29 footballers who will be observing 2018 Ramadan while on duty

29 footballers who will be observing 2018 Ramadan while on duty

Following the start of the Holy month of Ramadan on Thursday, May 17, Muslims world over will be fasting from dawn to dusk for a period of 30 days.

This poses particular difficulty for international footballers who will have to continue with their arduous training regimes whilst abstaining from drinking and other unholy things.

Fortunately, players observing their fast during Ramadan will be glad to know that World Cup 2018 will be kicking off on Thursday, June 14, which will be one of the last days of fasting.

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Pogba, Salah, Ozil and 26 other footballers who will be observing Ramadan while on duty

Sadio Mane of Liverpool prays before the Premier League match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on May 6, 2018 in London, England. Photo: Getty Images

NAIJ.com managed to compile a comprehensive list of high profile players who will brave the fast while gearing up for the World Cup and other remaining club games and finals of the season.

1. Paul Pogba - Manchester United

2. Karim Benzema - Real Madrid

3. Mesut Ozil - Arsenal

4. Emre Can - Liverpool

5. Stephen El Shaarawy - AS Roma

6. Sadio Mane - Liverpool

7. Antonio Rudiger - Chelsea

8. Sami Khedira - Juventus

9. Frank Ribery - Bayern Munich

10. Bacary Sagna

11. Ilkay Gundogan

12. Mohamed Salah - Liverpool

13. Edin Dzeko - AS Roma

14. Moussa Dembele - Tottenham

15. Marouane Fellaini - Manchester United

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16. Nuri Sahin - Borussia Dortmund

17. N'Golo Kante - Chelsea

18. Moussa Sissoko

19. Serge Aurier - Tottenham

20. Hatem Ben Arfa

21. Riyad Mahrez - Leicester City

22. Mamadou Sakho

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23. Kurt Zouma

24. Ahmed Musa - Leicester City

25. Granit Xhaka - Arsenal

26. Sofiane Feghouli

27. Shkodran Mustafi - Arsenal

28. Ibrahim Afellay - Stoke City

29. Xherdan Shaqiri - Stoke City

Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported how Salah is now turning his superb performances on the pitch to his faith as he will be lighting up the Muslim world with dedicated ‘Mo Salah’ lanterns to mark next month’s Ramadan.

The tradition of such lanterns stretches back more than 1,000 years and they were first used to light the path for the Calish when he arrived.

Ramadan is a 30-day fast which is compulsory for all Muslims in the world according to the Holy Quran and also as mandated by Prophet Mohamed (S.A.W).

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