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Didier Drogba Converted To Islam? No, Viral Claim Is False

Authors

Kushel HM is a mechanical engineer-turned-journalist, who loves all things football, tennis and films. He was with the news desk at the Hindustan Times, Mumbai, before joining Newschecker.

Claim

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.

Viral posts claiming Didier Drogba converted to Islam were found to be false.
Viral posts claiming Didier Drogba converted to Islam were found to be false.

 The archived versions of the tweets can be seen here and here.

Fact check

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”.

Viral posts claiming Didier Drogba converted to Islam were found to be false.
Viral posts claiming Didier Drogba converted to Islam were found to be false.
Photo from Drogba’s Facebook post.
Viral posts claiming Didier Drogba converted to Islam were found to be false.
Image from viral tweets.

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.

Result: False

Source

Tweet by Dider Drogba, November 8, 2022

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Authors

Kushel HM is a mechanical engineer-turned-journalist, who loves all things football, tennis and films. He was with the news desk at the Hindustan Times, Mumbai, before joining Newschecker.

Kushel HM
Kushel HM
Kushel HM is a mechanical engineer-turned-journalist, who loves all things football, tennis and films. He was with the news desk at the Hindustan Times, Mumbai, before joining Newschecker.

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