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5 famous footballers who changed their religions

The list features a former Ballon d'Or winner and a Bayern Munich superstar.

Djibril Cisse
Djibril Cisse played for Liverpool, Sunderland and QPR in the Premier League

Every now and then, footballers grab the headlines for their performances on the pitch and more often than not, their activities off the pitch gives them the media spotlight. Many footballers have changed their religions to attain spiritual awakening during the early or later part of their lives and the majority of those changes have been from Islam to Christianity or vice versa.

Religion is one of the most sensitive and salient aspects of one’s life irrespective of whether he is a celebrity or not. The world sees people convert to other religions in search of bliss and serenity.

Here is a list of five famous footballers who converted to other religions:

#5 Djibril Cisse – Islam to Christianity

Djibril Cisse was born on 12 August 1981 in France. He followed Islam till the year 2007 and converted to Christianity. Cisse’s conversion to Christianity is believed to be under the influence of Jude Litter who was his wife at that point of time.

She was Cisse’s hairdresser and the couple were married at Bodelwyddan Castle, a ceremony which superstars like Steven Gerrard, David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane were invited. However, the couple divorced after 7 years of marriage in 2012. 

Cisse played for several clubs during his career including the likes of  Auxerre, Liverpool, Marseille, Sunderland, Panathinaikos, Lazio and Queens Park Rangers. Cisse unfortunately, broke both his legs during his career. The first of those leg breaks came in a Premier League game against Blackburn Rovers when he was playing for Liverpool and the second came when France was playing China in a warm-up match before the FIFA World Cup finals. Cisse retired in 2015 at the age of 34.

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