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8 most brainy footballers of the modern era

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Footballers and brains are two opposite poles, so goes the stereotype. While it is true to some extent, there are actually some footballers who are not only brilliant on the field, but also off it.To be fair to them, who would have the motivation to study when they are earning more money in their teens than they would have after finishing education and getting a job? However, there are some exceptional cases where some players think it necessary to hold a degree.This article, however, wont just focus on degrees for the selection of this list. The basis of the selection is how they carry themselves outside the pitch in their interviews, street-smart nature and general lives.

#1 Zlatan Ibrahimovic

We start off with perhaps the most street-smart person to ever play football.

When it comes to wits, the Swede has few or no parallels at all. Asking a female journalist to come to his home along with her sister to check whether he is gay or not, telling Arsene Wenger that he doesn’t do auditions, suggesting that the World Cup is nothing without him, not buying gifts for his wife because she “already has Zlatan,” and countless other quotes all personify his street-smart nature.

Coming from a tough neighbourhood in Rosenberg, adjusting his personality to the game was never something he found easy. However, it is only due to his strong mentality and headstrong nature, along with his smart decision-making, that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has become the player he is today.

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