Zinedine Zidane, TIME's Person of the Year 2023?

Zizou among finalists for TIME’s 2023 Person of the Year?

According to a credible source, Zizou Zinedine Zidane is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2023. But while the footballer's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 03/06/2023 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Zidane 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 50-year-old footballer, as a 2023 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Zidane 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 ‘French Of The Year’ by some major French newspapers and even ‘Marseille Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Marseille (Zinedine Zidane'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:

“#ZidanePOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 2 Jun 2023
“Congrats! Zinedine has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 2 Jun 2023
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Zinedine Zidane?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 2 Jun 2023

Could 2023 officially be the Year of Zinedine Zidane?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2023 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2023?

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