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Fact Check: Time Magazine’s ‘Athlete Of The Year 2023’ Is Lionel Messi, NOT Cristiano Ronaldo


A picture showing a cartoon of football star Cristiano Ronaldo on a magazine cover is doing the rounds on social media. Many users claim that Ronaldo became the first footballer in history to be named the Time magazine’s Athlete of the Year. 

A Facebook user posted the viral post with a caption: বস রোনালদো মানেই নতুন রেকর্ড।পারলে মেসি ফ্যানরা তোমরা মেসির এমন একটা রেকর্ড দেখা ও তো।জানি পারবে না কারণ সবাই তো আর রোনালদো না।🔥🔥❤️❤️ লাভ ইউ বস রোনালদো।❤️❤️ (English translation: Boss Ronaldo means new record. Messi fans, if you can, see such a record of Messi. I won’t know because everyone is not Ronaldo anymore. 🔥🔥❤️❤️Love you boss Ronaldo. ❤️❤️)

The text on the image translates to Cristiano Ronaldo Became the first footballer in history to be named Time magazine’s Athlete of the Year.

You can check the post here.


NewsMobile fact-checked the viral post, and found it to be false.

Had Time magazine made any such announcement, it would have made major headlines, globally. But our team could not find even a single news source backing the claim. 

Searching further, our team spotted the official website of Time magazine covering the announcement of the Athlete of the Year 2023. Time has announced Lionel Messi as ‘Athlete of the Year’ for this year. 

Reading the article further, we came across the official cover of the magazine as well. Here too, we could see Lionel Messi on the cover of the magazine for December 25, 2023.

We also found the list of all the people who were awarded by Time Magazine for 2023. Cristiano Ronaldo’s name was nowhere to be found on the list.

Therefore, we can conclusively say that the viral post, claiming Time magazine awarded Ronaldo as the Athlete of the Year 2023, is false.

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