Top 10 Most Intelligent Football (Soccer) PlayersSwedish researchers have concluded that professional footballers are considerably more intelligent than they are given credit for.
In 2013, Paul McVeigh published a book entitled ‘The Stupid Footballer is Dead: Insights into the Mind of a Professional Footballer’ delving into the demand for sharp and speedy thinking required on the pitch from a modern soccer player.
But 30 years before this book, Sócrates proved that there was such thing as a brainy soccer player.
A Brazilian player, nicknamed "Doctor Socrates" for his doctorate in medicine and his political and socio-economic knowledge. He co-founded a political movement named the Corinthians Democracy.
He is the only player in the world who finished medical school while playing soccer and also was one of the few who practiced it after leaving the football world.
You can learn more about his intellectual capacity from my list "Top 10 Interesting Facts About The Football (Soccer) Player Sócrates".
Frank Lampard is a famous and controversial Chelsea player (UK), known as “The Professor” by his teammates.
Mensa, the association of smart people, tested Frank Lampard in 2009 and he scored one of the highest marks ever recorded (his IQ was over 150).
His GCSE exams were mindblowing, too - he scored maximum points by obtaining only A’s, including an A in Latin.
The Chelsea doctor also tested Frank and he scored the highest point the firm ever recorded.
Ironically, Lampard had many appearances in the media for foolish acts where he was doing something immoral, wrong or illegal. Does smartness come with some bad sides?
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best midfielder in the world for me
He's a former Newcastle United goalkeeper.
Shaka Hislop took smartness to another level and began his career by earning a scholarship to play soccer at Howard University in the U.S. He obtained a degree in Mechanical Engineering and then joined NASA as an intern for a while. Not many footballers can say they worked for NASA, but Shaka Hislop can.
Currently he's known for his blog work for The Guardian and his analytical work for ESPN as a soccer commentator.
So, from Trinidad and Tobago to Howard to The Premier League (UK), and to The Guardian and ESPN.
He is also one of only two non-British members, alongside Pele, to be inducted into the PFA's Roll of Honor.
He has a Bachelor in Economics and he has also written two books.
He is miles ahead of his peers in the brains department. Maybe he was perceived as a shady player back in the day because he was able to use his wits. While playing for Arsenal, Bergkamp earned himself a degree in Medical Engineering at the University of Bath. He is currently an assistant manager for Frank de Boer at Ajax.
Behind every kick of the ball there has to be a thought.
He's on this this list for his noticeable intelligence and innovation on the pitch.
He won the “Britain’s Brainiest Footballer” in 2002 - a contest where soccer players test their intelligence and respond to different questions from mathematics, English and general knowledge.
He obtained 10 A grades at the GCSE exams. Carlisle also obtained a degree in Professional Sports Writing and Broadcasting from Staffordshire University.
Juan Mata is an intelligent and articulate Spanish player and it shows in his playmaker's style of play. He has a degree in journalism and when he was transferred to Chelsea, he embarked upon several distance learning courses, including a Sports Science degree, Physical Education and Marketing.
When asked by The Independent about his unusual view towards education, he intelligently replied:
"I don't think football and studying are mutually exclusive. I am focused on my career but like to enjoy other things, like study for example."
Messi is incredible, phenomenal!. No footballer can ever compare with him. He is the most intelligent player, never losing control of himself despite great skills. He beats all his rivals but keeps his emotions and pride in control. He is just in another level of intelligence!
He is so smart he even looks like it
He makes defenders fools
Makes me speechless
The former English and Bradford City central defender, David has a first-class honors degree in Chemistry from Sheffield University.
He is better than messi. He never gives up not matter what happens
Ronaldo must be the intelligent
Healthy care player
He is the smartest
Former Welsh professional and Everton footballer, Barry Horne has a first-class degree in Chemistry from the University of Liverpool. Barry is presently teaching chemistry and physics at Kings School in Chester, and is also the football director there.
He's very talented. Also intelligent. I heard he invented many new skills.
Uir a best player in the world
Don't give up minded
Best skills, intelligent player
He makes plays that no one else would think to do. He always seems to be in the right position and is very knowledgeable about the game. He always knows where he is on the pitch and it shows with his performances in the box.
Very clinical in front of goals
What guys this list rekt if he isn't here
Most skill full and technical player.
Intelligent football player