According to a well-placed source, Patrick Vieira is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2022. But while the footballer's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 26/06/2022 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Vieira 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 46-year-old footballer, as a 2022 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Vieira 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 ‘Dakar Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Dakar (Patrick Vieira'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:
“Patrick Vieira Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 25 Jun 2022
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LovePatrick”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 25 Jun 2022
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Patrick Vieira?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 25 Jun 2022
Could 2022 officially be the Year of Patrick Vieira?
Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2022 Person of the Year.
Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2022?
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