Salah, 26, appears in the list alongside fellow sporting personalities such as NBA star LeBron James, tennis ace Naomi Osaka, and middle-distance runner Caster Semenya.
But the player nicknamed ‘The Egyptian King’ is the only person from the world of sport to grace one of the covers of this year’s magazine, having been chosen for his entry in the list by TV personality John Oliver.
Salah enjoys a huge fanbase on social media, where he has 25 million followers on Instagram and a further 8 million on Twitter.
He is increasingly held up as a Muslim role model, including by Russian MMA star Khabib Nurmagomedov, who last year hailed him as an “icon” for “the ethics and values he spreads every day.”
Salah will be in action on Wednesday night when Liverpool meet Porto in their Champions League quarter-final second leg, where the Reds lead 2-0.
Liverpool are also aiming for glory on the domestic front, where they sit top of the Premier League and are locked in a title battle with Manchester City.
Salah scored a stunning goal at the weekend against former club Chelsea – his 19th in the Premier League this season – to keep Liverpool in the title race.