Conventional wisdom dictates that football and intelligence do not go hand in hand. However, no statement could be further from the truth.
Intelligent footballers have been around as long as the game itself. They stand out for a variety of reasons and are often misunderstood by their teammates and fans.
They are intelligent and balanced enough to march to the beat of their own drum and are the true mavericks of the game we love so much.
The game has been littered with smart guys like Graeme Le Saux, who suffered homophobic taunts, for reading The Guardian newspaper, having a University degree and for having an interest in antiques. Iain Dowie has a Masters degree in Aeronautical Engineering, Oleguer Presas has a BA in Economics and has authored a number of books, and Gudni Bergsson has a Law degree to name but a few men who furthered their own education either before or after football.
Here, Bleacher Report looks at 10 footballers with brains to go with their talent and who weren't afraid to stand out from the crowd.
Which footballers have stood out for you as intelligent?
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