ISLAMABAD (AFP) – A photo that has been shared thousands of times on Facebook appears to show three of the world’s top footballers handing Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan a large cheque, purportedly to help build two new hydroelectric dams. The claim is false and the image has been doctored from an original photograph posted on Khan’s official Twitter account.

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The photograph has been repeatedly posted on Facebook, for example here where it has been shared more than 1,000 times since it was published January 25, 2019.

The post’s caption says: “The great players of the football world present a blank cheque to Prime Minister Imran Khan for dam fund and express nobel wishes for Pakistan.”

The fund seeking donations to build two dams in Pakistan was set up in July 2018 and has been promoted by Prime Minister Imran Khan, for example here on his party s official Twitter feed.

The image appears to show three famous football players, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr posing for a photo while handing over a large cheque to Khan.

But the photo has been doctored from an original, which was posted on Khan’s official twitter account on December 31, 2018.

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