Fact Check: Don't fall for morphed picture of Pele mourning at Maradona's grave; Here's the truth

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A picture of Brazilian footballer Pele mourning at Argentinian soccer legend Diego Maradona’s grave has gone viral on social media claiming that Pele bids farewell to footballing legend Maradona.
The Facebook caption read, “Very sad;Pele bids farewell to maradona,let us do that too to the fallen hero”

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NewsMobile fact-checked the above post and found it to be morphed and misleading.
On putting the picture through Yandex Reverse Image Search, we found the real picture on People Images claiming that it is a shot of a young man visiting a grave site with a bunch of flowers.

We found the real picture on iStock and GettyImages as well.

On comparing the Fake vs Real collage, we can clearly see that the social media post with Pele’s face is morphed. All the similarities are marked in green colour markings and differences are marked in red.

Moreover, we also found a post on Pele’s official Instagram account, where he expressed grief on the death of Argentinian footballer Maradona.


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Another post by Pele was found on Twitter as well. Also, we could not find any credible news reports or records of Pele attending or visiting Maradona’s grave to offer his condolences.
Hence, the social media post in question is morphed. Don’t fall for fake and misleading picture.

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