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Top 40 Muslim Football Players

Updated on April 9, 2020
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Is retired French footballer Thierry Henry Muslim?
Is retired French footballer Thierry Henry Muslim?

Many football fans across the world wonder which footballers in the top European leagues are Muslim. I know religion isn't important in football, baseball, or any other sport (it's performance that matters), but it doesn't hurt to know which of the world's famous soccer players are Muslim.

Without a doubt, there are hundreds of Muslim footballers out there. This article lists those who play in competitive leagues, like the English premier leagues, Spanish Laliga, German Bundesliga, Italian Serie A, and French League 1. There is speculation that Robin Van Persie, Thierry Henry, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are Muslim, but I do not include them in this list because they have not confirmed that they follow the Islamic faith.

Mesmut Ozil

German footballer Mesmut Ozil plays for the English club Arsenal and for the German national team.
German footballer Mesmut Ozil plays for the English club Arsenal and for the German national team. | Source

Muslim Footballers in Europe's Top Clubs

Mesut Ozil
Samir Nasri
Manchester City
Franc Ribery
Bayern Munchen
Nicolas Bilal Anelka
West Brom
Frederic Oumar Kanoute
Beijing Guoan
Eric Abidal
Demba Ba
Papis Demba Cisse
Newcastle United
Suley Ali Muntari
Ac Milan
Edin Dzeko
Manchester City
Yaya Toure
Manchester City
Ivory Coast
Kolo Toure
Ivory Coast
Islam Feruz
Hatim Ben Arfa
Newcastle United
Kareem Benzima
Real Madrid
Solomon Kalou
Ivory Coast
Abou Diaby
Mohamed Salah
Ibrahim Afellay
Bacary Sagna
Marouane Chamakh
Crystal Palace
Sami Khedira
Real Madrid
Nuri Sahin
Borussia Dortmund
Adil Rami
Andrea Ayew
Olympique De Marseille
Youssouf Mulumba
West Brom
Jason Brown
Mame Biram Diouf
Hannover 96
Colin Kazim Richards
Blackburn Rovers
Arouna Kone
Ivory Coast
Ali Al-Habsi
Wigan Athletic
Khalid Boulahrouz
Br√łndby IF
Aly Cissokho
Armand Traore
Queens Park Rangers
Mohamadou Diarra
free agent
Lassana Diarra
Lokomotiv Moscow
Morouane Fellaini
Manchester United

Marouane Chamakh

Marouane Chamakh is a Moroccan footballer who plays for the English club Crystal Palace and for the Moroccan national team.
Marouane Chamakh is a Moroccan footballer who plays for the English club Crystal Palace and for the Moroccan national team. | Source

What Do You Think?

While fans only truly care about how players perform, it can be insightful to learn about a player's personal life and choices. There are so many talented players who didn't make this list, and there is healthy debate and discussion over any sort of list like this. What do you think? Are these the top Muslim football players in the world?

Should fans be interested in a footballer's faith?

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