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This Footage Is Not from Cristiano Ronaldo's Recent Real Madrid Training Session

Wesam Abo Marq Wesam Abo Marq
Sports
18th December 2022
This Footage Is Not from Cristiano Ronaldo's Recent Real Madrid Training Session
The footage is outdated (Twitter)

The Claim

Cristiano Ronaldo is seen in a video and a photo during a recent Real Madrid training session.

Emerging story

Following Portugal's elimination from the World Cup, social media users circulated a video and photo purporting to show Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid training.

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the circulating video and photo and found the claim to be misleading.

After conducting a thorough reverse image search, Misbar found the video chip to be outdated and the photo to be digitally altered.

This Video of Ronaldo at the Madrid Training Session Is Outdated 

The video does not feature Cristiano Ronaldo at a recent training session with Real Madrid players.

On September 12, 2017, the official Facebook account of Real Madrid posted the video. 

The video shows Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a solo goal during a Real Madrid training session.

This photo of Ronaldo at Madrid Training Is Digitally Altered. The Real Madrid logo was digitally added to the wall beside the player.

Portugal’s logo was also erased from Cristiano Ronaldo’s jersey in the original photo.

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Misbar found the original photo uploaded on the Getty Images website on December 5, 2022.

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The original photo shows Cristiano Ronaldo attendind a training session at the Al Shahaniya SC training site, northwest of Doha, Qatar.

According to the photo’s caption, Patricia De Melo Moreira captured the photo on the eve of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Round of 16 football matches between Portugal and Switzerland.

Ronaldo’s Training at Real Madrid Facilities

Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Europe from the Middle East after Portugal was eliminated from the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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According to Marca, Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Madrid and trained at Real Madrid's facilities in Valdebebas.

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Moreover, Ronaldo requested permission to access the Real Madrid training facility from Florentino Pérez personally.

His request was readily granted by the Spanish club, demonstrating the positive relationship that still exists between the two parties.

Cristiano Ronaldo Is Currently A Free Agent

Manchester United said in a brief statement that the decision, which was reached by mutual consent, was taken a week after Ronaldo delivered an explosive TV interview about his displeasure with the club. 

"The club thanks him for his immense contribution across two spells at Old Trafford, scoring 145 goals in 346 appearances, and wishes him and his family well for the future," the statement said.

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Ronaldo discussed his feelings about being betrayed by United in an interview with Piers Morgan for Talk TV that was broadcast just before the World Cup began.

The player showed his lack of respect for Manchester United's coach, Erik ten Hag.

"Following conversations with Manchester United, we have mutually agreed to end our contract early," said Ronaldo in a statement.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s football future is still less clear.

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Misbar’s Classification

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