Football star Vincent Kompany has recently proven that anyone with the right drive can achieve a Master of Business Administration.
The Manchester City skipper announced over social media at the end of 2017 that after four years of juggling his athletic duties, an unfortunate string of injuries and part time studies, he had finally graduated with an MBA from the Alliance Manchester Business School.
Mr Kompany dedicated his achievement to his mother, saying obtaining an MBA and pursuing an academic career seemed like a fitting tribute to the woman that raised him.
“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,” Mr Kompany told the Daily Mail.
“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.”
Mr Kompany said his newfound knowledge from his MBA education fit in with his inner natural entrepreneurial spirit, and despite the whole experience taking him “out of his comfort zone”, he would use what he learned to help coordinate all business aspects of his life.
“When you’re playing football at the top levels, even managing your personal finances starts to become like running a business,” he told the Daily Mail.
“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.”