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19-Year-Old Feyenoord Star Splinter De Mooij Quits Professional Football To Become A Doctor

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19-Year-Old Feyenoord Star Splinter De Mooij Quits Professional Football To Become A Doctor

Splinter de Mooij - a 19-year-old academy player currently signed with Feyenoord - is retiring from football to become a doctor.

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De Mooij joined the Dutch side as a schoolboy in 2013 and signed an official contract in 2018.

But he's decided to leave football behind in an attempt to pursue a 'second dream' studying medicine, starting in September.

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The midfielder announced his decision on Instagram in a statement which reads: "When I was scouted by Feyenoord in 2013 and later signed my first professional contract, my dream of becoming a professional footballer came true.

"After 7 great years at Feyenoord, I informed Feyenoord today that I will leave the club to make my second dream come true, namely to become a doctor. I will start my medical studies in September of this year.

"Thank you Feyenoord, the staff of Feyenoord Academy and Key Sports for the wonderful training and guidance I have received from you.

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"And for my teammates: thanks for the friendships and everything we have been through together!"


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An incredible decision to be made at such a young age.

The 18-year-old attacker, who's scored for the Italian Under-17 team and been capped at Under-18 level, was most recently signed to Serie B side Pescara. Before that, he spent time as a youth player at AS Monaco.

However, this doesn't mean the end of Arlotti's career necessarily.

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The idea of promising athletes gaining college scholarships is of course common in US sports, unlike Europe.

But Harvard University is far more renowned as a respected seat of higher education than a destination for future sports stars.

So presumably Arlotti has decided his future lies in learning rather than football for the time being.

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Young footballers showing maturity of this level deserves to be commended.

We wish Splinter and Alessandro all the best in whichever career they follow.

Featured Image Credit: Splinter de Mooij/Instagram

Topics: Football, Feyenoord, Holland

Daniel Marland
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