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This Photo Does Not Show the Cameraman Who Was Hit by Ronaldo’s Shot

Wesam Abo Marq Wesam Abo Marq
18th September 2023
This Photo Does Not Show the Cameraman Who Was Hit by Ronaldo’s Shot
This photo is unrelated to the cameraman hit by Ronaldo's shot (Twitter)

The Claim

A photo shows the cameraman who was injured by Ronaldo's shot.

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Following the incident where Cristiano Ronaldo's ball hit a cameraman during Al Nassr's recent match, a photo claiming to show the cameraman who was hit by Ronaldo's shot quickly spread across social media and sports-related pages.

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the viral photo and found the claim to be misleading.

A thorough reverse image search revealed the photo making the rounds to be older than claimed.

This Photo is Unrelated to Cameraman Hit by Ronaldo's Shot

Contrary to the circulating claim, the photo is old, and it features a Saudi content creator, not the cameraman who was hit by Ronaldo's shot recently.

The "POWR Hunter" X account, which belongs to a Saudi content creator, posted the photo on the X platform on February 14, 2023, along with a humorous Arabic comment.

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A screenshot of the original photo (X)

Misbar's team was unable to confirm the authenticity of the content creator's injury. Nevertheless, the photo in question is unrelated to the cameraman who was hit by Ronaldo's shot.

Ronaldo’s Shot Hit a Cameraman’s Face

On Saturday, Cristiano Ronaldo played for Al Nassr against Al Raed. Ronaldo is well known for his marvelous free kicks, where he scored many goals from a far distance, Yet during the match, there was a moment when his accuracy was slightly off while taking a free-kick from just 19 yards out and centrally positioned.

Unfortunately, his shot missed the target and sped past the post. Regrettably, the camera operator positioned behind the goal was unable to move in time and took Ronaldo's powerful shot directly in the face.

The cameraman was nearly knocked off his feet by the force of Ronaldo's wayward strike but managed to regain his balance just in time, avoiding tumbling onto the running track where he was working.

Al Nassr Secures a Win Against Al Raed in the Saudi Pro League

Al Nassr secured their fourth consecutive victory in the Saudi Pro League with a 3-1 away win against Al Raed on Saturday.

Winger Sadio Mane managed to find the bottom corner just before halftime, giving the visiting team the lead. Things took a turn for the worse for the home team as Bander Whaeshi fouled Mane just one minute later and was subsequently shown a red card by the referee. This left Al Raed at a disadvantage in the second half, and Al Nassr was determined not to let the opportunity for three points slip away.

In the 49th minute, Anderson Talisca extended the visitors' lead with a powerful shot from 30 yards out that found the top corner. Shortly after, Ronaldo added to the scoreline, receiving the ball from Talisca, nutmegging a defender, and finishing with his left foot, making it 3-0.

Al Raed managed to grab a late consolation goal through Mohamed Fouzair from the penalty spot, but the visitors once again demonstrated their dominance over their opponents in this match.

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