Fact Check: Picture Of Footballer Lionel Messi Holding A Palestinian Flag is Edited

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A picture of footballer Lionel Messi is going viral on social media, in which he can be seen holding the national flag of Palestine.

The post read, “Lionel Messi with the flag of Palestine. Hope we all come across such a Facebook post.” (Original: ফিলিস্তিনের পতাকা হাতে এবার লিওনেল মেসি এমন একটি ফেসবুক পোস্ট আমারা সবাই আসা করি #অচেনাএকপথ)

Here’s the link to the above post.

FACT CHECK

NewMobile fact-checked the post and found it to be edited.

We ran the picture through a Reverse Image Search and found the image on an Instagram post by Icons Memorabilia dated May 11, 2021. In the original picture, Messi can be seen holding a placard of ‘Icons.com’. The placard reads: Signed by the best people in the world.

The caption read, “IT’S OUR BIGGEST GIVEAWAY EVER! (And that’s saying something…)
Win one of FIVE signed and Official @fcbarcelona framed shirts from @leomessi by heading to his official Instagram page and following the instructions on his latest post! #MessiGiveaway #OfficialFCB #Giveaway”

Thus, from the above fact check, it is clear that the post is edited and false.

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