Rafael Nadal, TIME's Person of the Year 2017?

Rafael Nadal among finalists for TIME’s 2017 Person of the Year?

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According to a well-informed source, Rafael Nadal is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2017. But while the tennis player's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 24/11/2017 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Nadal 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 31-year-old tennis player, as a 2017 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Nadal 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 ‘Manacor Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Manacor (Rafael Nadal'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:

“Rafael Nadal Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 23 Nov 2017
“Congrats! Rafael has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 23 Nov 2017
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Rafael Nadal?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 23 Nov 2017

Could 2017 officially be the Year of Rafael Nadal?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2017 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2017?

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