Several social media users are claiming that former Ivory Coast footballer and Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has converted to Islam, along with photos of the player offering prayers with another man.
The archived versions of the tweets can be seen here and here.
Newschecker first ran a keyword search for “Didier Drogba Muslim”, which led us to a tweet from the footballer himself on November 8. Drogba debunks the viral posts, stating that he has not changed religion and the photos were just of him paying respect to his Muslim brothers during a visit to his village.
Drogba posted the same response on his Facebook page. We also noticed that on November 7, he posted a series of photos. According to the post, he had visited Niaprahio and Guiberoua, a village and town in Ivory Coast, for a tournament towards “social cohesion”.
We can confirm from the Facebook photo (left) that the viral images are of the same two people and that it was taken during Drogba’s visit to his village.
Tweet by Dider Drogba, November 8, 2022
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