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Kylian Mbappe’s footage speaking ill of Neymar, manipulated

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Claim: A TikTok video shows Kylian Mbappe supposedly talking in an interview about former teammate, Neymar Santos (Jnr)’s ego.

Kylian Mbappe’s footage speaking ill of Neymar, manipulated

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In the past, former Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) forward Neymar Santos (Jnr.) has been in the tabloids for his seemingly arrogant display on and off the football pitch. In 2023, the Brazilian star transferred to Saudi Arabia side Al Hilal after six seasons at Parc des Princes.

Over a year later, a Tiktok video claims former PSG teammate and French star Kylian Mbappe, spoke about Mr Santos’ ego and how it is responsible for his shortcomings at Camp Nou and Parc Des Princes

“You don’t have to compare Neymar with me. Because he could have achieved so much in football. But the problem was his ego, he always wanted to be the centre of attention,” Mr Mbappe allegedly said.

“When he was at Barcelona, he was always in Messi’s shadows. He moved to PSG, and uhm, he didn’t get any better because he only found himself in my shadow. So it was probably the reason he left for Saudi Arabia.” He continued

The video has also been posted on YouTube

As of Wednesday, May 22, 2024, the TikTok post has attracted over 72,000 likes and 299 comments, bookmarked 3,628 times, and shared 555 times.

Although some application users reacted to the video by thinking it contained traces of artificial intelligence, some swallowed the integrity of the post hook, line, and sinker.

“Is that Mbappe’s voice?” Mb___Max asked.

“You can’t be in Neymar’s shoes. You are so good, thanks to Neymar.” THE KAZIMOR JR commented.

“Mbappe cannot reach the level of Neymar,” Kimzich wrote.

In the face of divergent opinions, DUBAWA verified the video’s authenticity.

Verification

DUBAWA conducted a keyword search on interviews conducted for Mr Mbappe and came across a YouTube video material credited to Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) Sports in 2022. The video has apparent similarities with the TikTok post.

In the video, Mr Mbappe tells CBS Sports of his decision to stay in Paris, the reactions from Spain, and the potential of winning the Champions League with PSG.

We also noticed that the French player’s voice-speech synchronisation lacks communication cohesion, which largely indicates a digital alteration. 

Conclusion

The claim is false, and findings show that the video has been manipulated. 

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