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No, Argentina Is Not Issuing A 1000 Peso Note Featuring Lionel Messi [Read More]

Fernando Alonso, Senior Manager of Communications at the BCRA who refuted the viral claim, calling it fake.

Viral posts falsely claim that Argentina is going to print new currency notes with footballer Lionel Messi’s face on them. BOOM found that the claim is false and spoke to a spokesperson of the country’s central bank, the Banco Central De La República Argentina (BCRA), who said there was no such plan to print currency notes in honour of Messi, in the works.

The claim is being shared with mock up photos of a 1000 Argentine peso note with Messi’s face on one side and a photo of the Argentina national football team lifting the FIFA World Cup trophy on the other.

Lionel Messi led Argentina to victory at the FIFA World Cup 2022 against France in a nail-biting match on December 18. By defeating France in the penalty shootout (4-2), the Argentine team brought the trophy home for the third time, after a wait of 36 years.

While El Financiero did carry a report about the same, in their story they also added that the BCRA officials made the proposal to use Messi’s face for their new 1000 Argentine pesos banknote in jest. This explanation was omitted by the news outlets citing El Financiero and the false claims that went viral believing the news to be true.

Source: Boom Live

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