The World Cup trophy uploaded by Lionel Messi in the most liked photo on Instagram has been revealed to be fake

Lionel Messi made history last month by lifting theIFA World Cup trophy for Argentina. Shortly after the victory, the legendary footballer posted a photo with the trophy on his Instagram account, which later became the most liked photo on the platform.

But what if we told you that the trophy featured in the iconic image was, in fact, a fake? Recent reports revealed that the trophy was not real and that it was a close imitation of the real tournament. Read on to find out how this problem occurred.

Lionel Messi lifted the fake World Cup in his most famous Instagram photo

The real trophy was initially awarded to the winning team, but it was removed from the stadium after a few minutes byIFA officials, according to customs. However, two Argentina fans in the stadium, Manuel and Paula, had a replica trophy passed to the players.

Then the whole team celebrated with the fake trophy, and Messi paraded it around the stadium. The captain also clicked a photo with it, which eventually broke the record for the most likes on Instagram, and he currently has over 74 million likes.

Fake trophy owners reveal the story

Manuel and Paula have now spoken to the Spanish media and revealed the story of the fake trophy. “Before the World Cup, we called the people who made the titles and it took six months to make it happen. The idea was to get the players to sign it, but in the end, it was taken to the pitch three times.”

“First member [Leandro] The Paredes had him sign it. The second time we were asked, it was there for 45 minutes, passed from player to player, relative to relative, while pictures were taken,” the two added.

And they continued, “The other fans in the stand told us: You lost the cup.” We were having fun but we wanted to bring it back. That’s when I shouted to two of the players: “That trophy that Paredes has, it’s ours.” In the end, Lautaro Martinez signed it and gave it back again. ThenIFA security arrived and asked us to hand it over to make sure it wasn’t the original.”

Angel Di Maria had referred to Goof Up earlier

all but one player, Angel Di MariaDuring the team celebration, he was able to tell the difference between the original and the fake trophy. He even pointed out the error to Messi. The security men told me: Please do not give the cup to anyone. “But there is another cup over there,” Maria explained to them.

And he added: “They answered: No, no, what you have is the real one, and that is why we are with you.” That’s what I used to say to Messi.” The moment was captured by photographerernando de la Urdine, who posted the still to Instagram two days after the World Cup final.

At the time, the photographer had written, “Di Maria was telling Leo that he had just done the lap of honor with a fake trophy and that he had the real trophy, which is why they were laughing.” Paula also joined the conversation and replied: “We are the owners of the fake trophy and we pass it to the players on the field. It’s very funny, thank you.”

Well, the trophy may be fake, but the image of Messi winning the World Cup would still be iconic. Stay tuned for more news and updates.