a football player, especially a member of a college or professional team.
Chiefly British. a soccer player.

1875–80; football + -er1 Unabridged
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football (ˈfʊtˌbɔːl)
1.  a.  association football rugby Australian Rules American football See Gaelic football any of various games played with a round or oval ball and usually based on two teams competing to kick, head, carry, or otherwise propel the ball into each other's goal, territory, etc
 b.  (as modifier): a football ground; a football supporter
2.  the ball used in any of these games or their variants
3.  a problem, issue, etc, that is continually passed from one group or person to another and treated as a pretext for argument instead of being resolved: he accused the government of using the strike as a political football

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Example sentences
No one ever accused the former footballer of being especially bright.
The resulting pictures were then shown to fans of the footballer's team to see
  if they could identify him.
The footballer does not know math, yet everyone would agree that he is the true
One contributor has commented that a footballer has to be highly innovative
  when playing and does not use science.
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