4 World-Class Footballers Who Became Successful Without School Education

Most jobs require an educational background for one to be competent, unlike sports especially football which is more of a talent than academics.

Many athletes have reached incredible success and popularity. Millions of people admire the achievements of football players, hockey players, golfers, and other sports representatives.

But not every fan knows that his or her favorite athlete does not have a degree. It may sound surprising, but sometimes people don’t need to go to college or university to succeed in sports.

With this in mind, let’s look at the top four footballers stars who became successful without school education.

  • Neymar

Growing up, Neymar combined his love of futsal with street football. In 2003, Neymar moved with his family to São Vicente, where he began playing for youth side Portuguesa Santista. Then, later in 2003, they moved to Santos, where Neymar joined Santos FC.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo

Football was the school, and big games, exams for Ronaldo. As a child, Ronaldo played for amateur team Andorinha from 1992 to 1995, where his father was the kit man, and later spent two years with Nacional.

In 1997, aged 12, he went on a three-day trial with Sporting CP, who signed him for a fee of £1,500.

He tried being a student though but was expelled after throwing a chair at his teacher, who he said had “disrespected” him.

  • Lionel Messi

Messi joined the Rosario club at a tender age (6 years old). During the six years he played for Newell’s, he scored almost 500 goals as a member of “The Machine of ’87”, the near-unbeatable youth side named for the year of their birth.

  • Didier Drogba

Drogba was born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, and at the age of five was sent to France by his parents to live with his uncle, Michel Goba, a professional footballer. However, Drogba soon became homesick and returned to Abidjan after three years.



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