Football is considered as one of the biggest sports in the world. Countries from all around the globe play this fast-paced sports. In the past, there have been very few Muslim men to have played this exciting sport professionally. But that is not the case now. Currently, we have a whole bunch of Muslims players who are playing this sport and some of those are actually considered the very best in the world of football. Out of those, we have shortlisted the best 5 Muslim players in the footballing world.
5 Best Muslim Footballers in the World 2018
Mohammad Salah Ghaly (Born 15 June 1992) is an Egyptian professional football player who plays as forward, mainly as a right winger for Liverpool Football Club and Egyptian National team. He started his professional footballing career with El Mokawloon club. Soon he left the club and was bought by Chelsea F.C as a youth prospect but soon he after he was loaned to A.S Roma and eventually ended up playing for Liverpool F.C and almost led them to become the winners of UEFA Champions League winners but he could not even complete a single half due to a dislocated shoulder. In past one year, Mohammad Salah has broken some of the major records in the English Premier League which involves records like “Most Goal scored in a single EPL season and Most goals scored by an African Player in an EPL season. Mohammad Salah is a practicing Muslim who can be seen making Dua before the start of the game and performing Sajoods after scoring goals.
Mesut Özil is a German footballer of Turkish descent, born on 15th October 1998. He currently plays for Arsenal football club and German national football team as an Attacking Midfielder for both the teams. He started his professional footballing career with Schalke F.C in Bundesliga but left the club in 2008 to join Werder Bremen. He signed a contract for Real Madrid in 2010 and became one of their most important players and played an important role in winning them the La Liga season in 2011-2012. His major achievement in football is to win the football world cup in 2014. Currently, he plays for Arsenal F.C and is one of their most reliable players. He is a practicing Muslim as well. He recites Holy Quran before his matches. In an interview, he said, I always pray before going the pitch and my teammates respect that by leaving me alone during this time.
Paul Labile Pogba is French footballer born on 15th March 1993. He plays for French National football team and Manchester United. He started his career at Manchester United but soon after, he was sold to Juventus Football Club where he won Seria A 4 times and reached the final of UEFA Champions League 2014-2015. He was then bought back by Manchester United F.C for a record fee (at that time) of 105 million euros. He won Europa Cup with Manchester United in the 2016-2017 season. He is selected in the French Football team squad for the World Cup 2018 and is considered one of their main players. He was introduced to Islam by his mom and has performed a couple of Umrahs too. He has two elder brothers who play football as well.
Born as Franck Henry Ribery but later adopted the name Bilal Yusuf Mohammed after his conversion. He is a retired French international player and a current player of F.C Bayern Munich. Ribery is famously known for winning a treble with Bayern Munich and being nominated for the FIFA Ballon d’Or award in the year 2013. He also played the FIFA world cup final in 2006. He is known for his fast-paced style of play in the wing position.
Sadio Mane (born 10 April 1992) plays for Senegal National team and Liverpool F.C. Sane along with Salah were two of the major reasons for Liverpool reaching the final of UCL Champions League. He also helped his national team qualify for the world cup 2018. He is also a practicing Muslim.