Pelé, TIME's Person of the Year 2018?

King among finalists for TIME’s 2018 Person of the Year?

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According to a reliable source, King Pelé is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2018. But while the footballer's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 13/12/2017 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Pelé 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 77-year-old footballer, as a 2018 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Pelé 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 ‘Brazilian Of The Year’ by some major Brazilian newspapers and even ‘Três Corações Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Três Corações (Pelé'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:

“#PeléPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 12 Dec 2017
“Congrats! Pelé has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 12 Dec 2017
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Pelé?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 12 Dec 2017

Could 2018 officially be the Year of Pelé?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2018 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2018?

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