Football is one of the most diverse sports in the world, with players from all nationalities and religions taking part. But do you know the names of some of the top Muslim footballers in the world? Down some of the best Muslim footballers to bless the 2018 World Cup.

7. Marouane Fellaini -Belgium

Marouane Fellaini-Bakkioui, 30, will be playing for the Belgian side. Born in Etterbeek to Moroccan Muslim parents, from Tangier and brought up in Brussels; he has an identical twin named Mansour Fellaini. They are both Muslims by religion.

6. Sadio Mane -Senegal

One of the best signings of the 2016/17 season, Sadio Mane is a devout Muslim and a teetotaler. The Senegal man was one of the best players in Europe last season, and Mane credited religion with playing a huge role in his success.

5. Mesut Ozil -Germany

Ozil was obviously selected by manager Joachim Low in Germany’s final 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Ozil is a practicing Muslim. He recites from the Quran before his matches. Talking to the Berlin-based daily Der Tagesspiegel, Ozil said, “I always do that before I go out. I pray and my teammates know that they cannot talk to me during this brief period.”

4. Paul Pogba -France

One of the most marketable footballers in the world, Paul Pogba is a devout and practicing Muslim from birth. Still only 24, Pogba is considered by many to be a future Ballon d’Or winner and his potential and talent are what might lead the French side this year.

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