Football legend Cristiano Ronaldo just died suddenly in a tragic car crash?!
Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!
Updated @ 2023-11-21 : Added fact check video and other updates
Originally posted @ 2023-04-18
Claim : Cristiano Ronaldo Just Died Suddenly In Tragic Car Accident!
People are claiming on Facebook, TikTok, YouTube and social media that football legend Cristiano Ronaldo just died suddenly in a tragic car accident, with photos of the car accident and his funeral procession!
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Truth : Cristiano Ronaldo Did NOT Die Suddenly In Tragic Car Accident!
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and propagated by people to generate income from page / video views and advertising, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : Cristiano Ronaldo Is Still Alive + Well!
Cristiano Ronaldo (born Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro on 5 February 1985) is still very much alive and well, as of Monday, 20 November 2023, when he posted about Portugal’s 2-0 win over Iceland to qualify for Euro 2024. And yes – he played that night!
Apuramento histórico, 100% vitorioso!
Historic clearance, 100% victorious!
That post came many days to weeks after those social media posts, YouTube and Facebook videos claimed that he died suddenly in a tragic car accident!
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Fact #2 : No Legitimate Media Outlet Reported His Death
These social media posts, as well as YouTube and Facebook videos have been circulating for months now, but people don’t seem to notice that no legitimate media has reported on Cristiano Ronald’s death!
Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the world’s best footballer and a mega celebrity. His death would have been covered extensively by the media across the globe!
Yet, no legitimate media outlet has reported that Cristiano Ronaldo died recently from any cause. Why should you believe no-name websites, or random YouTube / Facebook / TikTok videos?
Fact #3 : Viral Car Accident Photo Was From 2009
The viral photo of a badly damaged car is genuine, and shows a car in which Cristiano Ronaldo drove and crashed. However, that happened many years ago, when the Portuguese footballer was just 23 years old!
At 10:20 am on 8 January 2009, Cristiano Ronaldo crashed his Ferrari sports car into a roadside barrier in a tunnel on the A538 Wilmslow Road near the Manchester airport, on the way to train with the Manchester United team.
The car was badly damaged, with one of the front wheels sheared off and thrown over a hundred metres away. However, Cristiano Ronaldo was not injured, and got out of his car by himself, and later went on to train that morning.
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Fact #4 : They Used Other Funeral Photos
Because Cristiano Ronaldo did not die, these fake news creator have to resort to using photos from other funerals.
In this example, the fake news creator merely added an inset photo of Cristiano Ronaldo with an arrow, a crying emoji and a LIVE chyron, to a photo of the funeral procession of IRA veteran Bobby Storey, which occurred on 30 June 2020.
If you take a closer look, you will see a bagpiper and Argos – a retailer operating in the United Kingdom and Ireland. You may also notice that everyone’s white! That’s because the photo was taken in Belfast, not Portugal!
Cristiano Ronaldo is Portuguese. Why on Earth would his funeral be held in Ireland?! And why would his family want a bagpiper at his funeral?!
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Fact #5 : Cristiano Ronaldo Death Hoax Is Driven By Fake Fact Check Too
This Cristiano Ronaldo death hoax is, ironically, just another fake fact check article by MediaMass Project, which keeps “updating” the dates in their fake fact check article:
News of footballer Cristiano Ronaldo’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the November 2023 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the 38-year-old footballer is alive and well.
Their claim of a viral R.I.P. Cristiano Ronaldo Facebook page is false. There is no such Facebook page. It is their standard fake fact check spiel for fake celebrity deaths.
The statement from Cristiano Ronaldo’s unnamed rep confirming that he is not dead is exactly the same as statements from other reps of celebrities MediaMass claimed were victims of death hoaxes, like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Barry Gibb, Bruce Willis, Celine Dion, Clint Eastwood, Dolly Parton, Harrison Ford, Justin Bieber, Lionel Messi, Lucy Liu, Madonna, Melanie Laurent, Morgan Freeman, Oprah Winfrey, Robert Pattinson, Simon Cowell, Sylvester Stallone, Taylor Swift, Toby Keith, and Tom Hanks..
Hidden in the description page for the MediaMass Project is a disclaimer that they are a “satire” website. That’s the usual “cover” for websites peddling fake news.
Regardless of their reasons, anything posted by MediaMass.net must be considered as fake news, until proven otherwise.
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Fact #6 : This Is Just Fake Celebrity News
This is yet another example of fake celebrity news created to generate page views and money through advertising, just like these examples:
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