The world of football is no stranger to a wild rumour in the social media age – with gossip spreading like wildfire on platforms like Twitter.
However, not every crazy piece of so called news that is posted turns out to be true, with many wide of the mark and completely false. These include claims of players romping with their teammates' mothers, bogus transfer rumours and teammates fighting over an adulterous changing room relationships.
With that in mind, Daily Star Sport looks at seven of football's wildest false rumours, including a Gerard Pique romp and Sergio Aguero's "strange" winning goal.
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Gerard Pique and Gavi’s mum
Barcelona defender Pique and Colombian popstar Shakira announced their split earlier this summer after the World Cup winner had allegedly cheated on the mother of his children.
After news of their split broke, rumours began circulating that the woman Pique had cheated on Shakira with was the mother of his Barca team-mate Gavi.
Numerous troll accounts on social media claimed that the Spaniard was romantically involved with the 17-year-old midfielder's mother before the story was debunked.
El Periodico's report on the alleged cheating stated that the woman in question was blonde and in her 20s, ruling out Gavi's brunette mum.
Marcelo to Leicester City
As recently as last week, former Real Madrid captain was linked with a shock deadline day switch to Leicester City during the final hours of the transfer window.
The rumour had first been reported on social media by YouTuber Marti Miras, who tweeted: "The former Real Madrid player is VERY CLOSE to signing for Leicester City. In the absence of passing a medical examination, he would sign until June 2023. More information in the next few hours."
However, the excitement of Foxes fans was soon turned to frustration after the BBC's Simon Stone tweeted: "Told Marcelo to @LCFC is not happening." The veteran Brazilian full-back instead joined Greek side Olympiacos the following day.
Former Lazio wonderkid Joseph Minala was accused of lying about his real age after signing for the Italian club as a 17-year-old in 2014.
After news of his arrival was confirmed and pictures of the midfielder appeared online, fans began speculating that he was older than he claimed, due to his appearance.
Those rumours were then fuelled further after an African website shockingly claimed that Minala was in fact 42-years-old. The claims soon spread around the footballing world before Minala shut down the reports.
At the time, he stated: "I have read the alleged statements posted on the website senego.net in which it says I confessed my real age which was different to what was stated in my [official] documents. They are false statements that have been attributed to me by people who do not know."
Ronaldo and Nike
Brazil legend Ronaldo had been in fine form during the 1998 World Cup, scoring four times to fire his side to a final meeting with hosts France in Paris.
However, the player of the tournament was initially left off the teamsheet for the final, kickstarting one of the game's greatest ever mysteries.
Team doctor Lidio Toledo revealed, via the BBC, that Ronaldo had suffered a seizure in the hours before the match and had been taken to hospital, before later being cleared to play after a series of tests.
Although never confirmed by any of the parties involved, football conspiracy theorists have since claimed that Ronaldo, who struggled during the match, only played on the orders of his boot manufacturer Nike.
This has been denied by Ronaldo.
Tottenham Hotspur lasagne-gate
Tottenham Hotspur went into the final day of the 2005/06 season in pole position to secure the final Champions League spot ahead of north London rivals Arsenal.
Spurs were one point ahead of the Gunners and hoping to qualify for the Champions League for the first time. However, Martin Jol's side were ultimately beaten by West Ham United and pipped to fourth place by Arsenal.
A number of key Spurs players had been taken ill the night before the game, leading fans to speculate that hotel staff had intentionally given them food poisoning in what became known as "lasagne-gate".
The hotel in question was ultimately cleared by the Health Protection Agency less than two weeks later, though, putting to rest any rumours of intentional sabotage.
Wayne Rooney questions Sergio Aguero goal
Manchester City won their first Premier League title in dramatic fashion on the final day of the 2011/12 season thanks to Sergio Aguero's stoppage time goal.
City had trailed going into additional time before scoring twice in quick succession to snatch the title away from their fierce rivals Manchester United.
However, despite the match taking place over a decade ago, not everyone involved has moved on from the incident. Former United striker Wayne Rooney even fuelled rumours that Queens Park Rangers had thrown the game away earlier this year.
He told The Sun in May: "City get the second goal and QPR kick it straight back to them and that's never been questioned – I find that strange." Rooney also questioned why QPR striker Djibril Cisse was seen celebrating with City players at full-time.
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