Hyderabad: A photograph of Brazilian footballer Pele visiting Diego Maradona's grave to pay his last respects has gone viral on social media.

A Twitter user shared the photo and wrote, "Ultimate Farewell...Pele's bow to Maradona...Peaking Silently..!!" (archive)


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Fact Check:

NewsMeter performed a reverse image search and found a similar image on many funeral service websites like Clay Barnette and Corey-Kerlin that was used as a representative image.

We compared the images on the website to the viral image and found that it was morphed. The stock photo shows a man at a grave sitting in the same position and holding flowers. There is no name on the gravestone.


Though Pele did not attend the funeral, he posted a message for the late football legend on Twitter. "What sad news. I lost a great friend and the world lost a legend. There is still much to be said, but for now, may God give strength to family members. One day, I hope we can play ball together in the sky," Pele wrote.

Evidently, it is clear that the claim is FALSE and the image has been morphed.


Claim Review :   photo shows footballer Pele at Maradona’s grave
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  False

Misha Rajani

Misha Rajani is a Fact Checker at NewsMeter. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from St. Francis College for Women. She has written a thesis on “ Role of social media in highlighting injustice”. Apart from pursuing a career in news writing, Misha is also skilled in graphic designing. You can follow Misha on Twitter @misharajani00

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