Updated: Muslim Football Players Premier League 2017-18

Updated: Muslim Football Players Premier League 2017-18

The Premier League season this year 2017-18 is set to top the all-time transfer records, with huge fees being paid. And muslim football players are no exception to it!

We have the latest Premier Muslim footballer list for 2019.

Updated after January transfer 2018: There have been more new additions and deletions to the list below, Cenk Tosun and Serge Aurier of Everton and Spurs respectively. Not forgetting Beram Kayal of Brighton & Hove Albion and Badou Ndiaye of Stoke City. And there are a few more with the inclusion of Florent Hadergjonaj of Huddersfield town.

There has already been a few new muslim footballers transferred in, last year Paul Pogba was bought in by Manchester United for a record fee, we’ll take a look at how much and how many new muslim players have joined the Premier League for this season.

muslim footballers salah and mane prostrate after scoring. Image of Muslim Football Players in the Premier League.

Mohammed Salah & Sadio Mane of LFC prostrate after scoring. Picture courtesy of twitter/@TheAMF

Because the season has just started and the summer transfer window remains open till the end of August, there is a possibility of new players still arriving right up until the end of this month including Muslim ones too, I hope! I’ll update the list once the transfers are finalised at the beginning of September.

Now updated with all transfer post the January transfer window, here is the definitive list of Muslim Football Players in the Premier League! Enjoy and share.

As we always do every season we’ll go through each club and list all the muslim football players that are representing their clubs in the Premier League, and relevant information such as transfer fee, transferred from/to and any other notes for each player.

We created our first list of the players way back in 2012 and since then we’ve been the first to always publish the excellent list of Muslim Footballers twice every year to date with the exception of last year. So we’ve come a long way and with the help of organisations such as The AMF and other trusted sources we’re able to compile verified lists’ of Muslim Football Players. So a big shout out to those guys!

Premier League squad and player profile data primarily from the Premier League website.

AFC Bournemouth

  1. Asmir Begovic, 30. The Bosnian national goalkeeper moved from Chelsea FC for an undisclosed fee.
  2. Lewis Grabban, 29. The English forward has joined Sunderland F.C for a season long loan. Now on loan to Aston Villa.

Arsenal F.C

  1. Shkodran Mustafi, 25. This is his second season at Arsenal for the German defender having signed from Valencia last summer.
  2. Sead Kolasinac, 24. Bosnian international defender joined from Schalke (scored on his debut in the Community Shield).
  3. Mesut Özil, the 28-year-old midfielder is on his last year of his contract at Arsenal.
  4. Mohamed Elneny, 25. Third year for the Egyptian midfielder.
  5. Granit Xhaka, 24. Swiss midfielder he is the brother of Taulant who plays for the Albanian national side.

Brighton & Hove Albion

  1. Beram Kayal, 29 year old midfielder who is of Arab descent living in occupied Palestine.

Muslim Football Players in Chelsea F.C

  1. N’Golo Kanté, 26. The French versatile midfielder was voted the FA Players’ Player of the Year last year. He also performed Umrah this year.
  2. Abdul Rahman Baba, 23. Ghanaian international midfielder.
  3. Tiemoue Bakayoko, 22-year-old French international striker signed from AS Monaco.
  4. Antonio Rudiger, 24-year-old German defender also from AS Monaco.

Chelsea have four players who are Muslim in their squad, with Begovic moving to Bournemouth and Kurt Zouma moving to Stoke on loan (see below), Bertrand Traore completing his transfer to Lyon in France.

Crystal Palace

  1. Bakary Sako, 29 is a Malian international he plays in the midfield position.
  2. Mamadou Sakho, 27 the French defender formerly played for Liverpool.
  3. Pape Souare, 28 is a Senegalise defender.


  1. Idrissa Gueye, 27-year-old Senegalese international midfielder.
  2. Muhamed Bešić, 24. Bosnian international midfielder. Having made no appearances last season let’s see how he performs this year. Moved on loan to Middlesborough and Adlene Guediora of Middlesborough has moved to Nottingham Forest.
  3. Oumar Niasse, 27 also Senegalese like his team-mate Idrissa. Oumar plays up front as a forward.
  4. Shani Tarashaj, 22. Swiss forward spent last season on loan on Frankfurt.
  5. Cenk Tosun, Turkish Forward.

Huddersfield F.C

  1. Florent Hadergjonaj, Swiss defender.
  2. Abdelhamid Sabiri, Moroccan midfielder.

Leicester City F.C

  1. Yohan Benalouane, 30. Tunisian international defender who spent last season on loan at Italian club Fiorentina.
  2. Riyad Mahrez, 26. Algerian midfielder who is being linked with moves away from Leicester city.
  3. Ahmed Musa, 24. Nigerian international forward. On loan to CSKA Moscow.

Liverpool F.C

  1. Mamadou Sakho, 27 the French defender spent the entire last season on loan to Crystal Palace, his future is uncertain and is likely to move to another club before the window closes.
  2. Sadio Mane, 25. Senegalese midfielder.
  3. Emre Can, 23. German international of Turkish descent.
  4. Mohamed Salah, 25. The Egyptian midfielder who joined LFC this season from Roma.

Manchester City F.C

  1. Abdul-Nasir Oluwatosin (Tosin) Adarabioyo, 19-year-old English defender broke into the first team squad from their academy.
  2. İlkay Gündoğan, 26 German midfielder.
  3. Samir Nasri, 30 French midfielder.
  4. Yaya Touré, 34 Ivory Coast international midfielder.
  5. Benjamin Mendy, 23 French international defender.

Bacary Sagna has been released and is no longer with Manchester City.

Manchester United

  1. Paul Pogba, 24 French midfielder who was the record-breaking signing last season. Also was in Umrah during Ramadan.
  2. Marouane Fellaini, 29. Belgian international midfielder.

Adnan Januzaj has left Man UTD for an undisclosed fee to Real Sociedad.

Paul Pogba celebrates Eid in a mosque

Paul Pogba Celebrates Eid in a Mosque. Picture Twitter/@paulpogba

Newcastle United

The Premier League newcomers have a few muslim football players in their midst.

  1. Achraf Lazaar, 25-year-old Moroccan international defender.
  2. Massadio Haidara, 24. French defender of Senegalese descent.
  3. Mohamed Diamé, 30 Senegalese midfielder who moved from Hull City.
  4. Yasin Ben El-Mhanni, 21 midfielder. Recently in the news for rushing to help the survivors of the Grenfell tower tradegy.
  5. Islam Slimani, 29-year-old Algerian striker. On loan from Leicester.

Southampton F.C

  1. Sofiane Boufal, 23. Moroccan international midfielder.

Stoke City F.C

  1. Kurt Zouma, 22. French defender on loan from Chelsea F.C.
  2. Ibrahim Afellay, 31-year-old Dutch midfielder.
  3. Xherdan Shaqiri, 25. Swiss international midfield position.
  4. Ramadan Sobhi, 20. Egyptian midfielder.
  5. Mama Biram Diouf, 29. Senegalese forward was recently pictured performing Umrah.
  6. Badou Ndiaye, Senegalise Midfielder.

Bruno Martins Indi was on loan from Porto and has now returned. Mohamed El Ouriachi is in the under 23 squad.

Swansea City F.C

  1. Jordan Ayew brother of Andre also a striker.
  2. André Ayew, 27-year-old Ghanaian international midfielder. Moved from West Ham.

Tottenham Hotspur

  1. Moussa Sissoko, 27. French international midfielder.
  2. Moussa Dembélé, 30-year-old Belgian midfielder.
  3. Nabeel Bentaleb moved permanently to Schalke.
  4. Serge Aurier, Ivory Coast Midfielfer.

Watford F.C

  1. Younes Kaboul, 31. French defender.
  2. Nordin Amrabat, 30-year-old Moroccan midfielder.
  3. Abdoulaye Doucouré, 24. French midfielder.
  4. Valon Behrami, 32. Swiss Midfielder.

Essaid Belkalem and Adlene Guedioura have both left the club.

West Bromwich Albion

  1. Ahmed Hegazi, 26-year-old Egyptian defender has joined on loan from Al-Ahly.
  2. Nacer Chadli, 28. Belgian midfielder.
  3. Ali Gabr, Egyptian defender.

West Ham United

  1. Sofiane Feghouli, 27. Algerian international midfielder.
  2. Cheikhou Kouyate, 27. Senegalese international midfielder.
  3. Diafra Sakho, moved permanently to Rennes.

Currently there are 53 Muslim football players in the Premier League, with the transfer window still open there is still a few chances of more incoming as well as a few leaving too.

On a separate note: there were a few articles published by some newspapers that claimed Romelu Lukaku was a Muslim and because of his Muslim faith he wasn’t able to handle alcohol, this has since been proven wrong and they have since apologized for their shabby journalism!

This blog post is dedicated to:

To our brothers, Cheick Tioté who returned to Allah earlier this year (May Allah grant him Jannah) and Abdelhak Nouri, who is in hospital in a coma. And all the Muslims and non that returned to Allah one year ago in Ramadan in the Grenfell Tower fire.

And finally here’s my 11 just made of Muslim footballers in the Premier League, do you agree?

muslim footballers in the premier league line up 2018 image

By |August 6th, 2017|Football|40 Comments

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  1. abah 10/09/2017 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    where muslim players in Huddersfield,Swansea and Brighton?

  2. Harry Potter 14/09/2017 at 12:17 am - Reply

    Hazard, Arda Turan, Sulaimani, Ibrahimovic, Ali Daie, khadira, makshim, Adil Rami, Ribery, Alfintof, Benzima, Bin Afra & Islam Feruz

  3. samkamal 30/10/2017 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    Antonio rudiger is not muslim

    • Palestino 25/02/2018 at 8:13 pm - Reply

      He is, look it up

  4. zrul 02/11/2017 at 2:48 am - Reply

    Leroy sane’s dad, Sulaiman Sane is a muslim from senegal, is he a muslim?

    • Faisal 29/12/2017 at 5:48 am - Reply

      yes in an interview at mirror.co.uk he admitted that he never touched alcohol and prayed 5 times a day.

      • Dim 09/05/2018 at 5:03 pm - Reply

        Please link??

  5. mehdi 22/11/2017 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    where is Ngolo kante ??

  6. bubacarr 28/11/2017 at 11:02 am - Reply

    where is Ngolo

  7. Mourad Rouchdy 10/12/2017 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    You forgot Raheem Sterling of Man City

    • Rob Brown 12/12/2018 at 1:42 am - Reply

      Raheem Sterling is not a Muslim. He’s a Christian, born in Jamaica.

  8. Mohammed Farah 28/12/2017 at 10:29 am - Reply

    how sure are you about Bakayoko and Rudiger

    • Abu Zainab 01/01/2018 at 10:19 am - Reply

      They’re both a part of the Muslim footballers association.

  9. Sadiq 29/12/2017 at 10:35 am - Reply

    Wow best Islamic players .. Raheem sterling also a muslim .

    • ezic 07/07/2018 at 5:01 pm - Reply

      no he isnt

  10. ibadurahman2180@gmail.com 01/01/2018 at 8:35 am - Reply

    you forgot Eden hazard, he is a Muslim and also his brother is imam in Belgium!!

  11. Daniel Brown 05/01/2018 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    Are Muslims allowed tattoos?

    • Hashim 07/01/2018 at 8:49 am - Reply

      no tattoos allowed in Islam but (to the best of my knowledge) some of them might have had it when they were not practising Muslims… thus it can be seen/visible now. They may have turned a new leaf now, insyaAllah. Allah knows best.

  12. Adnan 17/02/2018 at 9:08 am - Reply

    Sterling is not a muslim. He s a catholic

  13. Hassane 13/03/2018 at 12:24 am - Reply

    Raheem sterling is a Muslim… i just saw him today reading Al Fatiha when he was entering in the stadium against stock city !

    • Jonathan 13/04/2018 at 10:50 pm - Reply

      Raheem is a Christian because i know him from back home in jamaica at cassava piece which is in kingston so dont try and correct me and his nick name is raz so dont say im lying

  14. a 20/03/2018 at 8:05 am - Reply


  15. Zoheb 03/04/2018 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    You forgot Eden Hazard, Raheem Sterling, Leroy Aziz Sané, Dele Alli

  16. suleiman alemu 05/04/2018 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    sure! the total number of Muslim players in English premier league this year is around 57.

  17. Mahbub Rayhan 11/04/2018 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    Is Mkhitaryan muslim?

  18. Isa bin Lawrence 21/04/2018 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    Asaluum alakuum my brothers,and sisters,Subhan Allah. Let not fight over this , it is not becoming of a true Muslim. Lets just say if your not sure ask the person in question ok. There are a few players I did not know were Muslim and even if one had grown up with someone does not mean that person did dot revert . We must remember we as a people were ALL Muslim as far as faith goes at one time or other., Jaza`k Allah my bothers and sisters

  19. Angel 30/04/2018 at 11:22 am - Reply

    Is dele Alli a practicing Muslim???

    • AbdulIsa 31/07/2018 at 9:48 pm - Reply

      Delli Ali is a christian. I saw him wearing a cross necklace in his Instagram Picture when he was a kid.

  20. Sulemana Dawuda 01/05/2018 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    Please brothers and ssters in Imam, Salamualeekum,
    pls i have a worry about Abdul Raheeem Sterling’s faith,
    Are you really sure he is a muslim??

    • Abu Zainab 03/05/2018 at 8:37 pm - Reply

      His name is not Abdul Raheem, and no where in the blog post does it say he is Muslim.

  21. awais 22/05/2018 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    Firstly Dele Alli dad is a muslim not him
    same is said for Sane
    Sterling is a catholic
    My team would be:
    GK: Begovic
    LB: mendy
    CB: Rudigar
    CB: Zouma
    RB: Aurier
    CDM: Kante
    CM: Pogba
    CM: Ozil
    LW: Hazard
    RW: Mane
    ST: Salah

    • Nawed 23/03/2019 at 8:08 am - Reply

      hazard? Is he a Muslim?

  22. Rasjaffari 08/07/2018 at 8:52 am - Reply

    Raheem Sterling is a Jamaican Christian…

  23. Ahmad shaykh 15/07/2018 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    My team SHAYKH CITY

  24. Fahas Ali v v 26/07/2018 at 2:55 am - Reply

    Is naby keita a musliM

  25. Harry 11/08/2018 at 10:59 pm - Reply

    Even Eden hazard is muslim. How can you leave him out

    • Cazzone 25/08/2018 at 1:29 pm - Reply

      He is not muslim

  26. Cazzone 25/08/2018 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    Yohan Benalouane is not muslim

  27. Ousmane Tall 02/09/2018 at 11:39 pm - Reply

    Mendy is not a muslin

  28. Ricky Ricardo 07/10/2018 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    On wikipedia Raheem Sterling mention that when he’s ready he will be a Christian,that’s in 2014, however anyone can change his religion in matter of hours much less 4 years. Today 10/7/18 the game against Liverpool I saw him making supplicant in the muslim traditional way, with both hands open upward…

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