“Alhamdullilah … now I am a Muslim,” Sergio Ricardo said.
Days after announcing his conversion to Islam, Brazilian footballer Sergio Ricardo Neves was spotted in Mecca performing Umrah.
Ricardo, as he’s called in the region, is well-known for his career as a foreign footballer in Saudi Arabia. He’s played with many local teams such as Al-Ittihad and Al-Ahli.
Footage capturing him during his visit to the city’s Grand Mosque took the kingdom’s Twitter by storm over the weekend. In it, the sportsman can be seen dressed in white ihram garments (clothing worn by men for Umrah and Hajj).
Thousands were all praise for the footballer’s decision to visit the holy site and perform Umrah.
Many wished him well and hoped his visit to the mosque brings him happiness and peace as he starts his life as a Muslim.
“Historic moments as Sergio Ricardo expresses his feelings over this first visit to Mecca’s holy site.”
The footballer’s trip didn’t go unnoticed
“The best goal and the biggest win.”