The Belgian goalkeeper is another example of a top-class professional athlete who also worked on obtaining a higher educational background.
The talented keeper keeps a Political science degree which he obtained during his career in England, and also speaks five languages.
According to an interview, Simon Mignolet said that he wanted to earn a college degree in case his football career goes south. The only condition the player set for his college decision was to have enough time to dedicate to both football and academic activities.
Simon Luc Hildebert Mignolet born 6 March 1988) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Belgian club Club Brugge and the Belgium national team.
Mignolet started his career with Belgian Second Division side Sint-Truiden in 2004, and spent six years with the club, making 100 senior league appearances and scoring a goal. He moved to Premier League side Sunderland in June 2010 for £2 million, spending three years with them and making 101 appearances across all competitions before moving to Liverpool in June 2013 for £9 million.
Mignolet has represented the Belgium national team at every level from under-16 upwards. He made his senior debut in 2011, has since earned over 20 caps. He was also named to Belgium’s squad for the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cup.