5 Famous Football Players Who Converted to Christianity
Footballers are some of the most talented athletes on the face of the earth. Despite their great achievements and abilities most soccer players attribute their success to God. These same players are also not shy to show off their faith while on the football pitch. From pointing to the heavens or bowing their head down to worship their creator during goal celebrations, players always try to find ways to display their faith. It’s not uncommon to find footballers of different faiths, but today we take a look at a few football players who specifically converted to Christianity.
1. Djibril Cisse
Cisse is an ex-France international, who on his hay day was one of the most gifted strikers in Europe. Djibril has played for many top European clubs like AJ Auxerre, Olympique Marseille and Liverpool FC. It was with the latter that the French striker achieved his highest silverware winning the UEFA Champions League trophy in 2005 after a hotly contested penalty shootout in which he scored. Cisse was born in France to Ivorian and Guinean parents and through their influence was a practicing Muslim. Djibril would later convert to Roman Catholicism after marrying his ex-wife Jude Littler.
2. Sammy Kuffour
The former Ghanaian international was one of the best defenders in the German Bundesliga during his time with Bayern Munich. Kuffour won many titles during his time with the Bavarian giants, including leagues, cups, and a UEFA Champions League trophy. Sammy credits his Christian faith, which he converted to soon after the unfortunate death of his daughter for helping him pull out of depression.
3. George Weah
The President of Liberia and former Liberian national team player is arguably one of the best players to come out of the African continent. Weah, to date is the only African to have been awarded the prestigious Ballon d’Or award for the best footballer in a calendar year. George also played for many great clubs and won titles along the way. Weah, though born into a Christian family, converted to Islam before converting back to Christianity.
4. Linvoy Primus
Primus is a retired English footballer most remembered for his time with Portsmouth FC when they were in the English Premier League. During his time with the port city side, Linvoy formed an impressive defensive partnership with former England international Sol Campbell. Primus is a committed Christian and credits his wife and family friends for converting him.
5. Sean Davis
Sean is a retired English footballer most remembered for his stint with English club sides Fulham FC, Tottenham Hotspur FC, and Portsmouth FC. Davis credits his then-teammate, Linvoy Primus for helping convert him to Christianity.