Hyderabad: A post claiming Portuguese football player Cristiano Ronaldo visited a Masjid and recited Holy Quran, is viral on social media.

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Fact Check

The claim is false.

NewsMeter found that on the top right of the video there was a board that had a mention of 'Al-Judi Centre'. We performed a Keyword search and found a Facebook post of a mosque or Masjid in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

We then noticed that on the bottom left of the video, it had a logo of Tik Tok. There was also mention of the TikTok user @bewarabdullah who had made the video.

We then performed another keyword search which directed us to many reports which claimed that this person in the video is just a look alike of Cristiano Ronaldo.

We found a tweet by the Voice of America (VOA). "Cristiano Ronaldo look-alike grabs attention in northern Iraq, thanks to the resemblance he has with one of the world's famous soccer stars. Biwar Abdullah, 25, is a celebrity in his hometown of Soran, a city 110 km away from Irbil, where he often stops to pose for selfies," VOA tweeted.

According to a report by Within Nigeria which was published almost 2 years back,

Biwar Abdullah, a Kurdish Arab from Iraq, has attained huge fame for being a look-alike of Cristiano Ronaldo. Biwar, who now enjoys quite a number of following, gets stopped on the road by people who want to take pictures with him. In his home country, he is treated like a celebrity. He comes from a poor background and earns living working at a construction site.

Another report by a website `Legit' shared that Biwar is often been keeping up with the trends, changing his hairstyle to suit that of Ronaldo and buying similar clothes and football kits.

It is therefore evident that the viral claim is False. The person in the video is not Ronaldo but his doppelganger Biwar Abdullah.

Claim Review :   Cristiano Ronaldo had visited a Masjid and read the Quran.
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  False

Tejal Sinha

Tejal Sinha is currently a Fact Checker at NewsMeter. She is pursuing Masters in Journalism and Communication from St Francis College for Women. She is open to learning new things while exploring the road to unbiased journalism. She has also been awarded best report by women journalists, 2021. You can follow Tejal on Twitter @SinhaTejal

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