According to a well-informed source, Juan Carlos Ferrero is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2019. But while the tennis player's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 27/05/2019 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Ferrero 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 39-year-old tennis player, as a 2019 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Ferrero 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 tennis player have already been named ‘Spaniard Of The Year’ by some major Spanish newspapers and even ‘Ontinyent Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Ontinyent (Juan Carlos Ferrero's hometown).
Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year
A representative for the tennis player was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:
“#FerreroPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 26 May 2019
“Congrats! Juan Carlos has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 26 May 2019
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Juan Carlos Ferrero?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 26 May 2019
Could 2019 officially be the Year of Juan Carlos Ferrero?
Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2019 Person of the Year.
Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2019?
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