Five Most Prominent Muslim Footballers
#3 Nicolas Anelka
The temperamental former Chelsea and Shanghai Senhua striker has been a much travelled player, playing for over 10 clubs in Europe and even China, and winning the English FA Cup and Premier League, Serie A, and the UEFA Champions League. However unlike most players featured here, Anelka was not born into Islam. He converted into the religion in 2004 in UAE, and adopted the name Abdul-Salam Bilal. But it seems that his spiritual side had failed to reign in his more volatile side, when he was suspended from the France national team for 18 months by the French Football Association after their disappointing exit from the 2010 World Cup, during which he was reported to have shouted expletives at the Head Coach, Raymond Domenech.