Football Club Signs Striker Based On Fake Wikipedia Statistics

Barkley Miguel Panzo after signing for Lithuanian side FK Panevėžys. Yahoo photo

A footballer who amended his Wikipedia page to include ludicrously made-up career statistics has been employed by a Lithuanian club.

French-Angolan striker, Barkley Miguel Panzo, seems to have followed the example of Liberian striker, Ali Dia, who managed to secure a Premier League appearance after getting his agent to pretend to be George Weah.

Dia’s agent rang up Southampton and recommended him. Thinking it was the globally-rated Weah making the recommendation, Southampton fell for it all, and the rest, as it is said, is history.

Twenty-five-year-old Panzo has just joined Lithuanian second division side FK Panevėžys and it appears the only scouting they did on him was reading his Wikipedia page.

“It appears that the player has played at high-level championships,” said a statement on Panevėžys’ website alongside a photo of understandably happy, if slightly bemused that it actually worked, Panzo, when he definitely hasn’t.

Some of the other ridiculous claims on Panzo’s Wikipedia page that his new side fell for include:

• Scoring 45 goals in 36 games for Queens Park Rangers between 2010 and 2012. That definitely didn’t happen.

• Playing three times for Angola and scoring one goal during African Nations Cup qualifiers. Official records dispute this.

• Having signed a sponsorship deal with a Swedish watch company Daniel Wellington. Again, seemingly fake.

But Panevėžys have bought it all hook, line and sinker. A statement on their website reads: “A footballer born in Paris began his professional career in England at the Queens Park Rangers club.

“In the 2010-2012 season, representing the QPR team in the Championship, B. Panzo played 36 matches with 24 goals.”

The statement continues: “After that, the footballer had to play with Sarlat Marcillac, Moulins, Brevinois Foot, Les Sables-d’Olonne.

“In the 2016-2017 season, Mr. Panzo fought in France’s second-best league (Ligue-2), where he defended the Orleans team’s reputation.

“The attacker scored 6 goals in a 21-match match at Orleans.”

Nobody can seem to confirm any of these, but they aren’t quite as bold as claiming he had a ratio of 1:2 goal per game at QPR.

Th Internet community would have none of it, and on Friday afternoon, Panzo’s Wiki page was amended to suggest he had, in fact, scored 345 goal goals for QPR before going on to score 9,999 goals for the New York Knicks.

Eventually, his entire Wikipaedia page was taken down.

(Yahoo Sport UK)

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