According to a well-placed source, Raul Meireles is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2021. But while the footballer's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 09/05/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Meireles 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 38-year-old footballer, as a 2021 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Meireles 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 ‘Portuguese Of The Year’ by some major Portuguese newspapers and even ‘Porto Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Porto (Raul Meireles' 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:
“Raul Meireles Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 8 May 2021
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveRaul”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 8 May 2021
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Raul Meireles?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 8 May 2021
Could 2021 officially be the Year of Raul Meireles?
Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2021 Person of the Year.
Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2021?
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