The true meaning of Christmas – “Top 10 Christian Footballers”

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Christmas is all but here. I hope you’ve done your present shopping! For some, that is what Christmas is about, presents. However, for others, there is so much more to the festive period than just presents and a Turkey dinner.

Christians believe that Christmas is a time to be joyful and to celebrate that God sent his son on earth to live among us to save us all. As it’s Christmas, I thought it would be fitting to look at those who have a faith and see where they rank in our “Top 10 Christian Footballers” list.

A new faith and football website, Cross The Line looks at both football news and also gives you a chance to look at the Christian faith within football. I challenge you to take a look and have a read.

Is there more to the Christmas season? I’ll leave that to you!

But as promised – our top 10 Christian Footballers! Did you know some of these were Christians?

1) Edinson Cavani

Club: Paris Saint Germain (PSG)
His life of faith: The Uruguayan poacher is a member of www.atletidicristo.org, a website for the ‘Athletes of Christ’ along with fellow greats such as Lucio and Kaka. He also detailed in his book ‘What I have in my heart’ about his faith and how approaching Jesus has changed his life.

2) David Luiz

Club: Paris Saint Germain (PSG)
His life of faith: ‘Sideshow Bob’ was seen several times during his time at Stamford Bridge praying for the likes of Fernando Torres pre-match and wore a shirt reading ‘God is faithful’ after the Champions League final win over Bayern. He ranks Kaka as his sporting source of                     inspiration in living out his faith.

3) Radamel Falcao

Club: Manchester United
His life of faith: When the striker is back in his native Colombia he is a Youth Group leader at his Evangelical Church in Buenos Aires and even met his wife there.The Red Devils new arrival is also heavily involved in projects to help disadvantaged children.

4) Javier Hernandez

Club: Real Madrid
His life of faith: The new loanee kid on the block at Real is deemed to be somewhat of a prayer warrior. He revealed that he prays before every game in the centre circle for God’s protection on himself and all of the other players involved. He also gives thanks for God giving him the opportunity to do what he loves.

5) Brad Guzan

Club: Aston Villa
His life of faith: The American shot stopper spoke about his faith in Jesus over an interivew for ‘Beyond The Ultimate’, 2012, in which he stated “I think we all need Christ in our lives”. The Villa man has always been very open and forthright about his beliefs and ranks it highly above all footballing achievements.

6) Neymar

Club: Barcelona
His life of faith: The 22 year old revelation famously said that “Life only makes sense when our highest ideal is to serve Christ”. Known for his magical feet on the pitch, off it he is described as a humble individual who tithes 10% of his mega salary to his home Church in Brazil.

7) Steven Pienaar

Club: Everton
His life of faith: The Toffess playmaker often reveals a ‘God is great’ message on his undershirt in goal celebrations and he has a celebration story of his own. Growing up in the rough townships of Souith Africa he believes his footballing career is a testimony to God’s protection on him.

8) Kieron Richardson

Club: Aston Villa
His life of faith: The well-travelled fullback found Christ in 2007, whilst playing for Sunderland. He is quoted to have said “Now I have Jesus in my life I feel good in my heart”.
He has even hinted that after his playing days are over he wants to do things for God.

9) Kaka

Club: Sao Paulo
His life of faith: Perhaps the biggest Christian icon in football,the Brazilian famously wore a t-shirt reading ‘I belong to Jesus’ after Milan’s Champions League triumph in 2007.
He celebrates every goal by thanking the Lord and plans to become a pastor once he calls time on a wonderful playing career.

10) Daniel Sturridge

Club: Liverpool
His life of faith: The England and Liverpool forward is very vocal about his faith and is well known for his tweets quoting scripture, most noticeably, Phillippians 4:13. He recently spoke openly about his faith in an article where he was compared with his England strike partner Rooney, for having an easy ride in being able to express his beliefs.