Islam is called the religion of peace. Islam has 1.8 billion adherents according to a study in 2015, which means about 24.1 per cent of the world population believes in this religion. Muslims definitely have tremendous significance in the world’s history and there is a number of world-class Muslim footballers who have entertained the fans throughout their career and still doing so. In this article, we will discuss about the top 10 Muslim football players in the world of all time.
# Top 10 Muslim Football Players In The World (2022 Update):
10) Riyad Mahrez:
The Algerian playmaker is in the 10th spot in our list. Mahrez is currently playing for English Premier League giant Man City. He is such an intelligent footballer and is known for his speciality in taking superb set-pieces. He has won the EPL title a couple of times and also helped Algeria winning the Africa Cup of Nations. Almost everyone knows that he is a Muslim and is of a calm nature.
9) N’Golo Kante:
The World Cup winner with France is standing on the 9th spot. Simply a good and humble person. In addition to this, you will hardly find a hater of this guy. However, Kante is currently playing for the EPL heavyweights Chelsea FC.
8) Sadio Mane:
Another brilliant footballer and rather more a kind person, Sadio Mane is at the 8th position. He is a proud Muslim and has been involved in so many charity activities. Moreover, he has recently won the UEFA Champions League title with Liverpool and has finished at the 4th spot in the Ballon d’Or list.
7) Franck Ribery:
He is not a Muslim by birth. But the sensational winger converted from Christianity to Islam in 2002. In fact, his wife played a crucial role to influence him to make such a move. Ribery is a Bayern Munich legend but after leaving the Bundesliga giants he is playing for Fiorentina at this moment.
6) Mohamed Salah:
One of the most popular Muslim football players of the current generation. The Liverpool winger is a hard option to handle for the defenders but a soft kind of person. Along with Mane, he also finished within the top 5, in the Ballon d’Or list. What is special about this guy is his speed with the ball in his feet.
5) Karim Benzema:
Another French man to make the cut in this list. Benzema is a by birth Muslim. He plays for Spanish giants Real Madrid and has so many trophies with the Spanish capital-based side. Although he has been dropped from the national team squad by Didier Deschamps, his goal-scoring record proves, how much skilful striker he is!
4) Zlatan Ibrahimovic:
This guy is special, both as a footballer as well as a person. One of the most clinical goal scorers of the modern era, Zlatan was born to a Muslim father but his mother was a Catholic. So most of you will be surprised to see his name on the list.
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3) Paul Pogba:
Yet another French national football team representative. Pogba is one of the most talented midfielders of the recent time and is a proud Muslim as well. He seemed to post-religious posts on social media on a couple of occasions. Pogba is holding the 3rd position on the list of top 10 Muslim football players in the World.
2) Mesut Ozil:
The name all of you were searching for. The German playmaker who starts his days by reciting the holy Al Quran. He is simply an Allah lover and often plays while fasting during the Ramadan. Ozil plays for EPL side Arsenal and also won the prestigious FIFA World Cup with Germany.
1) Zinedine Zidane:
Who else but the Zizou to top the chart. Simply the greatest Muslim footballer ever to play the game of football. He is a Real Madrid legend and also a World Cup winner with the France national team.
Famous Muslim Players 2023:
Some other famous Muslim players in 2023 are:
Achraf Hakimi, Yassine Bounou, Hakim Ziyech, etc.