Nigerian midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi, obtained his first degree from De Montfort University in England, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.
The Leicester City midfielder revealed this in a video interview with Football Daily, explaining that the diploma will give him more options outside of football.
Ndidi explained that the business knowledge and management would come in handy if he plans to get into business after he retires.
He said, “Yeah, I’m done. I did like a 10-course class that can enroll me in a real college degree.”
In 2019 Ndidi was interviewed by Sports post and spoke at length about his desire to pursue an education while still an active football player.
“I have free time, so instead of sitting and playing FIFA, it’s good to understand the four walls of schooling,” Ndidi said. Sports post.
“In Nigeria, some players want to play football and then they forget school. But if you do both, you can go on with whatever you want, instead of just hoping for football, football – and then you won’t make it.”
Ndidi also spoke about a vision to create more opportunities outside of football for young people in Nigeria.
“All my life I wanted to play football and this is my career now, but there was pressure from my father to go that way because he wanted me to stay in school. He wasn’t convinced I was doing the right thing until he first saw me on television playing for the Under-17 national team.
“Nigeria’s population is huge and it’s so hard to get a degree as a footballer, so I have a clear picture of a place where you can play football and study, whether in Lagos or Abuja.
“I spoke to my godfather to make it happen. If kids don’t make it in football, I want them to think they can graduate and work, instead of roaming the streets.”