Salah plays with a contagious joy on the pitch, and seems strongly grounded off of it. He’s helped propel Liverpool back to global elite status, regularly scoring Messi-like goals.
He’s adored by Liverpool fans who happily break out in their “MO SALAH!” chant whether he’s netting goals or is in poor form and needs a pick-me-up.
Salah, who hails from Egypt, is Muslim. He very openly showcases his faith on the field. Whether he’s changing antiquated opinions of the religion to the masses is still debatable–but he’s trying to and it’s not going unnoticed. Time Magazine has named him one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Why Mo Salah Makes Time’s 100 Most Influential
HBO’s Last Week Tonight host John Oliver starts the Time piece by writing:
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.
Salah has particularly taken the lead on something he views as important within his culture: improving the treatment of women.
He tells Time in the feature: “We need to change the way we treat women in our culture.”
Surely having a 5 year-old daughter helps progress this point-of-view, as well as the general participation of girls in youth soccer.
Whether it’s his magical left foot or his willingness to speak out, Salah is definitely making an impact on and off the pitch.