Experts fear that PREMIER League stars are at higher risk of ball-related memory loss than players of the past.
The danger is increasing because modern, plastic ball moves with greater speed and take the lead more often.
It will lead to an explosion in dementia cases unless action is taken, the researchers say.
Brain expert Professor Willie Stewart said the risk of dementia could be worse for players in the modern era.
“It’s an auto accident waiting to happen,” he warned.
Previous studies have shown that players from previous years are up to 5 times more at risk.
World Cup winners, including Jack Charltonare among those affected.
Professor Stewart is now enrolling 150 former professionals from the 1990s and 2000s to study at the University of Glasgow.
He told the Dementias 2022 conference in London: “Old balls are heavier when they are wet but they also move slower.
“Modern balls don’t absorb water and move quickly through the air – the speed of the ball is a bigger issue.”
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