A Muslim male is also made their mark in history as far as sports are anxious. It is quite inspirational and amazing. Here is a list of top 10 best male athletes that might be you not know. This list is full of Muslim and some other athletes’ names that are the best all time. After reading this, you must understand them and appreciate them. So, let’s take a look.
1- Bernard Humphrey Hopkins, Jr.
He was born on January 15, 1965, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US. He is an American Professional boxer who formerly fights at middleweight and recently at light heavyweight. He is 20 times World middleweight champion from 1994 to 2005. In 1994, he won the International Boxing Federation title, and after that added in the World Boxing Association, World Boxing Council, and The Ring titles in 2001. After winning the title of World Boxing Organization in 2004, he became the first man to hold that all four award.
He converted to Islam after release from the jail in 1988.
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2- Michael Gerard “Mike” Tyson
He is famous with he nicknamed ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’, ‘Kid Dynamite’, and ‘Iron Mike’. He also an America professional boxer and born on June 30, 1966. He held the particular world heavyweight championship and at the age of 20 he wins the World Boxing Council (WBC), World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Federation (IBF).
He is the only heavyweight boxer who successfully amalgamate these three titles. He has been recruited into the World Boxing Hall and International Boxing Hall of celebrity. He fights total 58 fights and wins 50, 40 he wins by knockout.
3- Shaquille Rashaun O’Neal
Nicknamed Shaq, born March 6, 1972. He is a retired American professional basketball player. According to a TV report, he is known as one of the heaviest players ever to play for National Basketball Association (NBA), listed at 2.1m tall and weighing 147 kg.
He wins various achievements; the 1992-93 NBA Rockie of the year award, 1999-2000 MVP award, the 15 All- Star game Selections, the 3 Finals MVP awards, the 2scoring titles, the 3 All-Star Game MVP awards, 3 NBA All-Defensive Team and 14 All-NBA team selections.
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4- Hakeem Olajuwon
He is famous with his nickname ‘The Dream’ and born on January 21, 1963. He is retired Nigerian-American professional basketball players. He supposed the centre position in the NBA and guided the Rockets to nonstop NBA championships in 1994 and 1995. In 2008, he was introduced into the Basketball Hall Of Fame.
He is well thought-out one of the greatest centers to play the game still. His achievement: 2 times NBA champion, twice the Defensive player of the year, 12 times All-Star, two times NBA Finals and Olympic Gold medalist.
5- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a retired American professional basketball player who played 20 seasons in the NBA for the Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks. He was born on April 16, 19647. He also played a role in the various movies like Airplane, One of the Shoulders of Giants and more.
Achievements: 6-time NBA Most Valuable Players, 15 times All-NBA selections, 11 times All-Defensive Team member and 19 times All-Star NBA. He was also all-times leading scorer in the NBA and was pleased while one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA history. He was selected to be US global cultural ambassador, in 2012.
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6- Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali (RIP), nicknamed ‘The Greatest’ was born on January 17, 1942, Louisville, Kentucky, USA and he was died on June 3, 2016. He was the former American professional boxer and Olympic player and one of the most well-known and celebrated heavyweights in the 20th-century history of the sport.
He starts his career at the age of 12 years, and when he was 18, he got the first gold medal in the light heavyweight fight at the 1960 summer Olympic, Rome. He was turned into Islam shortly after his first fight. In 1964, when he was 22 years old he won the WBC and WBA heavyweight titles.
Awards: BBC ‘Sports Personality of the Century’, Grammy Nominated Album, Sports Illustrated ‘Sportsman of the Century, CSHL Double Helix Medal Honoree (2006), 3-time lineal heavyweight champion, Presidential Citizens Medal, Presidential Medal of Freedom, International Boxing Hall of Fame, 5 time Ring Magazine fighter of the year.
7- Gnegneri Yaya Toure
He is known as Yaya Toure and was born on May 13, 1983, Bouake, Cote d’Ivoire. He is a professional soccer player who plays as a central midfielder for Premier League Club Manchester City and Capitan of the Ivory national team. He has spent his most time as the box-to-box midfielder for country and club and got the world’s best player reward.
He was chosen African Footballer of the Year continuously for 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. He also played for Barcelona and was part of it’s historic 2009 that he won the six trophies in a year. He got popularity for the goals in the 2011 FA Cup Semi-final and final.
8- Mesut Ozil
He was born on October 15, 1988, Gelsenkirchen, Germany. He is playing for the English club Arsenal and the German national team. He has been a member of a youth national team since, 2006 and since 2009, a member of the German national team.
In 2010 FIFA World Cup he became the attention of international and was nominated for Golden Ball Award and also awarded to the tournament’s best player. In 2013, he became the most expensive player of the German when he was moved to the English club.
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9- Shareef Abdur-Rahim
He is a former American professional basketball player who was born on December 11, 1976, Marietta, Georgia, USA. He was the Director of the player personnel for the Sacramento Kings of the NBA and also General Manager of the Reno Bighorns. Last time he played for Kings.
He was the player of both forward and center positions. He left the University of California after one year to enter. He got the Men’s basketball medals.
Awards: NBA All-Rookie First Team (1997), Third-team All-American – AP, NABC (1996), NBA All-Star (2002), Pac-12 Player of the Year (1996), Pac-10 Freshman of the Year (1996), First-team All-Pac-10 (1996).
10- Papiss Demba Cisse
He is a Senegalese footballer who plays as a striker for Newcastle United and the Senegal National team. He was born on June 3, 1985, Dakar, Senegal. He holds the record for most goals scored by an African in a single Bundeslia campaign 2010-2011.
During this period he also won the s4 award for being the most efficient striker in the league. Papiss has earned over 30 caps for Senegal and played for the country at the 2012 and 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.