MOHAMED SALAH has been named in TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world – alongside fellow sports stars Tiger Woods and LeBron James.
The Liverpool star, 26, is one of six cover stars for the latest edition – and is the only male footballer on the list thanks to his incredible 18 months.
Salah is a truly humble star but is adored across the world with his generosity as well as obvious talent with a football.
The Reds ace has been outspoken in his desire for equal rights for women in Egypt and across the Muslim world.
Salah recently claimed: “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.”
The superstar footballer has also gained a huge following for the way he’s dealt with fame – and maintaining his “normal” persona.
Salah claimed: “I just live my life normal. Most of the time I stay at home, I don’t like to go out.”
US-based English comedian – and Reds fan – John Oliver was tasked with writing the TIME magazine piece on Salah.
And Oliver called Salah “a better human than he is footballer” in a touching article.
In his gushing article, 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.
Mo is an iconic figure for Egyptians, Scousers and Muslims the world over yet always comes across as a humble, thoughtful, funny man who isn’t taking any of this too seriously
John Oliver on Mo Salah for TIME Magazine
“[That] 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 yet 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.”
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Meanwhile, golf star Woods – fresh from his heroic Masters win – has also made the list after returning from the brink of self-destruction to become a major winner once more.
He joins NBA superstar James in cracking into the 100 – the fourth time he’s made the cut.
The Los Angeles Lakers All-Star has been a key figure in opening schools for underprivileged students, amongst other incredible acts of generosity.
US women’s football star Alex Morgan is another sporting star to crack TIME’s top 100.