Highly rated young Italian footballer Alessandro Arlotti has reportedly quit professional football in order to study at Harvard University.
The 18-year-old youngster has been capped for his country at U-18 level was most recently signed to Serie B side Pescara. Before that, he spent time as a youth player for AS Monaco.
However, Arlotti has now walked away from football in Europe and has accepted his admission at Harvard, which is one of the most prestigious educational universities in the world.
Arlotti's Instagram description reads "Football player for Pescara & Italian national team". But his latest image is emblazoned with the Harvard University badge.
Well, we sincerely wish him the best for his future. Becoming a footballer is THE dream for majority of European youngsters, but Arlotti, who was living this dream had other plans too, which worked out well for him.
Although, this doesn't mean this could be the end of his professional football career.
Athletes gaining scholarships in major universities is something common in the United States. However, Harvard University is pretty different and unique when compared to all other Ivy League schools in the world.
It remains to be seen what happens with Arlotti in the future as we're sure we will hear more of him in the years to come in case he makes a return to the beautiful game.