A picture of Lionel Messi has surfaced on Internet showing the mugshot of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Messi looking at it smiling.
At the time of filing this fact-check, the above post was shared 1,400 times. The post can be seen here.
NewsMobile fact-checked the above picture, and found it to be fake.
Putting the picture through reverse Image Search, we identified a Twitter handle (@brfootball) whose logo can be seen in the above picture.
Upon scanning through @brfootball on Twitter, we found the tweet, dated December 19, 2022, having the original picture.
IT’S DONE. pic.twitter.com/IEGyARXAIi
— B/R Football (@brfootball) December 18, 2022
In the original picture, Messi is seen smiling at the logo of the Argentina National Team after the final of the FIFA World Cup 2022.
In the above FAKE vs REAL collage, it is clear that Mamata Banerjee’s face was superimposed on the original picture using photo-editing software.
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