As the World Cup kicks off in Brazil Christian Today presents a (very attacking) XI of players who’ll be representing their countries there, and are open – to varying degrees – about their Christian Faith.
Tim Howard – Goalkeeper, USA
Like team-mate Brad Guzan, with whom he’ll compete for the goalkeeper’s jersey in Brazil, Howard is a strong evangelical Christian who has appeared in various evangelistic films and resources.
David Luiz – Defender, Brazil
Famously used to drive to training at his old club Benfica in a van with a ‘Christ is Life’ sticker on it, then at Chelsea laid hands on team-mate Fernando Torres live on Sky TV. Torres went on to score twice in a 5-0 win.
Thiago Silva – Defender, Brazil
Strong Christian who credits his recovery from tuberculosis to God. He told French channel Canal+ “I almost died from TB in Russia several years ago. God saved me.”
Wesley Sneijder – Midfielder, Holland
The Dutch midfield maestro – one of the stars of the last World cup – was baptised a Catholic after being influenced by his devoutly-religious wife, and Catholic team-mate Javier Zanetti.
Raheem Sterling – Attacking Midfielder, England
On a journey of faith after a wild-child period – he now tweets Bible passages and claims to pray before games. He told the Daily Mail: “When the time is right, I will fully be Christian. My mum is a big help, a big influence in that. Faith is an important thing for me. Every match day I put faith in God.”
Park Chu-Young – Striker, Korea Republic
Exciting attacker who, despite a frustrating period at Arsenal, told the Guardian: “The first and main reason why I play is to evangelize people. It would make me happy if just one person became interested in Christianity because of me.”
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SOURCE: Christian Today