Karim Benzema performs Umrah, and it’s capturing everyone’s attention. Whenever a Muslim football practices its Islamic ritual, it grabs everyone’s attention all over the globe.
It’s not new for most football fans, but Karim made it to headline for various reasons.
Ex-Real Madrid player Karim Benzema joined Al-Ittihad a few months ago and shocked everyone with the stunning move.
No one saw that coming then, and now Sadio Mane joined him.
Apart from Benzema, Mane also performed Umrah after moving to Saudi League.
Karim Benzema Performs Umrah
Karim Benzema, Al Ittihad captain, and Ballon d’Or winner, has had a fantastic season in the Saudi Po League and is enjoying his time there. The famous athlete, a devoted Muslim, posted a video of himself conducting Umrah in Makkah early Monday.
While sharing the video on his Instagram and X platforms, the former Real Madrid footballer said: “Mashallah, the best of the best. Alhamdulillah [praise be to God].”
Benzema filmed the video while circumambulating or completing Tawaf (seven anti-clockwise rounds of the Kaaba while dressed in an ihram (white garment). In French, he captioned the photo, “Very happy.” Millions of people saw the video.
This is not the first time Benzema performed Umrah. In 2016 he visited Saudi Arabia and completed the pilgrimage.
Sadio Mane Also Performed Pilgrimage
Sadio Mane, a newly recruited Al Nassr player, also undertook the Umrah pilgrimage barely hours after making his debut for the club on Thursday, August 3.
Sadio Mane went to perform Umrah right after playing his first match with Cristiano Ronaldo at Al Nassr. Other Muslim footballers from his team joined him too, perks of playing the league in Saudi Arabia. Ma Shaa Allah 🇸🇦♥️pic.twitter.com/IzZn0bK0Eb— Farid Khan (@_FaridKhan) August 4, 2023
In a viral video, Mane was shown embarking on this voyage with several of his Muslim colleagues, including former RC Lens captain Seko Fofana.
Saudi Arabian football teams have recruited many significant names, beginning with Cristiano Ronaldo last year and continuing with Karim Benzema, Jordan Henderson, and Sadio Mane this year, despite attempts to attract Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi.
According to one of its senior administrators, the Saudi Pro League is “determined to be a success” and will continue to recruit some of the greatest names in sports.
Apart from Ronaldo, Al Nassr has signed Croatia midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, Brazil full-back Alex Telles, and Ivory Coast midfielder Seko Fofana this summer.
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