5) Steve Coppell (Degree in Economic History)
The former English winger had to retire early in his career due to a horrific knee injury, which cut short his retirement age to just 28. He was one of the best players of his generation, featuring more than 300 times for Red Devils. Contrary to his association with Manchester United during his playing days, Coppell later moved into football management and was the manager of rivals, Manchester City, though did so for only a brief period. One of the facts about the former England international is that he holds a degree in Economics, which he completed whilst playing for Manchester United and studying at Liverpool University.
4) Shaka Hislop (Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering)
The current generation of football fans better recognise Shaka Hislop as one of the pundits alongside Craig Burley and Steve Nicol on the popular ESPN FC show. However, during his playing days, Hislop was one of the top goalkeepers. Indeed, he was the part of Kevin Keegan’s revolutionary Newcastle United side which nearly stunned Manchester United to win the league title. He also had spells with West Ham United and Portsmouth. His footballing career aside, Hislop is also one of the most educated personalities in the soccer world. Before his career began with Reading, he was a student at Howard University, studying bachelors in Mechanical Engineering. The goalkeeper also interned at NASA during his bachelors.
3) Giorgio Chiellini (Masters in Business Administration)
The modern football might not be as feisty as it used to be. But the game is still graced by some hard guys, and when one speaks of hard-core guys in football, Chiellini’s name is bound to pop up. The Italian defender exemplifies the meaning of warrior, with his incredible determination and heart he puts in the game week in week out. It is his grit that has made him Juve’s backbone, and despite Bonucci putting an end to Juve’s own version of BBC, Juventus still look a tough team thanks to their warrior. The 33-year old is also one of the most educated figures in the football world having completed his MBA last April. Perhaps, the Italian is already planning for life after football.
2) Robert Lewandowski (Bachelors in Sports)
Robert Lewandowski is easily amongst the top target man in the world at the moment, guiding his nation Poland to a brilliant qualifying campaign. For Bayern too, the Pole has been a regular supplier of goals scoring more than 30 goals in each of his three seasons in Munich. And while his career makes his education virtually irrelevant, Lewandowski has not shied away from his education. In fact, the Polish skipper was awarded his Bachelor in Sports degree just a day after Poland qualified for the World Cup. His thesis was based on his own career development and passed with flying colours.
1) Socrates (Degree in Medicine)
A member of Pele’s FIFA 100 list of world’s greatest living players in 2004, Socrates remains to date, one of the most famous football players ever. Known for his embellished looks, the playmaker’s vision and technical ability made any defence look vulnerable. And alongside his supreme football career, Socrates also had a medicine degree to his name, which he earned during his playing days in Brazil. He practiced medicine post his playing career and was also a prominent figure during Presidential elections, in which he voiced his support for direct elections.