5 Top Footballers Who Retired And Became Pastors

Footballers are known for their various personalities and crazy lifestyles on and off the field, yet some have abandoned the game to preach the faith.

Many retired football players go on to become coaches or business owners, or they use their fame to get sponsors. However, these players went in a different direction and became priests.

  • Taribo West

He is a famous Nigerian player who played for the Nigeria national team. He has played for several clubs before his retirement. During his professional career, he was known majorly because of his hair styles as well as his prolific goal scoring abilities.

He also became a man of God shortly after his retirement. He currently own a church in Lagos State, Nigeria.

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  • Philip Patrick Mulryne

Another famous player who turned to a clergyman on our list is the Manchester United legend Philip Mulryne. He also played for Norwich City before he retired.

He is currently a Northern Irish Dominican friar and priest in the Roman Catholic Church. He has actually amazed the entire world for the dedication of his life and time to God.

  • Idah Peterside

He is also a professional football player who played majorly for the Nigeria national team. He has represented the country in different international matches before his official retirement.

Shortly after he retired, he was called by God and went into ministry work. He is currently a pastor at Christ Ambassadors Church based in Kempton Park, Johannesburg.

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  • Chase Hilgenbrinck

The American played as a defender for Ñublense and New England Revolution before sensationally retiring in 2008 at the age of 24 to become a pastor.

  • Alan Comfort

Comfort became a Christian at age 20 while at Cambridge United and trained as an Anglican Vicar at Ridley Hall College in Cambridge. He has served as Chaplain to former club Leyton Orient for many years.

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