Are Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi smoking cigars together?

Are Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi smoking cigars together?

A viral image of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi smoking cigars together has set the internet on fire with fans of the two iconic players eager to find out if the image is real or an A. I generated an image!

Viral Image: Is the image of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi smoking together real?

Over the course of their long careers, both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have become the ambassadors of hard work and longevity in their sport. Their insatiable desire to emulate each other on the football field saw them up the tempo by their impressive dedication to professionalism, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and consistency.  So when a viral image of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi smoking cigars together hit the internet, the footballing world was rocked. 

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi smoking cigars together in a selfie
Some of the A.I generated images of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi posted by the account (Credits: Instagram – @manmeetsmachine )

However, after a cursory inspection it was quickly revealed that the viral image of the iconic duo of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi smoking cigars together was fake. The Instagram account which posted the image (@manmeetsmachine) is known to generate images of several world icons like Lebron James, Elon Musk, etc, by using A.I. The image of the duo smoking cigars was also merely one of a total of ten A.I generated images of the duo of Ronaldo and Messi posted by the account. The Instagram bio of the account warns users about the images posted on the account in the bio itself as it reads, “ Nothing is real”. 

Fans of both the footballing icons seemed relieved to learn that the image was fake. Some Instagram users and fans of Ronaldo and Messi took the image in a lighter vein and also jokingly interacted with the account by commenting on the post. 


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