According to a credible source, Rickie Lambert is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2019. But while the footballer's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 20/10/2019 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Lambert 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 37-year-old footballer, as a 2019 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Lambert 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 ‘English Of The Year’ by some major English newspapers and even ‘Kirkby Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Kirkby (Rickie Lambert'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:
“Rickie Lambert Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 19 Oct 2019
“Congrats! Rickie has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 19 Oct 2019
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Rickie Lambert?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 19 Oct 2019
Could 2019 officially be the Year of Rickie Lambert?
Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2019 Person of the Year.
Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2019?
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