Opinions & Features April 18, 2019 at 08:18 am

These Africans made the TIME 100 most influential people list of 2019

Mildred Europa Taylor | Head of Content

Mildred Europa Taylor April 18, 2019 at 08:18 am

April 18, 2019 at 08:18 am | Opinions & Features

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Mohammed Salah

Named in the ‘Titans’ category alongside Tiger Woods, Mark Zuckerberg, and Lebron James, the Egyptian footballer, who plays as a forward for Liverpool, is the only male footballer on the list.

HBO’s Last Week Tonight host John Oliver, who wrote his profile, said 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.”

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