Mamadou Sakho, TIME's Person of the Year 2019?

Mamadou Sakho among finalists for TIME’s 2019 Person of the Year?

According to a credible source, Mamadou Sakho is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2019. But while the footballer's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 22/03/2019 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Sakho 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 29-year-old footballer, as a 2019 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Sakho 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 ‘Paris Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Paris (Mamadou Sakho'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:

“Mamadou Sakho Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 21 Mar 2019
“Congrats! Mamadou has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 21 Mar 2019
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Mamadou Sakho?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 21 Mar 2019

Could 2019 officially be the Year of Mamadou Sakho?

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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