We’ve recently looked at some of the most hated players, and some of the biggest divers. All this has left me with a bad taste when it comes to players these days.
But I’m determined to be optimistic, and think that no, not all footballers have to be shallow, flash, idiots. And so to celebrate those they go against the image of a modern Footballer we look at 5 of the smartest players at the moment.
Seyi has made a decent career helping out teams at the bottom end of the Premiership/top end of Championship, as he is currently doing just that with Hull, but the player is also preparing for his life after the game.
The 31 year old graduated with a BSC in Chemical Engineering from his native Nigeria, before moving to Europe to play. Still not being content with the life of a top flight footballer, Seyi also earned his masters in the same field whilst playing for Wolves.
I know it’s hard to believe at times but Frank is well known for his 150+ IQ. That’s 50 points above average, and places him in the top 1% of the country. He attracted top grades in school, including an A* in Latin. Shame all this intelligence has led to him sometimes thinking he’s smarter than the manager.
Officially (well, if you consider a game-show official) Clark is ‘Britain’s Brainiest Footballers’.
He achieved 10 A’s at GCSE and went on to study Politics and Maths at A-level.
The former QPR and Leeds man now uses this brain of his to guide other players in his role as Chairman of the Management Committee for the PFA.
Hopefully all this education will stand him in good stead off the itch, as he’s not performing that great on it, and currently finds himself on loan to League Two’s Northampton.
Jean Alain Boumsong
Apologies for bringing back bad memories Newcastle fans. Boumsong may have been entirely useless on the field, but it appears he wasn’t so bad off it, as he holds a degree in mathematics. He can use all those number skills to calculate how many goals he was responsible for at St. James park. Now playing for Famous Greeks Panathinaikos
Maybe not educated as such, but definitely seen as the England team’s man o’ culture.
The countries former No.1 has had his own weekly column for the high-brow Guardian for several years, where he can be found discussing such weighty issues as Racism in the game, Gay footballers, and, erm, Dave Bessant.
Now finishing up his football days at Brsitol City, before retiring to become a beat poet, or post-modern wax sculpture artist, or some such.
Other Clever clogs: Nedum Onuoha, Fabrice Muamba, Enoch Showunmi (A successful poet – yes, seriously) , apparently Joey Barton (although I’m not inclined to agree), and former NASA employee Shaka Hislop.