Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany has graduated with a Masters in Business Administration.
The injury-plagued defender has spent the last four years juggling his football duties and studying part time at the Alliance Manchester Business School.
The Belgian international, who is already planning for life after football, took to Instagram on Friday afternoon to reveal the big news to his 1.3million followers as he posted a photo of himself sitting next to a mortarboard and some academic books.
Speaking after receiving the degree, Kompany dedicated his achievement to his mother: ‘Although I want to continue playing football as long as possible, I may look to use this combination of academic learning and years of playing experience in the future.
‘I’ve always felt education is very important and this was instilled into me by my late mother from an early age.
‘It felt like a fitting tribute to my mother to pursue my academic career by studying an MBA.
‘When you’re playing football at the top levels, even managing your personal finances starts to become like running a business.
‘It was important to me that I understood what my accountant was talking about and that I could confidently assess a business plan to take ownership of this area of my life.
I’m an entrepreneur at the core so have a natural interest in business. The MBA was about backing this up with academic learning and research.’
Kompany announced the news after picking up another injury playing for runaway Premier League leaders City against Newcastle on Wednesday night.
The 31-year-old limped down the tunnel after just 11 minutes at St James’ Park with a calf strain.