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Top 40 Muslim Football Players

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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.

Muslim Footballers in Europe's Top Clubs

NameClubNationality

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.

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?