According to a well-informed source, Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs 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 22/06/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Giggs 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 47-year-old footballer, as a 2021 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Giggs 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 ‘Welsh Of The Year’ by some major Welsh newspapers and even ‘Cardiff Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Cardiff (Ryan Giggs' 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:
“Ryan Giggs Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 21 Jun 2021
“Congrats! Ryan has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 21 Jun 2021
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Ryan Giggs?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 21 Jun 2021
Could 2021 officially be the Year of Ryan Giggs?
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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