Abel Xavier, former Portuguese player, has made the important decision to convert to Islam and quitting football at the age of 38. The Portugal star now wants to go by the name of Faisal Xavier and will embark on humanitarian projects with the United Nations.
Faisal Xavier, a Muslim soccer player, said: "While it's an emotional farewell, I hope to participate in something very special as I enter a new stage of my life."
"In times of trouble, I have found comfort in Islam. Gradually I learned of learned a religion that professes peace, equality, freedom and hope. These are foundations with which I identify."