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Cristiano Ronaldo did not donate money to Palestinians during Ramadan

May 24, 2019 GMT

CLAIM: Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo donated 1.5 million euros to Palestinians for iftar, the meal eaten each night to break fast during Ramadan. 

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. Ronaldo did not donate money for that cause despite posts that circulated widely on social media over the weekend. 

THE FACTS: A spokeswoman with Gestifute Media, a sports management company that represents Ronaldo, told The Associated Press that the claim is false. She said he frequently has been the subject of similar false reports. 

A story containing the false claim posted by 9SportPro, a website that bills itself as a source for sports news, was picked up by social media users and posted on Twitter. The website attributed the information to InfoShqip Media, a website for news from Macedonia. 9Sports did not respond to requests for comment. 

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Other outlets circulating the false claim cited a charity foundation based in Nigeria as the source of the information.

Here’s more information on Facebook’s fact-checking program: https://www.facebook.com/help/1952307158131536

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This is part of The Associated Press’ ongoing effort to fact-check misinformation that is shared widely online, including work with Facebook to identify and reduce the circulation of false stories on the platform.