From Every sphere of sporting history, if someone wants to identify the Greatest Muslim Athletes in the History of Sports for all time there will have found lots of pleasing names for presenting. In every category of sports in the world, the Muslim Athletes have acquired names and fame through performances and achievements.
They have Produced Greatest Basketball Players, Hockey Players, Boxers, Footballers, Cricketers, Sprinters, Wrestlers, Squash Players, Golfers, etc. Regarding the situation, the writers are always trying to find the Greatest Muslim Athletes on the basis of their performance consistency per season and achievements with their religious segment.
According to the above-mentioned criteria let’s have a look to some of the Top 10 Greatest Muslim Athletes in the History of Sports for all time.
Top 10 Greatest Muslim Athletes in the History of Sports ever
All the players are playing hungrily in both of their clubs as well as in their national teams to achieve the ultimate target; to become the champion among others. The list below is about the top 10 Greatest Muslim Athletes in the History of Sports ever on the basis of their actual performances, achievements, and religion.
- Amir Iqbal Khan
- Mohammad Javed Miandad
- Franck Ribery
- Shahid Afridi
- Jahangir Khan
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
- Imran Khan Niazi
- Mike Tyson
- Zinedine Zidane
- Muhammad Ali
NO.10 Amir Iqbal Khan
Amir Iqbal Khan is an English professional boxer who was born on December 8, 1986. This is a Pakistani from his father’s side but now he is the citizen of England.
He boxed in the lightweight division, where he held the WBO Inter-Continental, WBA International titles, and Commonwealth title also.
Amir had won the IBF Light Welterweight titles, four-time world championship titles in WBA (Regular) and twice in WBA (Super) titles.
He is the youngest British Olympic boxing medalist also. At the 2004 Athens Olympics, he won silver when he was just 17 years of old. He is one of the Greatest Muslim Athletes in the History of Sports.
NO.9 Mohammad Javed Miandad
Javed Miandad is a former captain of the Pakistan national cricket team was born on June 12, 1957. He was one of the leading run scorers in Pakistan Test cricket and seems as the greatest batsman Pakistan has ever produced. He is one of the Greatest Muslim Athletes in the History of Sports.
He is mostly known for his historic six in the last ball in 1986 against India at Sharjah. It was important for Pakistan because to win in an international game for the first time in that fashion.
After retirement, he had appointed as the head coach of the Pakistan national cricket team.
- Pakistan’s leading run scorer in Test history.
- Known as Pakistan’s Greatest Batsman Ever,
- Served as captain of Pakistan’s national cricket team.
NO.8 Franck Ribery
The French national team playmaker Franck Ribery was a phenomenon in the track of football. He was born on 7 April 1983. He was a player with a huge performance in the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014. His contribution was clearly attracting and attacking that tournament.
Besides the French national team, he played for the German soccer club Bayern Munich. He is mostly known for his excellent dribbling, great control with the ball at his feet, pace energy, great skill, and accurate passing, fast, tricky.
After his great contribution in Bayern, he has been recognized as one of the best French players of his generation. He is one of the Greatest Muslim Athletes in the History of Sports.
NO.7 Shahid Afridi
Someone may have an objection with this ranking for selecting Shahid Afridi as at number 7 in spite of many other legends. The reason is now an open matter that Afridi is not only popular inside the Pakistan national border, but he is as same famous in outside the country.
Shahid Afridi is most popular for his aggressive batting style and for a lot of international records including Most Number of Sixes, longest six in the history of cricket, scoring maximum (32) runs in one over, the fastest 100 in ODI’s (37 balls).
Shahid Afridi is popularly known “LALA” in his team members and as “BOOM BOOM” in his fans. He is one of the Greatest Muslim Athletes in the History of Sports.
NO.6 Jahangir Khan
Jahangir Khan is a former World No. 1 Professional Squash player of Pakistan. He was born in Karachi, on December 10, 1963. He was one of the greatest squash players in the history of it. At his age of just 17, he beat the Australian squash legend Geoff Hunt in 1981 and has become the world’s youngest athlete in this category.
A Legendary Pakistani Actor said that when he was facing immigration at Sydney Airport a person saw his passport & said to him “oh… you’re from Jahangir Kahn’s country” he is great. He is one of the Greatest Muslim Athletes in the History of Sports.
Jahangir Khan has won a consecutive 555 matches in his career until he was beaten by Ross Norman in the world open final held in Toulouse, 1986 and till now considered as the youngest champions in sporting history.
NO.5 Kareem Abdul Jabbar
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, a retired American professional basketball player is remembered as NBA’s all-time leading scorer. Kareem has converted to Islam in 1971. Then he decided to change his name from Lew Alcindor. Before converted to Islam He was a member of the Milwaukee Bucks as it was a part of his heritage.
In his career with NBA for two full decades, he has Won 6 MVP awards, 6 NBA Titles, 3x NCAA Champion at UCLA, 19x NBA All-Star and Still Owner of all-time scoring record (38,387 points). He is one of the Greatest Muslim Athletes in the History of Sports.
Achievements are as follow
- Highest Points Scorer in History of NBA (38,387 points).
- Most Valuable Player (6 Times)
- Won NBA Championship on 6 Occasions.
- NBA All-Star Team on 19th different occasions.
- Most Valuable Player in NBA Finals (2 Times)
NO.4 Imran Khan
The former Pakistani Legendary cricketer Imran Khan Niazi was born on 25 November 1952. He played under Pakistan national cricket for two decades in the late twentieth century. Imran Khan was the most successful captain in the history of Pakistan cricket by leading his country to victory at the 1992 Cricket World Cup. He is one of the Greatest Muslim Athletes in the History of Sports.
He has started his political career in Pakistan with his party after retirement from cricket. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf is his political party name.
He is also a cricket commentator, a prominent philanthropist, Chancellor of the University of Bradford and Founding Chairman of Board of Governors of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Center. He founded Namal College, Mianwali in 2008, through worldwide fundraising.
NO.3 Mike Tyson
The former American professional boxer Michael Gerard Tyson was born on June 30, 1966. Except for Muhammad Ali, Never before had one individual captured the attention of the wider world via sport. He was the model of the supreme gladiator called as unbeaten and unbeatable.
Mike Tyson converted to Islam during his time in jail. Before converted to Islam his career was hampered by controversies including rape charges, drug addiction, and bankruptcy.
He was an undisputed heavyweight champion of the world by creating the record as the youngest boxer after winning the WBA, WBC, and IBF heavyweight titles. He is one of the Greatest Muslim Athletes in the History of Sports.
NO.2 Zinedine Zidane
The former heroic French footballer Zinedine Zidane was an attacking midfielder of the national team from 1994 to 2006. Zidane hailed from an Algerian Muslim family born in France. He is a proud player in winning the FIFA World Cup 1998 for France. Zidane is famously known for his brightest career in Real Madrid. He is one of the Greatest Muslim Athletes in the History of Sports.
|Final championship||Total Goals||Personal achievements|
FIFA World Cup-1998,
UEFA European Championship:2000
Serie A-two times in Juventus.
UEFA Champions League-2001-2002 in Real Madrid.
-FIFA World Cup Golden Ball-2006.
-FIFA Player of the world-1998, 2000, 2003.
– Ballon d’Or-1998.
NO.1 Muhammad Ali
To find a great Muslim sports player you may search some common name first. In this shortlist you have to enlist the greatest Muslim athletes in the history of sports for all time the name will come first is Muhammad Ali the greatest. He was the Greatest Boxer who won every big Boxing Title Ever Born on Face of the earth.
He converted to Islam during the Civil Rights Movement and pledged allegiance to the Nation of Islam. In the history of heavyweight, Muhammad Ali beat more champions and top contenders than any champion.
Heavyweight kings Floyd Patterson (twice), Sonny Liston (twice), Ernie Terrell, Ken Norton (twice), Joe Frazier (twice), Jimmy Ellis, George Foreman and Leon Spinks all are defeated by him. He also defeated the light-heavyweight champs, Bob Foster & Archie Moore. Muhammad Ali achieved 1960 Light Heavyweight Olympic Gold Medal, Three-time World Heavyweight Champion.
In the long history of sports, there have born some numerous skilled players for different types of games. Every player has a great contribution in winning any champion’s trophy for a team. Of them, some Muslim players proved themselves as one of the Greatest Muslim Athletes in the History of Sports for all time in the world by their performances and achievements.