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Top 10 International Christian Footballers Committed To The Faith by Skillz92: 2:17am On Aug 13
Sometimes, when fortune and fame hits home, especially the one that comes with a highly successful international football career, it becomes a challenge keeping our values, beliefs and religion.

With an estimated two billion Christians in the world, you can expect there to be a large number of Christian football players in the world, right? Well, how many practicing Christians can you name, from the English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, and other international leagues?

Here is a list of top ten international footballers. These footballers have often time professed their allegiance to God either through their way of life, social media posts, or vows publicly made to God, and of course their goal celebration patterns.

Please note that this list is arranged based on a combination of the players’ public commitment to the Christian faith and their net worth.

10. Tim Howard


The former Everton goalkeeper is currently plying his trade at Colorado Rapids.

The United States international is an International Christian Footballers, who considers Jesus Christ most important in his life.

“The most important thing in my life is Christ. He’s more important to me than winning or losing or whether I’m playing or not. Everything else is just a bonus.”

He is also involved with Athletes in Action, a ministry arm of Campus Crusade for Christ.

9. EDISON CAVANI


The Uruguayan striker for several years has embraced the Christian faith and come to be part of that group of professional athletes in all discipline who share love for Jesus Christ and recognise him as the Lord and Saviour of their lives.

The official site of the Athletes of Christ explains, ‘These athletes have the responsibility to live a Christian life to the unanimous will of God in the world of sport’.
Cavani, who makes no secret of his faith decided to tell it all in a book he published titled ‘Quello che ho nel cuore. Vita, calico e fede, meaning ‘Series of Enlargements’.

8. STEPHEN PIENAAR

The Sunderland Midfielder and South African player literally wears his faith on his sleeve: on more than one occasion after scoring he has revealed a vest with the words- “God is great’’.

A strong Christian upbringing helped the 30 year-old Ex- Ajax, Borussia Dortmund and Spurs star, find Christ- “My Mum is a very committed Christian and was always on my case’’, he smiles. “No-one can force you to believe, though. I just listened at Church and everything made sense”.

And about the vest- “I wear the vest because God is truly great. He is on high. I believe he is with me and the angels are guiding me on the pitch and the vest is a way of acknowledging this”

7. DANIEL STURRIDGE



daniel Sturridge

The 28 year old Liverpool striker has revealed that he reads the bible every morning. He said his love for the book came from his parents who urged him to read it on Sundays.

According to him; “That was important for me growing up. It’s part of my routine and I do it every day”. After winning the Barclays player award of the month, he said “I do all through Christ who strengthens me”.

6. ANDRE INIESTA


Andre Iniesta

Andrés Iniesta Luján is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for FC Barcelona and the Spain national team. He serves as the captain for Barcelona.

The 33 year old player is married with kids and is often known to not only talk about his religion but also travel for pilgrimages.

5. JAVIER HERNANDEZ


Javier Hernandez

His pre-match routine sees him kneel on the halfway line with his palms outstretched. Popularly known as ‘Chicarito’. The 29 year old footballer plays for both his country (Mexico) and also recently transferred to West Ham United.

He is a devoted Roman Catholic. Javier once speaking about his faith said;

“I like to ask God to take care of me because he gave me the opportunity to play. I talk to God and I let him take care of the health of both teams because the worst things for a sportsman are injuries and there are a lot of accidents on that pitch that nobody wants.”

4. DAVID LUIZ


David Luiz

International football star and Chelsea defender vowed to abstain from sex until after he is married in an instagram post which included his baptism.

The International Christian Footballers posted a message alongside the picture which read “I have chosen to wait’. Luiz said he will abstain from sex until he marries girlfriend Sara Madeira, according to Telegraph
He then added; “How wonderful to live with you Lord, thank you for loving me so much and taking care of me! My life is yours and I am your servant! You are always in the centre of all my decision. I love my God! Amen”.

3. WAYNE ROONEY


Wayne Rooney

Rooney is an English football player, a Catholic, and appears to be quite religious. In the year 2002 he was seen wearing a rosary around his neck during practice and he was questioned by a reporter that what is it for-he replied – it’s my religion……”

The reporter stopped him saying “we don’t do religion here”. Luckily, Rooney who is an astute defender of the gospel replied saying “….. Right from my teenage I pray to God to win football games, now that I am an adult, I take my faith even more seriously…”


2. THIAGO SILVA


Thiago Silva

Though born desperately poor he lived near a dangerous shantytown in the city of Rio de Jameiro, he was able to overcome these hardships and achieve great success in the eyes of the whole world.

He is a professional soccer player; winning many prizes in the history of world’s soccer he has also been named as one of the top players in Europe for three consecutive times. This lifestyle of his shows he is committed to his career and dependent on God for heavy support.

1. KAKA


Kaka

Ricardo Izecson popularly called ‘Kaka’ is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Orlando city and also Brazilian national team. Kaká is a devout evangelical Christian who was an active member of the São Paulo-based Rebirth in Christ Church.

He removed his jersey to reveal an “I Belong to Jesus” T-shirt and openly engaged in prayer moments after the final whistle. He also had the same phrase, along with “God Is Faithful,” stitched onto the tongues of his boots.


In goal celebrations, he usually points to the sky as a gesture of thanks to God. KAKA’s first encounter with God happened after a near-paralyzing swimming pool mishap, he gave his life to Christ and after a full recovery from the pool accident which can only be God.

Kaka and his wife met in 2002 and were married 3 years later in 2005 and unlike majority of athletes; they were both virgins on their wedding day.

Here is our list of the top ten international footballers. Do you feel there is a Christian footballer left out? Why not add it in the comment section

SOURCE : http://praisebars.com/international-christian-footballers/

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Re: Top 10 International Christian Footballers Committed To The Faith by Desyner: 2:19am On Aug 13
heard 10% of Neymar dough goes to the church. Ain't he committed?

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Re: Top 10 International Christian Footballers Committed To The Faith by Skillz92: 2:22am On Aug 13
Desyner:
heard 10% of Neymar dough goes to the church. Ain't he committed?
Lol. Don't really think he is committed
Re: Top 10 International Christian Footballers Committed To The Faith by mazimee(m): 2:51am On Aug 13
Skillz92:

Lol. Don't really think he is committed


Lol, the truth is that some of them are like Neymar. Going to church and writing christian inspired inscription on their clothing is not commitment to the faith. It goes way beyond that . Most of them are like that because of their christian background.

Anyway, The shepherd knows his sheep, and the sheep hears his voice .

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Re: Top 10 International Christian Footballers Committed To The Faith by xreal: 3:06am On Aug 13
OP why?
I only opened this thread to see if I made the list, I am dissapointed.

Is it because I got committed after I sensed that my football career was over?

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Re: Top 10 International Christian Footballers Committed To The Faith by ebukahandsome(m): 5:41am On Aug 13
Wow since these bilonaires could acknowledge God and serve him, what of we that are yet to hit jackpot. we need to serve God in mind and truth.
Meanwhile, luiz, rooney and KAKA are bae.. Muah!!!

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Re: Top 10 International Christian Footballers Committed To The Faith by JusticeSeeker: 6:56am On Aug 13
Pastor Taribo West nko?

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Re: Top 10 International Christian Footballers Committed To The Faith by princecharles100(m): 7:08am On Aug 13
What of other Nigerian international football players nko,,,,,
Re: Top 10 International Christian Footballers Committed To The Faith by DebbyChris(f): 7:10am On Aug 13
Wow!! I am inspired
Re: Top 10 International Christian Footballers Committed To The Faith by NwaAmaikpe: 10:42am On Aug 13
shocked

Unfortunately all our Nigerian players rely on juju and their fake ages to excel in football.

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Re: Top 10 International Christian Footballers Committed To The Faith by sunshineV(m): 10:42am On Aug 13
Fucck. I don't make the list?


After all my commitment

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Re: Top 10 International Christian Footballers Committed To The Faith by CAPSLOCKED: 10:43am On Aug 13

HOW MANY LIKES FOR THE FAMILY?

TEAM GUNNERS! grin

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Re: Top 10 International Christian Footballers Committed To The Faith by tobdee: 10:43am On Aug 13
Good one
Re: Top 10 International Christian Footballers Committed To The Faith by kennyblaze007(m): 10:43am On Aug 13
Of all the football players,these are d only ones u tink are committed??
Re: Top 10 International Christian Footballers Committed To The Faith by Fernandowski(m): 10:43am On Aug 13
Rooney ?? Wey dey smoke and gamble ??


Include wiz khalifa too

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Re: Top 10 International Christian Footballers Committed To The Faith by seunny4lif(m): 10:43am On Aug 13
KAKA is the only person among them that is a pastor and don't party nor club.

Where is Pastor Taribo WestOP



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Re: Top 10 International Christian Footballers Committed To The Faith by orch4real(m): 10:43am On Aug 13
We should always have every reason to praise him!!!

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Re: Top 10 International Christian Footballers Committed To The Faith by MrImole(m): 10:43am On Aug 13
God is very great, it is shameful that some people are not aware.

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Re: Top 10 International Christian Footballers Committed To The Faith by SHOPPERS(m): 10:45am On Aug 13
Kaka has always been a surprise. Love that guy.

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Re: Top 10 International Christian Footballers Committed To The Faith by debque(m): 10:45am On Aug 13
so no taribo west.... Ooh pulease

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Re: Top 10 International Christian Footballers Committed To The Faith by CAPSLOCKED: 10:45am On Aug 13
MrImole:
God is very great, it is shameful that some people are not aware.


INDEED.

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Re: Top 10 International Christian Footballers Committed To The Faith by UgoFly: 10:46am On Aug 13
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Re: Top 10 International Christian Footballers Committed To The Faith by ivolt: 10:47am On Aug 13
MrImole:
God is very great, it is shameful that some people are not aware.

What is shameful in this age is that some people still think
that talking to an invisible sky daddy will help solve the
problem of disease, poverty and war.

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Re: Top 10 International Christian Footballers Committed To The Faith by Samfigo1(m): 10:47am On Aug 13
I may not know much about other Christian footballers, but for Kaka, that guy is a devout Christian... Shalom

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Re: Top 10 International Christian Footballers Committed To The Faith by UgoFly: 10:48am On Aug 13
What of Messi and Ronaldo? they make sign of the cross after scoring na
Re: Top 10 International Christian Footballers Committed To The Faith by olowobaba10: 10:48am On Aug 13
THAT'S GREAT, LET THEM KEEP IT UP
Re: Top 10 International Christian Footballers Committed To The Faith by Airee: 10:48am On Aug 13
How about Neymat?!

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Re: Top 10 International Christian Footballers Committed To The Faith by hopefulLandlord: 10:48am On Aug 13
MrImole:
God is very great, it is shameful that some people are not aware.

just like you're not aware Mbombo created the first man by vomiting

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Re: Top 10 International Christian Footballers Committed To The Faith by pointstores(m): 10:49am On Aug 13
Skillz92:
Sometimes, when fortune and fame hits home, especially the one that comes with a highly successful international football career, it becomes a challenge keeping our values, beliefs and religion.

With an estimated two billion Christians in the world, you can expect there to be a large number of Christian football players in the world, right? Well, how many practicing Christians can you name, from the English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, and other international leagues?

Here is a list of top ten international footballers. These footballers have often time professed their allegiance to God either through their way of life, social media posts, or vows publicly made to God, and of course their goal celebration patterns.

Please note that this list is arranged based on a combination of the players’ public commitment to the Christian faith and their net worth.

10. Tim Howard


The former Everton goalkeeper is currently plying his trade at Colorado Rapids.

The United States international is an International Christian Footballers, who considers Jesus Christ most important in his life.

“The most important thing in my life is Christ. He’s more important to me than winning or losing or whether I’m playing or not. Everything else is just a bonus.”

He is also involved with Athletes in Action, a ministry arm of Campus Crusade for Christ.

9. EDISON CAVANI


The Uruguayan striker for several years has embraced the Christian faith and come to be part of that group of professional athletes in all discipline who share love for Jesus Christ and recognise him as the Lord and Saviour of their lives.

The official site of the Athletes of Christ explains, ‘These athletes have the responsibility to live a Christian life to the unanimous will of God in the world of sport’.
Cavani, who makes no secret of his faith decided to tell it all in a book he published titled ‘Quello che ho nel cuore. Vita, calico e fede, meaning ‘Series of Enlargements’.

8. STEPHEN PIENAAR

The Sunderland Midfielder and South African player literally wears his faith on his sleeve: on more than one occasion after scoring he has revealed a vest with the words- “God is great’’.

A strong Christian upbringing helped the 30 year-old Ex- Ajax, Borussia Dortmund and Spurs star, find Christ- “My Mum is a very committed Christian and was always on my case’’, he smiles. “No-one can force you to believe, though. I just listened at Church and everything made sense”.

And about the vest- “I wear the vest because God is truly great. He is on high. I believe he is with me and the angels are guiding me on the pitch and the vest is a way of acknowledging this”

7. DANIEL STURRIDGE



daniel Sturridge

The 28 year old Liverpool striker has revealed that he reads the bible every morning. He said his love for the book came from his parents who urged him to read it on Sundays.

According to him; “That was important for me growing up. It’s part of my routine and I do it every day”. After winning the Barclays player award of the month, he said “I do all through Christ who strengthens me”.

6. ANDRE INIESTA


Andre Iniesta

Andrés Iniesta Luján is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for FC Barcelona and the Spain national team. He serves as the captain for Barcelona.

The 33 year old player is married with kids and is often known to not only talk about his religion but also travel for pilgrimages.

5. JAVIER HERNANDEZ


Javier Hernandez

His pre-match routine sees him kneel on the halfway line with his palms outstretched. Popularly known as ‘Chicarito’. The 29 year old footballer plays for both his country (Mexico) and also recently transferred to West Ham United.

He is a devoted Roman Catholic. Javier once speaking about his faith said;

“I like to ask God to take care of me because he gave me the opportunity to play. I talk to God and I let him take care of the health of both teams because the worst things for a sportsman are injuries and there are a lot of accidents on that pitch that nobody wants.”

4. DAVID LUIZ


David Luiz

International football star and Chelsea defender vowed to abstain from sex until after he is married in an instagram post which included his baptism.

The International Christian Footballers posted a message alongside the picture which read “I have chosen to wait’. Luiz said he will abstain from sex until he marries girlfriend Sara Madeira, according to Telegraph
He then added; “How wonderful to live with you Lord, thank you for loving me so much and taking care of me! My life is yours and I am your servant! You are always in the centre of all my decision. I love my God! Amen”.

3. WAYNE ROONEY


Wayne Rooney

Rooney is an English football player, a Catholic, and appears to be quite religious. In the year 2002 he was seen wearing a rosary around his neck during practice and he was questioned by a reporter that what is it for-he replied – it’s my religion……”

The reporter stopped him saying “we don’t do religion here”. Luckily, Rooney who is an astute defender of the gospel replied saying “….. Right from my teenage I pray to God to win football games, now that I am an adult, I take my faith even more seriously…”


2. THIAGO SILVA


Thiago Silva

Though born desperately poor he lived near a dangerous shantytown in the city of Rio de Jameiro, he was able to overcome these hardships and achieve great success in the eyes of the whole world.

He is a professional soccer player; winning many prizes in the history of world’s soccer he has also been named as one of the top players in Europe for three consecutive times. This lifestyle of his shows he is committed to his career and dependent on God for heavy support.

1. KAKA


Kaka

Ricardo Izecson popularly called ‘Kaka’ is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Orlando city and also Brazilian national team. Kaká is a devout evangelical Christian who was an active member of the São Paulo-based Rebirth in Christ Church.

He removed his jersey to reveal an “I Belong to Jesus” T-shirt and openly engaged in prayer moments after the final whistle. He also had the same phrase, along with “God Is Faithful,” stitched onto the tongues of his boots.


In goal celebrations, he usually points to the sky as a gesture of thanks to God. KAKA’s first encounter with God happened after a near-paralyzing swimming pool mishap, he gave his life to Christ and after a full recovery from the pool accident which can only be God.

Kaka and his wife met in 2002 and were married 3 years later in 2005 and unlike majority of athletes; they were both virgins on their wedding day.

Here is our list of the top ten international footballers. Do you feel there is a Christian footballer left out? Why not add it in the comment section

SOURCE : http://praisebars.com/international-christian-footballers/

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