News of Clarence Seedorf embracing Islam had spread on social media, was met with rapturous applause by admirers of the former international player.
Clarence Seedorf, a former Dutch footballer and AC Milan star, has confirmed his conversion to Islam. The former Ajax Amsterdam player made the announcement on his Instagram account.
News of Seedorf embracing Islam had spread on social media, was met with rapturous applause by admirers of the former international player. The former footballer completed his conversion in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, according to local news.
The Dutch star expressed his satisfaction over becoming a member of the Muslim community.
He wrote on his Instagram profile, “A special thanks to all the nice messages in celebration of me joining the Muslim family. I’m very happy and pleased to join the all Brothers and Sisters around the world especially my adorable Sophia who has taught me more in depth the meaning of Islam.”
Seedorf is known among football fans in the Arab and Islamic worlds. The news of Seedorf’s conversion to Islam arrives one month before the start of holy month of Ramzan.
In regards of his name change, Seedorf stated that he will preserve the name given to him by his father in honour of his parents. “I didn’t change my name and will continue to carry my name as given by my parents, Clarence Seedorf! I’m sending all my love to everyone in the world”, he added.
During his professional football career, Seedorf played for the top European teams, including Ajax Amsterdam, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, and AC Milan, until retiring from Brazilian venues in 2013.
The midfielder, born in the Republic of Suriname in 1976, rose to popularity as a result of his longtime relationship with AC Milan, where he became one of the club’s most notable legends with Franco Baresi, Paolo Maldini, Marco van Basten, Ruud Gullit, and Frank Rijkaard.
Seedorf is the first player in history to have won the Champions League with three separate clubs: Ajax Amsterdam in 1995, Real Madrid in 1998, and AC Milan in 2003 and 2007.