Fact Check: Viral Post Showing S. Korean Football Player Son Heung-min Crying After Losing to Ghana Is Misleading


Ghana defeated South Korea 3-2, in a close encounter at the Education Stadium on November 28, 2022. With this victory, the African nation has kept its hopes for the round of 16 alive.  

Against this backdrop, a viral picture showing South Korean footballer Son Heung-min crying after losing the match is doing the rounds on social media.

A Facebook user posted the viral picture with a caption: এশিয়ার মেসির কান্নারত ছবি ভাইরাল দ-কোরিয়ার উইনিং গেইম ছিলো,তবুও হেরে গেলো! (English translation: Messi’s crying picture goes viral It was a winning game of South Korea, but still lost!)

You can check the post here.


NewsMobile fact-checked the viral picture and found it to be misleading.

Running a Reverse Image Search, we traced a news article, titled: World Cup Recap รวมเหตุการณ์ที่เกิดขึ้นในรอบแบ่งกลุ่มฟุตบอลโลก 2018 (English translation: World Cup Recap includes events from the group stages of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.) published on June 29, 2018, on a Thai news outlet The standard. 

The article gives a recap of the entire FIFA World Cup, Russia, 2018. One of the images in the article matches exactly with the viral picture and the description informs that Son Heung-min cried after his team’s defeat against Mexico, which eliminated them from the tournament. This proves that the picture has been online since 2018. 

Another post, dated June 24, 2018, published on Imgur an online image-sharing and hosting platform, says: President Moon Jae-in consoles Son Heung-min after South Korea is knocked out of the World Cup. Here too, we can watch the player crying. And we get to know that the president of South Korea consoled the player after their team’s exit from the 2018 FIFA World Cup. 

We could not find a single credible source informing that this incident occurred after the match between South Korea and Ghana. 

Therefore, we can conclusively say that the viral picture, claiming Son Heung-min cried after his team’s defeat to Ghana, is misleading. 

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