Pau Gasol, TIME's Person of the Year 2020?

Pau Gasol among finalists for TIME’s 2020 Person of the Year?

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According to a well-placed source, Pau Gasol is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2020. But while the basketball player's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 26/10/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Gasol 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 40-year-old basketball player, as a 2020 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Gasol 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 basketball player have already been named ‘Spaniard Of The Year’ by some major Spanish newspapers and even ‘Barcelona Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Barcelona (Pau Gasol's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

A representative for the basketball player was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:

“#GasolPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 25 Oct 2020
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LovePau”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 25 Oct 2020
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Pau Gasol?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 25 Oct 2020

Could 2020 officially be the Year of Pau Gasol?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2020 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2020?

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