became only the second player in the Premier League ever to graduate with a first.


Midfielder Duncan studied economics and business management, which he finished at Newcastle University.

He juggled breaking into the first team with catching up with lectures in the evening while poring over textbooks.

Duncan Watmore graduated from Newcastle University with a first class honours degree in 2015
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Duncan Watmore
Duncan Watmore is one of two Premier League players to graduate with a first
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Oliver Bierhoff has a degree in economics
Oliver Bierhoff has a degree in economics
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OLIVER BIERHOFF

The former German centre forward, who famously scored the first golden goal of football at Wembley, is a smart man.


Not only is he revered by his home nation for scoring 37 international goals, he’s championed for having a economics degree.

Economics is a degree that runs in football, with former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger also having a diploma in economics.

It just goes to show, footballers are much smarter than you think.

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