A post is being shared on social media claiming that Portuguese football player Cristiano Ronaldo has accidentally leaked the name of his new club in his latest post. Let’s fact-check this claim through this article.
Claim: Cristiano Ronaldo has accidentally leaked the name of his new club through this latest post.
Fact: The post description says that the link to the full post is in the comments; clicking on it leads to an article published by 90min.com titled ‘Man Utd open to Cristiano Ronaldo sale as Chelsea prepare bid.’ Nowhere in the article is it mentioned that Ronaldo has leaked the name of his new club. Moreover, this article is from July 2022. The photo on the right side of the collage shared in the viral post was shared by Ronaldo on his Instagram on 01 January 2022, in which he expressed his unhappiness with what he and his team were achieving at Manchester United. He has not said anything about him changing his club in this post. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.
The viral post contains a link claiming to be that of the full post where Cristiano Ronaldo has leaked information about his new club. Clicking on the link led us to an article from July 2022 published on 90min.com. This is not a link to any social media post shared by Ronaldo recently, as claimed in the viral post. The article states that ‘Manchester United will allow Cristiano Ronaldo to leave Old Trafford this summer and they are expecting an offer from Premier League rivals Chelsea in the near future, 90min understands.’ Nowhere in the article is it mentioned that Ronaldo shared or leaked the name of his news club through a post.
Since the post claims that Ronaldo leaked this information through his post, we performed a reverse image search with the other image of the collage, which is in the viral post. This led us to an old Instagram post by Ronaldo. In this post from 01 January 2022, he summarised his feelings about his performances in various tournaments and teams.
He expressed his unhappiness over the performance of his team Manchester United. In this old post, he did not leak any information about his plans to join a new club or the club’s name. First, the viral post uses a screenshot of an old post claiming it as a new one; secondly, the link that is shared in the post is of an old article. In both the post and the article, there is no mention of Ronaldo leaking the name of his new club. The post is clearly a false construct.
On further search on the internet to know if Ronaldo is really changing his club, we came across a few news reports that say ‘he is close to closing an agreement with Al Nassr from Saudi Arabia.’ This news came in as his contract was terminated by Manchester United over his controversial interview with Piers Morgan. You can learn more about this from here and here.
To sum up, this post falsely claims that Cristiano Ronaldo has accidentally leaked his new club in his latest post.