Patrick Mboma, the former Cameroon national team player, has been under the spotlight in the past hours, after announcing his official conversion to Islam.
The 51-year-old appeared in a mosque in his hometown of Douala, proclaiming his Islam among a number of worshipers.
The Cameroonian legend Patrick Mboma also changed his name to “Abdul Jalil Mboma” immediately after his conversion to Islam.
Who is Patrick Mboma?
Mboma was born on November 15, 1970, in Douala, Cameroon.
Patrick Mboma began his professional career in French stadiums, specifically in the ranks of Paris Saint-Germain, which he played for between 1992 and 1997, during which he was out on loan twice.
Patrick Mboma’s career
Patrick Mboma’s career in football lasted for at least 15 years, at the professional level.
That march included several moves in various European stadiums, where he played for clubs, most notably Parma of Italy and Sunderland of England.
The former Cameroonian striker also had an experience in the Arab region in the Libyan Al-Ittihad shirt in the 2002-2003 season.
The Cameroon legend ended his career with the Japanese Vissel Kobe shirt – for which Andres Iniesta is currently playing – in 2005.
Mboma brought the curtain down on his career after he scored 135 goals out of 312 goals at club level, in addition to 33 goals in 57 international matches for the Cameroon national team.
Nicknames for Patrick Mboma
Patrick Mboma made his mark in many countries, which helped him reach the podiums with a number of teams he played for.
The retired Cameroonian striker began his career by winning the French Cup with Paris Saint-Germain in 1995, which also saw him win the League Cup with the same team.
The last title – the French League Cup – he managed to win the following year directly during his loan to Metz.
During the two seasons he spent with Parma, Mboma won the Italian Cup in 2002 with the team.
On the international level, Mboma was one of the prominent elements in the Cameroon national team battalion at the beginning of the third millennium, the generation that won the gold medal in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
In the same year, Mboma led the Lions team to being crowned champion of the African Cup of Nations, before helping to preserve it in the next edition (2002).
Mboma is considered one of the legends of the African continent, as he won the Player of the Year award in the African continent in 2000, while he was crowned top scorer in the 2002 Nations Cup.