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Mohamed Salah 'is a better human being than he is a football player'

TV host John Oliver pays high tribute to Liverpool's Egyptian football star for 2019 Time 100 List

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah has captured the imagination of the wider world, particularly of those living in the Middle East. Jon Super / AP Photo
Liverpool's Mohamed Salah has captured the imagination of the wider world, particularly of those living in the Middle East. Jon Super / AP Photo

Television host John Oliver paid handsome tribute to Mohamed Salah, Liverpool's Egyptian star, who appeared in the 2019 Time 100 List on Sunday.

"Mo Salah is a better human being than he is a football player," wrote Oliver, host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight With John Oliver. "And he’s one of the best football players in the world."

Salah, spearheading Liverpool's bids for the Premier League and Uefa Champions League titles during the course of the next month, has been one of the club's best players since he arrived in England in June 2017. The forward is also preparing for a busy summer, with Egypt hosting the African Cup of Nations in June.

Salah's footballing talent and personality have endeared him to millions of his fellow Egyptians as well as to those living in the Middle East and wider world. And yet, as Oliver pointed out, Salah has managed to stay humble and down to earth.

"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," Oliver wrote.

"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."

Television personality John Oliver is the host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight With John Oliver. Charles Sykes / Getty Images
Television personality John Oliver is the host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight With John Oliver. Charles Sykes / Getty Images

Updated: April 28, 2019 11:14 AM

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