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FACT CHECK: Viral False Claim About DStv Creating Channel To Show Saudi League Because Of Ronaldo

Social media users have been sharing an online post that claims that Sub-Saharan African broadcast satellite service, DStv has created a new channel, 240, “just to show the Saudi Arabian league”.


Many of the social media users sharing the claim, apparently fans of Portuguese football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, tagged it “the Ronaldo effect”. The claim appeared on Facebook and Twitter.

See some of the posts below:


Ronaldo, 37, joined Al-Nassr of Saudi Arabia in December 2022. His two-year contract took effect on January 1, 2023.

His arrival is a stunning turn of events after he spent the first half of the current football season in the English Premier League (EPL).

Widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, Ronaldo is one of the world’s most marketable and famous athletes. He has turned out for Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus in a career that spans over 20 years.


The said DStv channel, 240, has been in existence since at least mid-2022, and it is for horse racing. See pictorial evidence below:

Cristiano Ronaldo Al Nassr

VERDICT: The claim that DStv opened a channel (240) for the Saudi Arabian league by virtue of Ronaldo’s presence in the Asian country, is false. DStv channel 240 is not a new channel.

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