From Andres Iniesta to Robert Lewandowski: 5 footballers with degrees from prestigious university

First Published Nov 26, 2020, 2:29 PM IST

Footballers specialise in the field of football. However, some even specialise in other areas, which includes excelling in the field of academics. Consequently, numerous footballers hold prestigious degrees from renowned universities before deciding to pursue football full-time.

<p>Be it any athlete, he/she specialises in a particular field of sports. Same goes for the footballers, who play the sport for a living.</p>

Be it any athlete, he/she specialises in a particular field of sports. Same goes for the footballers, who play the sport for a living.

<p>However, it does not necessarily mean that the footballers are not qualified enough academically. Numerous footballers take up the sport because they are passionate about it, besides having respectable degrees from universities.</p>

However, it does not necessarily mean that the footballers are not qualified enough academically. Numerous footballers take up the sport because they are passionate about it, besides having respectable degrees from universities.

<p>From marketing to MBA, some of the footballers are way too qualified to play the sport. In the same light, we take a look at five footballers who have respectable degrees from prestigious universities.</p>

From marketing to MBA, some of the footballers are way too qualified to play the sport. In the same light, we take a look at five footballers who have respectable degrees from prestigious universities.

<p><strong>Andres Iniesta:</strong> The Spanish midfielder is a legend the national team as well as Barcelona, having won the UEFA Champions League (UCL) and the FIFA World Cup. However, he also holds another prestigious title, in the form of an academic degree, as he is a qualified physical education teacher (INEF). We guess he could be the fitness coach for any club once he is done with his playing days.</p>

Andres Iniesta: The Spanish midfielder is a legend the national team as well as Barcelona, having won the UEFA Champions League (UCL) and the FIFA World Cup. However, he also holds another prestigious title, in the form of an academic degree, as he is a qualified physical education teacher (INEF). We guess he could be the fitness coach for any club once he is done with his playing days.

<p><strong>Henrikh Mkhitaryan: </strong>The Armenian footballer, who had a great run in Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal and Manchester United, is having a good time at AS Roma. Nonetheless, his expertise is not just limited to football, as he also holds a degree in business administration and lawyer from St. Petersburg Institute of International Trade, Economics and Law. At the same time, he also aims to complete his master’s degree from Harvard.</p>

Henrikh Mkhitaryan: The Armenian footballer, who had a great run in Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal and Manchester United, is having a good time at AS Roma. Nonetheless, his expertise is not just limited to football, as he also holds a degree in business administration and lawyer from St. Petersburg Institute of International Trade, Economics and Law. At the same time, he also aims to complete his master’s degree from Harvard.

<p><strong>Juan Mata:</strong> The Spanish midfielder is a star in England, having played for Chelsea and Manchester United, besides winning the World Cup with Spain. While he could be at the end of his career, his post-football career could already be set, as he holds a degree in marketing as well as journalism from The Polytechnic Institute Of Madrid. We wish he chooses the latter.</p>

Juan Mata: The Spanish midfielder is a star in England, having played for Chelsea and Manchester United, besides winning the World Cup with Spain. While he could be at the end of his career, his post-football career could already be set, as he holds a degree in marketing as well as journalism from The Polytechnic Institute Of Madrid. We wish he chooses the latter.

<p><strong>Giorgio Chiellini:</strong> The defender is also a World Cup-winning Italian, who has been playing for Juventus since 2005. At the age of 36, he too is near his career end. As for his educational qualification, he has a bachelor’s degree in economics and commerce from the University of Turin, besides having a master’s degree in business administration from the same place. He also possesses a doctorate on Juventus’s economic model. Genius!</p>

Giorgio Chiellini: The defender is also a World Cup-winning Italian, who has been playing for Juventus since 2005. At the age of 36, he too is near his career end. As for his educational qualification, he has a bachelor’s degree in economics and commerce from the University of Turin, besides having a master’s degree in business administration from the same place. He also possesses a doctorate on Juventus’s economic model. Genius!

<p><strong>Robert Lewandowski:</strong> The striker from Poland, who has made a name for himself playing in Germany, for Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, and has won the Bundesliga and UCL. Meanwhile, he holds a degree in Bachelor of Physical Education (BPhEd), with coaching and management, from Warsaw’s Academy of Sport Education. He also possesses a master’s degree in Sports Education from Poland’s College of Sport Education. Sensational!</p>

Robert Lewandowski: The striker from Poland, who has made a name for himself playing in Germany, for Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, and has won the Bundesliga and UCL. Meanwhile, he holds a degree in Bachelor of Physical Education (BPhEd), with coaching and management, from Warsaw’s Academy of Sport Education. He also possesses a master’s degree in Sports Education from Poland’s College of Sport Education. Sensational!

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