Athletes are someone that can inspire and entertain people at the same time. Muslims have proved to be prominent in every field from education to sports. Muslim athletes have took the world by storm at many occasions. Of all the Muslim athletes that have ever lived, ten of the best ones are mentioned below.
1. Muhammad Ali
Who does not know Muhammad Ali? He is a world class boxed who has made his mark all around the globe. He was born in 1942 and he entered the international boxing ring for the first time in 1960. He fought in 61 matches during his career of which, he won 56 matches. He was named as the winner of World Boxing Championship for 14 times and what makes his wins so remarkable are that 10 of them were consecutive. He also won a gold title at Olympics for Rome in 1960’s world Olympic Games.
2. Imran Khan
Anyone who is interested in cricket has to know about Imran Khan. Imran Khan was the Pakistani skipper during the 1990s. He went on to become the captain of Pakistani team and under his leadership, Pakistan won the 1992 world cup. This is the only world cup Pakistan has ever won till date. Imran Khan was an all-rounder and he showed his magic with the ball and bat both. He played 88 test matches during his career in which he made 3807 runs. He took 362 test wickets during his test career.
3. Zinedine Zidane
Zidane is a Muslim footballer who played for France during the start of this century. He played more than 500 matches during his career and he scored 95 goals in his club career. When playing for the National team, he scored 31 goals in 108 matches that he took part it. He was in the team when France won the world cup title in 1998 and later when they proceeded to the finals in 2006. At the moment, he is serving as the coach for Real Madrid.
4. Karim Abdul Jabbar
Kareem is a top notch basketball player who is a role model for every player today. In his presence, his team won 6 NBA titles. He has been named 19 times as All Stars in the National Basketball Association. He was also named six times as the most valued player in the Association. He played for two decades and during this time, he was the best Muslim player in the association.
5. Javed Miandad
Javed Miandad is another Pakistani cricket player on the list. He played at the same time for the team as Imran Khan did. He was also present in the team during the time of winning of the world cup by the national team. He made a whopping 8000+ runs during his 124 matches career. He also played in the ODI and made 7000+ runs in his 233 matches career. Throughout his career, his average scoring run rate was 41.70.
6. Mike Tyson
Mike Tyson played from 1981 to 2005. During his career, he won many championships and he is the only player to have the record for being the youngest and the oldest championship winner in boxing. He has won WBC, IBF and WBA during his career. He was only twenty years old when he won his first championship in boxing. In 19 of the games he won, he knocked out the opponent. He also holds the record for being the oldest boxing championship winner at the age of 42.
7. Shaquille O’Neal
Shaquille O Neal is another Muslim athlete who won hearts and made his team proud. In his 23 year career, from 1966 to 1989, he was part of the winning team four times. Also, he made the spot in All stars for 15 times. He also won the Olympic gold title for Canada in 1996 and stunned the audience with his remarkable game play.
8. Bernard Hopkins
Bernard Hopkins is an American boxer who has won many boxing titles. He won 9 WBA titles during his career. During his career, he played in 66 matches of which he only lost 10. Also, 32 of his wins were a complete knock out.
9. Jahangir Khan
Another Pakistani on the list is Jahangir Khan. However, he is not a cricket player and is rather a squash player. In his 10 years of playing squash, he won six Open Titles in a row. His family, now, is also following his path and they represent Pakistan in squash championships. Making the country proud, they always come out with flying colours.
10. Marat Safin
Marat Safin is a Russian tennis player who has the honour of being the only tennis player, having won two grand slam singles. One of this was in 2000 in the US Open and the second time, he won it in 2005 in Australian Open. Of the 422 matches that he has played, he has won 267 matches. During his career, he was at No. 1 for quite a while in the list of best tennis players.
All these players have made their mark in the world and they have showed the world that Muslims are not behind in any field.