Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has been named as one of the TIME magazines 100 most influential people alongside actors, musicians, politicians, commentators and fellow sportspeople in the annual list.
Mohamed Salah being included in the list represents another milestone in what has been a historic year for the Liverpool winger after being named African Footballer of the Year and PFA Player of the Season, as well as coming third in the award for the Best FIFA Men’s Player.
He also helped Liverpool reach the UEFA Champions League final, which they lost to Real Madrid, and his side is currently sitting top of the Premier League table with only four games to go.
Speaking about the Egypt international John Oliver, who is a huge Liverpool supporter and the host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, wrote
‘Mo Salah is a better human being than he is a football player. And he’s one of the best football players in the world.
‘You’d be hard-pressed to find a professional athlete in any sport less affected by their success or status than Mo, which is incredible because I can’t imagine the kind of pressure that comes with the intensity of adoration he receives.’
‘Mo is an iconic figure for Egyptians, Scousers, and Muslims the world over, and yet he always comes across as a humble, thoughtful, funny man who isn’t taking any of this too seriously.
‘As a footballer, he plays with an infectious joy. I’ve always wondered what it would feel like to be able to play as well as him and watching his face light up after he does something incredible, you get the reassuring sense that it’s exactly as fun as you’d want it to be. I absolutely love him.’
Speaking to TIME magazine, Salah discussed women’s equality, saying; “I think we need to change the way we treat women in our culture. It’s not optional.
“I support the woman more than I did before, because I feel like she deserves more than what they give her now, at the moment.”
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