In La Liga, some incredible Muslim players have shown their amazing skills with dedication on the football field. Talking of great performances, these players are one of the best In their current team.
Even on the field, their faith is as strong as their love for the game. In this guide, I will share with you the top 10 best of these Muslim players who are currently proving to be the most promising among thousands of Muslim players In the League.
Let’s dive right In.
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1. Ferland Mendy
Ferland Mendy plays the left-back position for Real Madrid, and he is one of the most promising Muslim In Laliga. Mendsy is a practicing Muslim who takes his faith seriously.
During Ramadan, you won’t find him reaching for snacks, as Mendy is all about fasting. And no, you won’t catch him sporting any tattoos either; it’s against his Islamic beliefs.
Mendy’s journey to football fame began at Le Havre during the 2016–17 Ligue 2 season, where he made a solid 35 appearances.
His skills caught the eye of Lyon, and in 2017, he signed a five-year deal, setting them back €5 million plus a potential €1 million in bonuses.
In 2019, Real Madrid admired him, and they snagged him for €48 million, potentially rising to €53 million based on performance bonuses.
Debuting in September 2019, Mendy became a fixture in the Real Madrid lineup. He even netted his first goal in July 2020, contributing to a 2–1 victory over Granada.
But it’s not just about domestic glory; Mendy left his mark in the Champions League too. In February 2021, he scored an important goal against Atalanta, and in 2021–22, he made a game-saving goal-line clearance against Manchester City, securing Real Madrid’s spot in the Champions League final.
2. Arda Güler
Arda Güler, the young gun making waves in La Liga. He’s a left-footed attacking midfielder with the ability to move through defenses, operating seamlessly on the right wing to unleash powerful shots and craft game-changing passes.
According to the stats gurus at Whoscored, he’s not just creative; he’s a set-piece maestro and a tricky player, earning him the local nickname of “Turkish Messi.”
He’s got a solid defensive game, which makes him a modern-day hardworking midfielder. However, his football journey started at Gençlerbirliği, but it wasn’t long before he joined the youth ranks of Fenerbahçe in 2019, dreaming big.
In January 2021, Güler signed a professional contract with Fenerbahçe, sparking whispers of wunderkind potential. The 2021–22 season saw him making his senior debut, leaving a mark with great assists and even claiming the title of Fenerbahçe’s youngest goalscorer in Süper Lig’s history in March 2022.
Big European clubs, including Arsenal, Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona, and PSG, took notice of his potential.
In the 2022–23 season, Güler was handed the iconic number 10 jersey at Fenerbahçe after Mesut Özil’s departure. His on-field performance was nothing short of spectacular, scoring two goals in his first match of the season.
Güler continued to impress, scoring in European competitions and putting in a standout performance in the Turkish Cup final.
On July 6, 2023, Güler dropped a bombshell on Instagram that he was leaving Fenerbahçe for Real Madrid. The La Liga giants secured him with a six-year contract, breaking the bank with an initial payment of €20 million, well beyond his release clause. Why? Güler, true to his roots, wanted Real Madrid to help raise funds for his former club.
3. Eduardo Camavinga
Eduardo Camavinga is the young talent who’s been turning heads in Laliga, and he is one of the best Muslim players In the league.
This guy started his journey at Rennes’ youth system when he was just 11, and on December 14, 2018, at the age of 16 years and one month, he inked his first professional contract, which made him the youngest pro player for Rennes at the time.
His professional debut came in April 2019, in a thrilling 3–3 draw against Angers, making him the youngest player ever to grace Rennes’ first team at 16 years and six months.
Camavinga made history on August 18, 2019, with an assist and a man-of-the-match performance in a 2–1 victory against Paris Saint-Germain.
At just 16 years and 281 days, he became the youngest player to provide an assist in Ligue 1. Adding to his accolades, he won the UNFP Player of the Month award, making him the youngest to bag that title.
His first goal for Rennes came on December 15, 2019, in the 89th minute against Lyon, securing a 1–0 win. Talk about stepping up when it matters!
Real Madrid came calling on August 31, 2021, announcing Camavinga’s signing until June 2027. His debut for the Los Blancos in a 5–2 win over Celta Vigo was fantastic, scoring a goal shortly after coming off the bench.
Three days later, he made his debut in the Champions League, assisting Rodrygo for the winner against Inter Milan. Camavinga kept making progress in 2022, with a game-changing goal against Real Sociedad, which helped Real Madrid secure a 4–1 victory.
On May 28, 2022, he made a substitute appearance in the UEFA Champions League final, helping Real Madrid snatch the title with a 1–0 win over Liverpool.
And the story doesn’t end there. On May 9, 2023, he provided an assist to Vinícius Júnior in the Champions League semi-final, setting a record as the youngest to do so in the competition’s semi-finals at 20 years and 180 days. Real Madrid recognized his skills and extended his contract until June 2029 on November 7, 2023.
4. Lamine Yamal
Lamine Yamal has been making headlines in Barcelona, this kid looks very promising. He started in La Masia, Barcelona’s youth academy, and everyone quickly realized he was something special.
Even before signing a professional contract, he caught the eye of none other than Xavi, who invited him to train with the first team in September 2022.
On April 29, 2023, Yamal made his debut for Barcelona’s first team at just 15 years, 9 months, and 16 days old. He replaced Gavi in a 4–0 win against Real Betis, which made him the youngest player to step on the field for Barcelona.
The kid even registered a shot on target against former Barcelona keeper Claudio Bravo. At just 16 years and 38 days, he became the youngest starter for Barcelona in La Liga.
Fans gave him a standing ovation in his first start, and he lived up to the hype by contributing to two goals in a thrilling 4–3 victory over Villarreal.
The young lad is setting records In Laliga. He made his Champions League debut on September 19, 2023, in a 5–0 win over Antwerp, becoming the second youngest player in the competition’s history.
Two days later, he extended his contract with Barcelona until 2026, with a jaw-dropping buyout clause of €1 billion. That’s the kind of faith Barcelona has in this kid.
And the records keep coming. On October 8, 2023, Yamal scored his first goal in a 2–2 draw with Granada, and he became the youngest goalscorer for Barcelona in La Liga history.
He even made his mark in El Clásico, appearing as a substitute and becoming the youngest player for Barcelona since Ansu Fati in 1941.
On December 4, 2023, Yamal was awarded the inaugural Golden Boy The Youngest trophy, identifying him as the youngest player nominated for the Golden Boy award. A proud moment for the teenager, even though he couldn’t make it to the ceremony due to school commitments.
5. Yuri Berchiche
There’s something I so much appreciated about Yuri Berchiche, serious defensive skills. In 2018, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) let him go, and Athletic Bilbao happily welcomed him with open arms for a cool €19 million, plus a potential extra €6 million in the mix.
This wasn’t just a short fling; the contract ran until 2022, which featured a release clause that could scare off even the most determined suitors, a whopping €100 million.
Berchiche has been hitting the ground. In only his second league appearance, he found the back of the net, helping his team secure a 2–2 draw against SD Huesca.
The real highlight, though, came in March 2020 during the Copa del Rey semi-final second leg against Granada CF. Berchiche scored a vital goal, moving his team forward on the away goals rule.
That victory not only secured a spot in the delayed 2020 Copa del Rey final but also punched their ticket to the 2020–21 Supercopa de España, which they won by outclassing FC Barcelona.
However, it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Berchiche faced a setback with a thigh injury against Barcelona, which caused him to miss key matches, including the 2020 Copa del Rey final and the 2021 edition against Barcelona, where they suffered a 4–0 defeat.
Battling persistent public issues, he underwent surgery in July, sidelining him for three months. Despite the setbacks, Berchiche committed to Athletic, extending his contract until 2024 in October.
6. Boubakary Soumaré
Boubakary Soumaré is a rising star from Paris to Sevilla. In his early days, Soumaré kicked things off at Paris FC, where he showed promise from 2006 to 2011.
He then joined the Paris Saint-Germain Academy. His time at PSG included eight appearances for the B team in 2017, but the call of destiny led him elsewhere later that year.
On July 7, 2017, Soumaré signed a three-year deal with Lille. His professional debut in Ligue 1 showcased his skills, contributing to a 3–0 victory over Metz on November 5, 2017.
Lille’s survival in Ligue 1 at the end of the 2017–18 season triggered a two-year extension to Soumaré’s contract. Soumaré’s defining moment with Lille was on May 5, 2019, when he scored his only goal in a thrilling 2–2 away draw against Lyon.
The football world took notice. On July 2, 2021, Leicester City secured Soumaré’s talents for an undisclosed sum, signing him on a five-year contract.
His debut for the Foxes in the FA Community Shield against reigning champs Manchester City on August 7, 2021, marked a promising start.
Now, Soumaré finds himself wearing the colors of Sevilla. On September 1, 2023, he signed a loan deal for the remainder of the season.
7. Nabil Fekir
Nabil Fekir, the French maestro who’s been one of the best Muslim players in La Liga. In July 2019, Fekir made a move to Real Betis, signing a four-year deal for a cool €19.75 million, with an extra €10 million in the combination for good measure.
Real Betis’ gain also involved Lyon, as 20% of any future Fekir sale would go back to his former club. The deal even included a family twist, Fekir’s younger brother, Yassin, made the switch between the two clubs.
Fekir’s La Liga adventure started with Betis in August 2019. He scored his first goal in a 5–2 tussle against Barcelona, and he displayed his skills and commitment to the green and white.
However, Fekir’s journey was not without its ups and downs. In February 2020, he found the net against Barcelona again but saw red after receiving two yellow cards.
The drama continued as Fekir faced more ejections, including a brief 11-minute appearance in April 2021 before getting sent off against Athletic Bilbao.
Regardless of these challenges, Fekir played a pivotal role in Betis securing sixth place in La Liga, which earned them a ticket to the Europa League.
In 2021, Fekir made headlines for the wrong reasons, getting sent off in a 4–0 loss against Bayer 04 Leverkusen. His season had its highs, too, with Fekir scoring essential goals in Betis’ Copa del Rey triumph.
The Seville derby was especially eventful, with Fekir’s goal leading to chaos in the stands. Nevertheless, the rollercoaster took a sharp turn in November 2022 when Fekir, along with teammates and opponents, got sent off in a heated derby draw with Sevilla.
In February 2023, Fekir faced a major setback with an anterior cruciate ligament injury, ruling him out for the rest of the season.
8. Youssef En-Nesyri
Youssef En-Nesyri, the goal-scoring powerhouse at Sevilla. In January 2020, Sevilla made a smart move, signing him from Leganés for a cool €20 million, then he announced himself, debuting in a 2–1 loss to Real Madrid and scoring on his first start against Celta Vigo.
In the UEFA Europa League, he was a game-changer, scoring a critical equalizer against CFR Cluj and netting a goal in a 2–0 victory over Roma.
His contributions played a vital part in Sevilla clinching the 2020 UEFA Europa League. The striker didn’t shy away from the big moments.
In the UEFA Champions League, he declared his arrival with a brace against Krasnodar and another double against Rennes.
In January 2021, he notched hat-tricks against Real Sociedad and Cádiz in La Liga. In a Seville derby against Real Betis, En-Nesyri scored the winning goal.
His prolific form continued, reaching a milestone of a hundred matches played for Sevilla in April 2021. Later that month, he became the highest-scoring Moroccan in La Liga history with a goal against Levante.
In the 2022–23 UEFA Europa League, he showed his brilliance with a brace against Manchester United and the winning goal against Valencia.
His heroics extended to the Europa League semi-finals against Juventus, where he scored Sevilla’s first-leg goal. The scoring saga continued in the 2023 UEFA Super Cup, where En-Nesyri netted a goal in a 1–1 draw against Manchester City, although they eventually lost in penalties.
And who can forget his historic moment in the UEFA Champions League against PSV, where he became the best Moroccan scorer with nine goals, surpassing Marouane Chamakh? Recognition followed, as En-Nesyri was nominated for the 2023 African Footballer of the Year.
9. Djibril Sow
Djibril Sow is a Swiss footballer holding down the fort in the midfield for Sevilla. He was born on February 6, 1997, and he’s the defensive midfielder you want on your team.
His professional journey began with Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2016 and he made his debut in the DFB-Pokal, where he came on in the 88th minute against VfB Stuttgart.
The game ended with a sweet 2–0 victory for Gladbach. In June 2017, Sow found his way back to Switzerland, and he signed a four-year deal with Young Boys for a reported €1.7 million.
Sow became part of the Young Boys squad that won the 2017–18 Swiss Super League title after a 32-year dry spell. Eintracht Frankfurt secured Sow until 2024.
But the real deal happened in August 2023 when Sevilla, the La Liga giants, decided they needed Sow in their midfield. They signed him for €10 million later, and Sow signed up for a five-year stint.
10. Umar Sadiq
Umar Sadiq is a Nigerian Super Eagle striker with promising talent but a story of setbacks and comebacks. On September 1, 2022, he sealed a deal with Real Sociedad, where he signed on until the end of the 2027–28 season.
Just two days later, he scored his first goal on his debut in a 1–1 draw against Atlético Madrid. On September 11, during a La Liga match against Getafe, Sadiq faced an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury.
They did a surgery which ruled him out for the entire season. During the 2023–24 La Liga campaign, Umar Sadiq was back In action, and he played his first game against Girona with a 1–1 draw.
His UEFA Champions League debut against Inter Milan saw him coming off the bench in the 72nd minute, that’s not bad for a comeback.
On November 26, 2023, Sadiq smashed a 449-day goal drought with a stunner against Sevilla. He received the ball, moved past two Sevilla players, and unleashed a rocket into the top corner.
The guy knows how to make a goal memorable. And just to show it wasn’t a fluke, less than a week later, he did it again. Another spectacular goal, this time against CA Osasuna.
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