Fabricated quote attributed to football star Lionel Messi has been circulating online since 2018

Published on 25/05/2021 at 17:35

A photo of Argentinian football player Lionel Messi is being shared online alongside a claim that the striker is boycotting a match against Israel because he refuses to play “against people who kill innocent Palestinian children”. This claim is false; the quote is fabricated, and versions have been circulating online since 2018. AFP Fact Check had already debunked the claim at the time.