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Fact Check: Woman Hugging Messi in the Viral Video Is Not His Mother


A video of Argentine footballer Lionel Messi hugging a woman is widely circulated online claiming that he is hugging his mother after Argentina won the FIFA World Cup 2022 against France on December 18, 2022.

The video is shared with a caption: Emotional Video of Messi with his Mom. Please send stars to support us!!!

Here’s the link to the above post.


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

A report by The Sun features the picture of Messi with his mother. The caption of the picture reads: Messi enjoyed a special moment with his mother Celia Maria Cuccittini. In the picture, we can see that his mother is wearing a purple jersey as opposed to the woman in the viral video, who is wearing a white and blue outfit.

We also found more pictures of Messi’s mother from the day of the finals on Getty Images, where she can be seen in the same purple jersey. The video description reads: LUSAIL CITY, QATAR – DECEMBER 18: Celia Maria Cuccittini, mother of Lionel Messi and his wife Antonella Roccuzzo following the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Final match between Argentina and France at Lusail Stadium on December 18, 2022, in Lusail City, Qatar. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

Several social media users have also pointed out that the woman in the video is the mother of a former football player and a close friend of Messi, Kun Ageuro. According to few Spanish reports, the woman in the video is Antonia Farías, the team’s official cook. The reports can be seen here and here.

NewsMobile independently couldn’t confirm the identity of the woman in the video, but it is certain that the woman is not Messi’s mother.

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