Video of Rihanna at World Cup Goes Viral Again After Lookalike Mixup With Influencer Priscila Beatrice

Rihanna has gone viral yet again this week — though not for the reason you might think.

In a viral Twitter post today, the Grammy Award-winning musician was mistakenly identified as Brazilian influencer Priscila Beatrice, who presents herself as a Rihanna lookalike on social media. “Brazilian Priscila Beatrice is once again mistaken by Rihanna,” says the caption of the video in an English translation, which led some people to think that Priscila was somehow impersonating Rihanna at the 2022 FIFA Qatar World Cup, which is currently in session. Other users shared snarky memes in response to the false identification.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Rihanna attends the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Estadio Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
Rihanna attends the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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However, the viral video with the incorrect caption, which was re-tweeted from another Twitter user, has now amassed over 20,000 likes, was actually showing the real Rihanna, not her lookalike, in a video from the 2014 FIFA Brazil World Cup. The re-tweet featuring the erroneous caption was shared from an account that accurately uploaded the video and identified it as a throwback tribute to Rihanna’s appearance at the 2014 World Cup. It received more than 3 million views today.

In 2014, the original video, which was from a TV news segment from the Germany vs. Argentina game, went viral at the time as well, showing the singer wearing a lacy soccer jersey, a string of diamonds, and a deep red lip. Rihanna also had the Brazilian flag painted on her neck, as well as the name of Brazilian soccer player Pelé on her cheek.

Matter of fact, Rihanna and Beatrice are far from Qatar this week. The influencer is currently in São Paulo, recording a non-official music video for the World Cup. Previously, she was mistaken as Rihanna while out in Brussels in 2021.

The FIFA World Cup — also known as the World Cup — is an international soccer competition between senior men’s national teams within the Fédération Internationale de Football Association. The 2022 Cup will take place at Al Bayt Stadium in Qatar with 32 teams over 64 matches; the winning team will be announced on Dec. 18, taking home a prize of $42 million USD. This year’s opening ceremony included performances by Jung Kook of BTS, as well as Fahad Al-Kubaisi. The occasion is notably the most expensive World Cup ever from investments totaling $300 billion.

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