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Is Samir Nasri Muslim?

Updated on December 19, 2015
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Is Samir Nasri a Muslim?

Is Samir Nasri a Muslim? I have heard this question asked many times about the French attacking midfielder who without doubt has had a successful career on a personal level although he hasn’t won many silverware. The short answer to this question is that Nasri is a Muslim but there remains a doubt whether he is a devout and practicing Muslim like Mesut Ozil does. I have already listed his name in a previously compiled list of 30 Muslim football players who are spread across European football leagues.

Background information

The 25 year old Marseille born attacking midfielder who currently plays for premier league champions Manchester city is of Algerian origin. He previously played for Olympic de Marseille and Arsenal before moving to his current employers. Both his father (Abdelhafid Nasri) and mother (Ouassila Ben Said) are French nationals but the Algerian connection comes from Nasri’s grandparents migrating from there.

Recently, he has become a scoring and passing machine. He has a natural ability to see the field and to pass and connect with his teammates. He also has a very powerful leg and can score using all parts of the net and from shooting from all parts of the field. He is a fierce competitor and is very good under pressure.

His Girlfriend: Tatiana Golovin
His Girlfriend: Tatiana Golovin

His Girlfriend

He is currently dating French tennis star Tatiana Golovin who is a Christian by faith. Tatiana Golovin was born in the Russian capital of Moscow but she attained French citizenship after moving to Paris with her parents at an early age. She is now a professional tennis player who fluently speaks French, English and Russian. Her family is all Christians and she has been raised to be a Christian since she was a young child.

She was ranked as high as #12 in the world in women's tennis, but an excruciating bout of lower back inflammation in 2008 has sidelined her indefinitely.

How They Practice Their Religions

Both Tatiana and Samir are relatively reserved with how they practice their religions. They are not overt and showy and they don't often talk about their beliefs to the press. However, they have both expressed sentiments that they believe faith is good for them. Their different religions have not caused major relationship problems.

It is widely considered that Samir is a non-practicing Muslim, but it's hard to define exactly what that means. He has been seen to cup his hands over his face in prayer before matches and he has said that he does fast during the month of fasting. He has spoken about the challenges that come from fasting and playing football, so it's obvious that he practices his religion to a degree and observes at least some of the teachings and principles of Islam.

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