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Top 10 Smartest Football Players With High IQ’s (Pictures Below)

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But that culture is changing now that football clubs hammer home the importance of education to young and aspiring footballers. With that in mind, we’re counting down the top 10 smartest players over the last few years.

We’re so used to hearing stories about the likes of Jermaine Pennant leaving his Porsche at a car park at a Spanish train station after forgetting he owned it, this could be indicative of the money these lads are given at a young age.

There are footballers out there who give us hope, the kind who use their free time to build businesses, study a subject or language or are generally quite sharp chaps.If you think there’s a bright player who’s been missed off this list please feel free to head to the comments section and let us know who they are and why!

10. Dennis Bergkamp

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Apart from being an amazing striker, intellect is undoubtedly one of Dennis Bergkamp's greatest strengths. As a footballer, “The Non-Flying Dutchman” was well known for his innovative tricks and skills but did you know that Bergkamp earned a degree in mechanical engineering while playing for Arsenal?

Perhaps he used the time off from away matches due to his fear of flying with planes, however, getting a degree in mechanical engineering is pretty impressive, even for someone outside of football.

9. Simon Mignolet

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Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has come in for criticism since joining the Merseyside club from Sunderland, but should his football career come crumbling down there is some solace for Mignolet, who has a career to fall back on. The 26-year-old has a Degree in Law and Political Science, and can speak four languages; English, French, Dutch and German.

Mignolet moved from Sunderland to Liverpool for just under $14,000,000 but has come under fire on Merseyside. He has only managed to amass 14 caps for Belgium due to being second choice to Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

8. Didier Drogba

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Just being a Premier League footballer hardly seems that impressive when you’re stacked up alongside Didier Drogba. That comparison becomes even more pronounced when you realise that Drogba is also a qualified accountant who is touted as being a future President in his wartorn homeland the Ivory Coast.

In the wake of a bloody civil war, Drogba formed part of the Truth and Reconciliation commission set up to heal the wounds of the country and reunite its peoples.Although Drogba has said he doesn’t much want to be President of the Ivory Coast, we can think of no one better than Drogba in light of his accomplishments.

7. Petr Cech

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Petr Cech is the goalkeeper with the most clean sheets in Premier League history. He has won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, Europa League and Champions League to his name. But it isn’t just his trophy cabinet that sets him apart from other goalkeepers but he is also a very intelligent man. During a game for Arsenal in 2016, Cech revealed he communicated to his defence in three different languages. The goalkeeper can also speak German, Slovak and Czech!

6. Juan Mata

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Spanish playmaker, Juan Mata has a cultured left foot but the culture doesn’t stop there. The Man United attacking midfielder spends his summers backpacking around Spain and Greece and loves to learn new languages, mastering English in his first year at Chelsea. Mata earned a degree while playing in the Real Madrid youth team and later took online courses in marketing and sport science when he moved from Valencia to Chelsea. His quick mind and intelligent play helped Chelsea win the Champions League in 2012.

5. Socrates

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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.

4. Frank Lampard

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There is little doubt that Frank Lampard is one of the most intelligent players of the modern age.

The 34-year-old, who recently broke Chelsea's all-time goalscoring record, just signed a new one-year contract at the Blues. This was just reward for a player who has played at the highest level of the English game for the last 13 years. Off the field, Lampard is recognized as one of the most intelligent men in the game.

In 2009, he undertook an IQ test with Mensa and scored one of the highest marks ever recorded. This is hardly surprising considering he has 11 GCSE's including an A in Latin of all languages.

In February of this year, the English international signed a major book deal with publisher Little Brown to write a series of children's books. It would seem that when it comes to intelligence both on and off the pitch Lampard is almost the perfect package.

3. Lionel Messi

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Lionel Andrés "Leo" Messi is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Barcelona. He is also known as one of the greatest football players of all time. He was born in Rosario, Argentina on June 24th, 1987.

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

2. Fikayo Tomori

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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 earlier this year talked about studying for a business management diploma, while on England duty.

Football won’t go on for ever," he wisely said in a 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.

1. Cristiano ‘CR7’ Ronaldo

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Cristiano 'CR7' Ronaldo

Date of Birth: 5 February 1985

Height: 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)

Country: Portugal

Playing Position : Forward

Yes, CR7 is first on our list. The man who likes to rip his shirt off and flaunt his perfect six-packs after scoring an important goal. But Ronaldo’s incredible football IQ is most times ignored. Ronaldo has the ability to read the game in a way very few people can and his off the ball movement is incredible. He’s being criticized most times for scoring tap ins but what most people don’t realize is the insane intelligence he displays to be in such goalscoring positions.

Ronaldo doesn’t dwell on the ball like his eternal rival Messi. He thrives off the ball. And his physique means he can score all sorts of goals and he’s really powerful in the air. There are very few players that can currently head the ball better than Ronaldo.

Ronaldo is well known for his work ethics and his evolution from a tricky winger to a deadly assassin in front of goal is one of the wonders of football. Ronaldo is 34 and he’s still going strong. He hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down yet. Sir Cristiano, we bow to you in utmost respect.

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Top Comments
JayeJaykJays · 06/30/2020
fake news. Where r their IQ scores?
sportyG · 06/30/2020
some of you always act like stupid fools, do you expect the writers to named all players having grade or that can do one or two thing apart of football ah and some of you if the person u so in love with not included u na go day blab mouth senseless fools
DëstÏñy_01 · 06/29/2020
where is pique senseless post
GUEST_J5d3eojMm · 07/3/2020
this post seems fair, it seems Messi is your favorite yet you rank Cr7 first

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