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Top 40 Muslim Football Players

Updated on July 17, 2015

Top Islamic Football Players

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 or 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 leagus, 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

Name
Club
Nationality
Mesut Ozil
Arsenal
Germany
Samir Nasri
Manchester City
France
Franc Ribery
Bayern Munchen
France
Nicolas Bilal Anelka
West Brom
France
Frederic Oumar Kanoute
Beijing Guoan
Mali
Eric Abidal
Monaco
France
Demba Ba
Chelsea
Senegal
Papis Demba Cisse
Newcastle United
Senegal
Suley Ali Muntari
Ac Milan
Ghana
Edin Dzeko
Manchester City
Bosnia
Yaya Toure
Manchester City
Ivory Coast
Kolo Toure
Liverpool
Ivory Coast
Islam Feruz
Chelsea
Scotland
Hatim Ben Arfa
Newcastle United
France
Kareem Benzima
Real Madrid
France
Solomon Kalou
Lille
Ivory Coast
Abou Diaby
Arsenal
France
Mohamed Salah
Chelsea
Egypt
Ibrahim Afellay
Barcelona
Netherlands
Bacary Sagna
Arsenal
France
Marouane Chamakh
Crystal Palace
Morocco
Sami Khedira
Real Madrid
Germany
Nuri Sahin
Borussia Dortmund
Turkey
Adil Rami
Valencia
France
Andrea Ayew
Olympique De Marseille
Ghana
Youssouf Mulumba
West Brom
DRC
Jason Brown
Aberdeen
Wales
Mame Biram Diouf
Hannover 96
Senegal
Colin Kazim Richards
Blackburn Rovers
Turkey
Arouna Kone
Everton
Ivory Coast
Ali Al-Habsi
Wigan Athletic
Oman
Khalid Boulahrouz
Brøndby IF
Netherlands
Aly Cissokho
Liverpool
France
Armand Traore
Queens Park Rangers
Senegal
Mohamadou Diarra
free agent
Mali
Lassana Diarra
Lokomotiv Moscow
France
Morouane Fellaini
Manchester United
Belgium

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?

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