In the English Premier League, you’ll find a host of superstars who are more likely to be at prayer after a match than in the pub chasing a few liquid moments of celebration.
It’s a tribute to England’s diverse culture that its citizens don’t often notice in day-to-day life. After all, what’s the point of being cosmopolitan if you have to flaunt it?
Nevertheless, it’s fascinating to see these top players in the English Premier League who are Muslim.
15. Marouane Fellaini, Manchester Untied
Something of a controversial figure, Marouane Fellaini has been playing for Manchester United ever since he was brought on by David Moyes. He was something of a panic buy and his start was rocky, but now the Belgian is becoming a fan favourite even if he’s still not starting every match.
14. Asmir Begovic, Chelsea
Asmir’s a Bosnian national and while many players who don’t start regularly may be considered low quality – being Chelsea’s second string goalkeeper is anything but low quality. He must occasionally wish that Thibaut Courtois would take a day off though, so that he could get his chance to shine in front of the fans.
13. Yaya Toure, Manchester City
Yaya Toure hails from Africa’s Ivory Coast which is a firmly Muslim country. He moved to Manchester City from the Spanish side Barcelona in 2010. He quickly established himself as a player who can really boss the midfield and while in recent years he’s slowed down a bit – he was once a powerhouse.
12. Mamadou Sakho, Liverpool
Mamadou Sakhou was a regular starter for Liverpool following his signing from Paris Saint-Germain. But he’s been a bit off color in recent months and new boss Jurgen Klopp doesn’t seem to have him at the forefront of his plans for a new attacking Liverpool this year.