Egyptian football star Mohamed “Mo” Salah has called for
“I think we need to change the way we treat women in our culture,” Salah was quoted as saying. “It’s not optional.”He said the treatment of women “in my culture and in the Middle East” had changed his opinions on gender issues.
“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,” Salah told the magazine. Salah is an icon in Egypt after helping the country qualify for the 2018 World Cup, the first time they had reached the finals of the event since 1990. He was named African Footballer of the Year in 2017 and 2018 and was also English football’s Player of the Year in 2017-2018 following a dazzling season with Liverpool. He told Time he has learned to cope with the “little bit of pressure” that comes with his elevated
“To be the first Egyptian in [this] situation and no one has done this before… it’s something different,” he said, insisting that superstardom had not changed his lifestyle.
“I just live my life normal,” he said. “Most of the time I stay at home, I don’t like to go out.”