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Famous Footballers Who Changed Their Religion

We know that footballers have different religions. Some footballers are Christians, some are Muslims while some practice other religions. Religion is one of the most sensitive part of one's life, whether he is a celebrity or not. We have heard stories of footballers who switched from one religion to the other due to specific reasons. In this article, we are going to look at top footballers who changed their religious beliefs and the reasons for their actions.

1. Nicolas Anelka (Christianity to Islam):

The French international was born in France in 1979. When he was 16, he converted to Islam through the influence of his childhood friends, and also took the name 'Abdul-Salam Bilal'. This is what he said, "I used to fast during Ramadan because I admired the people fasting around me. What made me convert was that I had that certainty that Islam was for me."

2. George Weah (Christianity to Islam to Christianity):

George Weah was regarded as one of the best African players of all time. He was born in 1966, and practiced Christianity before he converted to Islam. He practiced Islam for 10 years before he came back to Christianity.

3. Djibril Cisse (Islam to Christianity):

He was born in France in 1981. He converted to Christianity in 2007 under the influence of his wife. She was his hairdresser before she got married to him. They were married for seven years before they broke up in 2012.

4. Eric Abidal (Christianity to Islam):

Eric was born in 1979 in France and got married to an Algerian. He converted to Islam following his marriage to Hayet Kebir and he changed his name to Bilal Eric Abidal. 

1. Franck Ribery (Christianity to Islam):

Ribery was born in France in 1983. In 2002, he converted to Islam under the influence of his wife who was born in Algeria. This is what Ribery said, "Religion is my personal thing. I am a believer and since I converted to Islam, I think, I became stronger, I became mentally and physically stronger.


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