Videos of the celebrations of the Argentine soccer team recorded after it beat Mexico in the match for the Qatar 2022 World Cup continue to circulate on social networks. In this context, they are spreading a alleged capture of a Lionel Messi Instagram story in which the player apparently wears a Mexico shirt as a mop. However, this is false. This is an edited image as satire.
Disputes between fans and misinformation
After Argentina’s 2-0 win, unverified information began to circulate. First, the version spread that Lionel Messistar of the South American team, he kicked and stepped on the Mexican shirt in the middle of the dressing room celebration with his teammates. Some verifiers, like checkedThey explained the issue at the time.
This alleged story of aggression upset several netizens, including the Mexican boxer known as ‘Canelo’ Alvarezwho seriously threatened the Argentine soccer player in a series of tweets”
“Did you see Messi cleaning the floor with our shirt and flag? May he ask God not to find him for me 👊👊🤬🔥 ”
This generated an impact on social networks. Some sports celebrities, such as the Argentine Sergio ‘el Kun’ Aguero and the mexican Andres Guardadoexplained about the controversy that It is normal that in the dressing room they put their football shirts on the floor and that Messi pushed the Mexican shirt with his foot when trying to remove his boots.
Part of the discussion of ‘Canelo’ with other users led to the fact that one of them will leave an alleged screenshot of the Instagram stories of the Argentine star. In the image, supposedly, Messi uses the shirt of the Mexican team as a mop. The boxer reacted to this graph.
The supposed story of Messi with the mop is false
The viral image that Lionel Messi supposedly uploaded to his Instagram stories It does not have the verification symbol that the platform offers for celebrities. When this type of content is published, a check appears between the publication time and the user, as in the following image. On the other hand, the footballer did not upload similar material to this platform during the day, only a video of encouragement to his selection.
How did this fake photo originate?
Everything indicates, according to the record of several tweets on the subject, that it is a joke or parody that became more sophisticated.
At 10:20 p.m. last Sunday, the Twitter user @albornoz_mx published the following Tweet next to a photograph of the Mexican team shirt on the ground: “I am selling the official mop used by Messi. Info by DM “.
At 8.52 am last Monday, the Twitter user @maflorencia_a designed this post with a photo of the Mexican soccer jersey used as a mop: “Today: general cleaning”
Later, around noon, the user @valefigueroas_ retweeted the previous post. “Messi’s mop”, he added.
Around that same time, the alleged story of the Argentine star began to circulate. However, many of the accounts that posted it are parodic or dedicated to posting memes.
Lionel Messi did not publish a story in which he uses the Mexican soccer jersey as a mop. It is a montage. The image does not have the verification symbol of the platform. In addition, the Argentine player did not upload similar content to his account. We classify the information as false.
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