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Marouane Fellaini Smashed Face Photo refers to a series of photoshops of a picture Manchester United soccer player Marouane Fellaini after he was hit in the face with a soccer ball.
On August 8th, 2017, a photograph by Associated Press photographer Boris Grdanoski of Manchester United soccer player Marouane Fellaini being in the face with a soccer ball appeared online. The photo, shot in super high-quality, shows his lips and face malformed in the instant following the hit (shown below). The picture was taken at the UEFA Super Cup final soccer match between Real Madrid and Manchester United.
That night, Redditor Jordanbvb09 posted the image on the subreddit /r/PhotoshopBattles, where users could upload manipulated the picture in humorous ways (examples below). The thread received more than 2,100 points (97% upvoted) and 90 comments.
That night, Fellaini commented on the picture and shared it on his personal Twitter account. He captioned the post "Thank you to everyone who posted & sent me this 😂😂😂😂😂😂" The post (shown below) received more than 93,000 retweets and 187,000 likes in less than 48 hours.
On Twitter, people began sharing more photoshops as well. Twitter published a Moments page to archive some of the most popular posts.