5 footballers who converted to other religions
Once you’ve become a public figure, you can kiss goodbye to your private life. Your every move and life’s choices, for instance like which religion you practice, will be known to the public. Find out which footballers converted to other religions in this article.
1.Eric Abidal (Christianity to Islam)
Abidal is a former defender for Monaco, Barcelona and Lyon. He started his career with AS Monaco FC and retired in 2014 for personal reasons. In 2003 he got married to Hayet Kebir, a Muslim gymnast. Not long after their marriage, Abidal converted to Islam. In an interview, he confessed that “All the natural progress. Options converted to Islam, not because of my wife, but a gift that had suddenly appeared. It really happened there. Flowing away and made me feel happy. I embraced Islam with full confidence,”.
2.Djibril Cisse (Islam to Christianity)
Cisse currently is playing for A.C. Vicenza 1902 as a striker. In the past, he had played for Lazio, Bastia and Liverpool. Born a Muslim, Cisse converted to Christianity in 2007. It is believed that he was influenced by his then-wife, Jude Litter who was also his hairdresser. They got married in 2005 and have three children, Cassius, Prince Kobe and Marley Jackson. In 2014, they announced their divorce.
3.Nicholas Anelka (Christianity to Islam)
Retired in 2015, Anelka was born a Christian. He converted to Islam when he was just 16 years old by the influence of his childhood friends. He also changed his name to Abdul-Salam Bilal. In an interview, he said; “I was sixteen when I converted to Islam, beyond the fraternal aspect, my conversion did not change my life. I was already living by the same principles — being righteous, having values. 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.”
4.Frank Ribery (Christianity to Islam)
Often known for his pace and energy, Ribery is a French professional footballer who plays for Serie A club Fiorentina. He converted to Islam by the influence of his wife Wahiba. Ribery was quoted saying, “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. Religion did not change my personality or my perception of the world. I pray five times a day, I do it because it enables me to be released and I feel better afterwards,”.
5.George Weah (Christianity to Islam to Christianity)
Currently a Liberian politician, Weah is a former professional footballer who played for A.C Milan, Monaco and Manchester City. He practised protestant Christianity before converting to Islam. After 10 years of being a Muslim, he converted back to Christianity. In an interview, he said that he hopes Muslims and Christians can find peace and also stated that they are “one people.”