Former Liverpool and Everton defender star Abel Xavier has quit football, converted to Islam and changed his name as Faisal. Xavier stated that he will embark on humanitarian projects from now on and expressed his feelings as; “… I hope to participate in something very satisfying in a new stage of my life. In moments of grief, I have found comfort in Islam.
... I learned a religion that professes peace, equality, freedom and hope. These are foundations with which I identify.”