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Mo Salah Declares Support For Women’s Rights After He’s Crowned One Of The World’s Most Influential People

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Mohamed Salah can’t put a foot wrong (literally).

The Egyptian footballer has just been crowned one of TIME’s 100 most influential people of 2019; the list features pioneers, artists, icons, titans and leaders and while each listing includes thoughtfully written tributes to each person, the feature for Mo Salah stands out by miles.

Focusing less on his skill as a footballer (he is one of the world’s greatest) but more on his ability to stay humble through enormous pressure, even Mo Salah must be touched by these amazing words.

“Mo Salah is a better human being than he is a football player.”

“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.”

John Oliver for TIME

The top 100 were announced today

Salah stands for women’s rights in the region

On the same day as the announcement, Salah shared this video speaking out for women’s rights in his country and declaring his support.

With the huge TIME reveal of the most influential people of 2019, the glare of the media spotlight turns to the chosen few and Salah’s decision to share a video focusing on promoting women’s right in the region at this time in telling.

‘We need to change the way we treat women in our culture.. She deserves more than what they give her at the moment… It’s not an option”

READ: Mo Salah recently gave a press conference to 30 school kids in front of Dubai Fountain

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