Michel Hidalgo, TIME's Person of the Year 2017?

Former manager of the France national football team among finalists for TIME’s 2017 Person of the Year?

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According to a credible source, the former manager of the France national football team Michel Hidalgo is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2017. But while the footballer's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 19/10/2017 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Hidalgo for Person of the Year?

The list of nominees for Time magazine’s Person of the Year is always an eclectic mix of world leaders, pop culture icons, buzzworthy names, and human rights activists. The unexpected inclusion of the 84-year-old footballer, as a 2017 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Hidalgo so important is the potential and influence he now has, rather than anything he has already done,” said a panelist who preferred to remain anonymous, adding that earlier this month, the footballer have already been named ‘French Of The Year’ by some major French newspapers and even ‘Leffrinckoucke Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Leffrinckoucke (Michel Hidalgo's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

A representative for the footballer was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:

“#HidalgoPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 18 Oct 2017
“Congrats! Michel has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 18 Oct 2017
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Michel Hidalgo?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 18 Oct 2017

Could 2017 officially be the Year of Michel Hidalgo?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2017 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2017?

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