Top 10 Smartest Football Players

Let’s be honest, football players – or soccer depending on where you’re from – aren’t exactly renowned for being the smartest guys around. They’ve got street smarts, but aren’t the sharpest tools in the shed when it comes to academics, or much else. Just look at some of their interviews, their antics, and it’s rather cringeworthy. A lot of them do come from poor backgrounds, got into football early, so we’ll give them a break. But there are a select few in the world of football who are really intelligent, who’ve studied, got their qualifications, got something to fall back on, are just eager to learn. Here are 10 big names in football who’ve done just that.

10. Sócrates

Sócrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Souza Vieira de Oliveira, or just Sócrates, was a Brazilian attacking midfielder, known as “Doctor Socrates”. Why was he given that nickname? Because he was an actual doctor. Yep, Sócrates was a doctor of medicine, something that’s extremely rare for footballers. What’s even more remarkable, is that he studied and earned his degree while he was playing professionally. What a bloke, what an achievement.

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