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Viral Image Showing Ronaldo Supporting Lionel Messi And Argentina Is Edited

The original photograph showed Cristiano Ronaldo cheering the Portuguese team during the UEFA Nations League.

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Viral Image Showing Ronaldo Supporting Lionel Messi And Argentina Is Edited
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An edited image has gone viral which shows Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo supporting Argentina and his Argentinian contemporary Lionel Messi ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup final.

  • The photo is viral with a claim that says, "My son is a Messi fan. My wife is from Argentina. And I am a Messi fan too. So our whole Ronaldo family supports Argentina for the world cup 2022. (sic)"

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(Source: Facebook/Screenshot)

(Archives of similar claims can be seen here and here. )

This comes after Ronaldo's team, Portugal, got eliminated on 10 December in the quarter-finals at the FIFA World Cup 2022. On the other hand, Argentina will be facing defending champions France for the 2022 trophy on Sunday.


How did we know?: We ran a simple reverse image search on Google, which led us to the original image posted by Ronaldo.

  • He shared the image on his official Instagram account on 15 October 2020.

  • The TV screen seen in the image displayed a stadium's photograph instead of Messi's image as seen in the viral photo.

  • The image's caption stated that he was cheering his team before their match against Sweden in the UEFA Nations League 2020.

  • We compared the viral image to the original one and found that it had been edited.

Comparison between the viral image and the original image. 

(Source: Altered by The Quint)

Why was Ronaldo sending his support to the team virtually?: According to an article by Reuters from 15 October 2020, Ronaldo tested positive for COVID-19, due to which he could not be a part of the match.

Conclusion: The image showing Ronaldo with Messi's visual behind a TV screen is morphed.

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