Bixente Lizarazu, TIME's Person of the Year 2018?

Bixente Lizarazu among finalists for TIME’s 2018 Person of the Year?

According to a top source, Bixente Lizarazu is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2018. But while the footballer's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 19/11/2018 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Lizarazu 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 48-year-old footballer, as a 2018 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Lizarazu 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 ‘Saint-Jean-de-Luz Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Saint-Jean-de-Luz (Bixente Lizarazu'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:

“Bixente Lizarazu Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 18 Nov 2018
“Congrats! Bixente has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 18 Nov 2018
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Bixente Lizarazu?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 18 Nov 2018

Could 2018 officially be the Year of Bixente Lizarazu?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2018 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2018?

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