The sporting sector is a multi-billion dollar industry and pulls  a very large following globally. It happens to be a very potent platform for generating awareness about a cause, product or personality and yes, so many brands are aware of this and use it to leverage their efforts by identifying with it.

The industry has been known to churn out global superstars who have not only met fame and fortune but have also become household names across the globe. It is worthy to note that amongst them, there are a good number of sports men and women who have used their positions to acknowledge and share about Jesus to the teeming sports fans and audience.

We singled out just 5 from the lot and were careful to ensure they come from different sporting fields. Check them out below:

  1. NEYMAR – The Gospel Soccer Billboard

Described as the epitome of modern football, this Brazilian star has been known to put on clothing that has Jesus on them. From Tee-shirts to head bands, he has made his faith public and has also gone on to acknowledge Christ on and off camera;

QUOTE: “Life only makes sense when our highest ideal is to serve Christ” – Neymar
2. TYSON FURY – The Gypsy king who acknowledges the King of Kings
Tyson Fury became a global sensation after his defeat of Wilder who was quoted to have said he’d beat Tyson and even God would not help him. This made many people look forward to the match. At the end, Tyson Fury won Wilder and when he gave his victory speech giving glory to Jesus, he got a lot of attention from Christians worldwide. Tyson has been known to always take a stand for Jesus especially after he had a dark encounter which he glorifies Christ for bringing him out of.
QUOTE: “My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ does not hate anybody” – Tyson Fury
3. ODION IGHALO – Strikingly of God
Odion Ighalo is the only African that made this list but is not the only African that is of Christ in the sporting world. He is a professional footballer who is famed for his position as a striker of repute. His efforts as a striker in Manchester United has made many regal him with praise.
QUOTE: The race is not to the swift, nor the battle is for the strong, but it is of the Lord that showeth MERCY” – Ighalo
4. MANNY PACQUIAO -The Paq Man of Christ
Manny Paqman, as he is fondly called, is a renowned professional boxer and politician from Philippines. He has been a serving senator in his country since 2016 and is described by many historians as one of the greatest professional boxers of all time. He is also known for his faith in Jesus and shares about Christ quite often.
QUOTE: “Even in my prime, I need God in my life because without God, we’re nothing” – Manny
5. ALLYSON FELIX – The World Record Breaker that Adores the World’s Maker

Allyson Felix is a track-and-field superstar who won her 12th gold medal at the International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships in Doha, Qatar. With this feat, she broke Usain Bolt’s record. The record breaker is very much in love and in tune with her Maker.

QUOTE: “We always have our own idea of how our life is going to go, but we really have to follow the Lord’s will” – Allyson


And on that beautiful note, we wrap this list up. Follow God’s will for your life. Seek His will and be open to His leading always. Use whatever pedestal He gives you to acknowledge Him in all your ways.

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