Cristiano Ronaldo, TIME's Person of the Year 2023?

Cristiano Ronaldo among finalists for TIME’s 2023 Person of the Year?

According to a top source, Cristiano Ronaldo is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2023. But while the footballer's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 29/11/2023 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Ronaldo 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 38-year-old footballer, as a 2023 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Ronaldo 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 ‘Portuguese Of The Year’ by some major Portuguese newspapers and even ‘Funchal Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Funchal (Cristiano Ronaldo'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:

“#RonaldoPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 28 Nov 2023
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveCristiano”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 28 Nov 2023
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Cristiano Ronaldo?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 28 Nov 2023

Could 2023 officially be the Year of Cristiano Ronaldo?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2023 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2023?

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