Surprise is not only found in love affairs, football has many of these too. We see footballers on the pitch kicking a ball around, but behind, we never see some of the things that set them apart. Some are army officers while others have played an awful amount of football.

Today, Footyholic brings you a list of seven players and an astounding fact you probably didn’t know about each of them. Read on.

Steve Mandanda, he is born in a family of Goal keepers.

Mandanda has three young brothers all of whom are goal keepers, Parfait who plays for Charleroi, Raffi who turns up for AC Ajaccio and Ever who stands in the sticks at Lusitanos Saint-Maur.

Christopher Katongo, a Sergeant in the Zambian Army


The legendary AFCON winning Chipolopolo captain serves full-time as an army man in his Native Zambia.

Peter Ndlovu, the first African to play in the Premier League

The Zimbabwean, now team manager of Mamelodi Sundowns joined Coventry City in 1991 before the EPL was rebranded. In 1992, he became the first African to kick a ball in the Premier League.

Samuel Eto’o, he published his own comic book autobiography

The legendary Barcelona and Cameroon striker released the first volume of his comic book autobiography which tells his childhood story of selling fish on the streets of Douala.

Lakhdar Belloumi, one of the world’s most capped footballers.

The Algerian is a member of the elite club of players who have featured more than 100 times for their national teams.

Papiss Demba Cissé, African player with the most goals in a single Bundesliga Campaign

 

While at SC Freiburg, Cissé scored 22 goals in the 2010-11 Bundesliga season, only second to Mario Gomez who had 28 goals. He also won the award for being the most efficient striker in the league that season.

Nwankwo Kanu, the first man to have a coveted trophy cabinet

Kanu became the first man to ever win the English Premier League, The FA Cup, The UEFA Champions league and the UEFA Cup (now called the Europa League). No man, or woman for that matter, had achieved this feat before. The Invincible became the first.

Do you know any player who you think should be sneaked onto this list? Let us know in the comments below.