If Evertonians are wondering whether Frank Lampard will understand their club, they can at least be reassured that he’ll at least be able to understand what ‘Nil Satis Nisi Optimum’ means.
Speaking exclusively to the ECHO during Everton’s managerial search, Blues legend Neville Southall declared: “We’ve got to live up to our motto but at the moment we’re not.”
Lampard grew up in an environment very different to the streets that surround Goodison Park, and was one of the few professional footballers to attend public school (Brentwood in Essex) where he attained 11 GCSEs, including his famous A* grade in Latin.
As he once recalled in an interview with FourFourTwo magazine: “I was pretty studious at school.
“I wasn’t the most naturally intelligent kid in the class, but I was fortunate to go to a very good school where they pushed you hard, and like most things I didn’t want to let anyone down, so I revised hard for my exams.
“I got that A* in Latin, but I can’t remember much of it now, just the common verbs. If I see a football club motto in Latin I can work it out, though.”
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Wasn’t the most naturally intelligent kid in the class? Even with the bar being set high at Lampard’s exclusive institute of learning it seems as though he is being modest.
Back in 2009 – the year in which Lampard netted the winning goal for Chelsea against Everton in the FA Cup final – the west London outfit’s club doctor Bryan English dished out IQ tests to all of the first-team players and the midfielder scored well over 150.
English said: “Frank Lampard scored one of the highest sets of marks ever recorded by the company doing the tests. And higher than me.”
According to reports, such a rating puts Lampard not far behind the likes of legendary physicist Albert Einstein and Microsoft founder Bill Gates, both recorded as having IQ scores of 160.
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The average British person scores 100 and Lampard’s result would mean that he is among the most intelligent 0.1 percent of the world’s population and could get into Mensa.
Lampard has also used his brain power to write a number of children’s books with the ‘Frankie’s Magic Football’ series.
Away from the game, the 43-year-old formerly owned ‘The Pig’s Ear’ (Cockney rhyming slang for beer), Chelsea’s oldest pub, with his father Frank Lampard senior, and although they sold the business back in 2018, Lampard still owns the freehold for the Old Church Street building.
From 2015-17, he also featured as a team captain against Bradley Walsh on the ITV comedy panel show Play to the Whistle, hosted by Holly Willoughby.