Mohamed Salah is named as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world – with Late Show host and Liverpool fan John Oliver paying tribute to the ‘humble figure loved by all Egyptians, Scousers and Muslims’
- Music artist Taylor Swift, actor Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, were on the list
- LeBron James, Alex Morgan and Naomi Osaka were also included in the top 100
- Osaka, Morgan and Caster Semenya are among a record 48 women to be named
Mohamed Salah is one of the covers star for the Time magazine’s 100 most influential people.
Music artist Taylor Swift, actor Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, actress Sandra Oh, journalist Gayle King and politician Nancy Pelosi were on the other covers.
Mohamed Salah is on one of six front covers of Time’s 100 most influential people
Artist Taylor Swift was also on one of the six covers alongside the Liverpool talisman
Actor Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was also on one of the front covers released on Wednesday
Masters winner, Tiger Woods, has featured three times and La Lakers’ James has been on the list four times.
Osaka, Morgan and Semenya are among a record 48 women to be named in the top 100.
In an interview with the Time, Salah said football fans in the Middle East herald him like a son.
He said: ‘To be the first Egyptian in [this] situation and no one has done this before … it’s something different.
‘I just live my life normal. Most of the time I stay at home, I don’t like to go out.’
Salah also spoke about the importance of gender equality in a passionate speech.
He added: ‘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.’
John Oliver, who is a huge Liverpool supporter and the host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, wrote about the Egypt international.
Oliver wrote in the magazine: ‘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.’
The esteemed company keeps on coming for Salah as Actress Sandra Oh was also on the list
Hillary Clinton wrote a piece for US politician Nancy Pelosi, who also has her own cover
‘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.’
The Liverpool forward’s stock has risen considerably since moving from Roma in 2017.
Salah scored 44 goals in his first season for Liverpool and won the Premier League golden boot.
He has not quite hit the extraordinary heights of last campaign but is still the league’s joint top scorer with Sergio Aguero.
The 26-year-old will be hoping to add to his goal tally in Liverpool’s Champions League quarter-final second leg at Porto on Wednesday in which his side hold a 2-0 advantage from the first fixture.
Gayle King graces one of the iconic covers and her piece has been written by Ana DuVernay
Salah scored 44 goals in his first season for Liverpool and won the Premier League golden boot
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