Viral YouTuber IShowSpeed’s growth on social media platforms has been meteoric. It is no secret how much the 17-year-old internet sensation loves Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
Darren Watkins aka IShowSpeed caught everybody’s attention for his electric personality. He has an over-enthusiastic persona that can keep his audience engaged. Speed has grown very quickly around his socials crossing millions of followers across Tiktok, Twitter, and YouTube. He is loud, and always super energetic, but is he really that person behind the camera?
Back in September of 2022, he was a part of the YouTube All Stars vs the Sidemen charity match. Speed started the match off the bench and the audience from the stands demanded Speed’s substitution. Darren started the match with a crunching tackle on KSI and celebrated it like a goal. Late in the match, he scored an offside goal and celebrated using the signature celebration of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Darren has chased Ronaldo to meet him multiple times. He went to the last Manchester United game before the World Cup break where Cristiano didn’t even travel with the team. Speed came to Qatar to see the Portuguese play live or maybe get a chance to meet him. While he got to see his idol play live, he didn’t get to meet him.
Did IShowSpeed fake his Cristiano Ronaldo reactions?
In the past, a lot of YouTubers and social media stars were exposed for having fake personalities on camera. As much as the audiences are fascinated by a unique and different character, it never sits well with them as soon as it comes across as fake.
IShowSpeed traveled to Qatar to watch Ronaldo in the World Cup, only for him to end up on the bench pic.twitter.com/h2QYL94g5f
— Dexerto (@Dexerto) December 6, 2022
Speed went on to attend Switzerland vs Portugal Round of 16 knockout matches. A viral video on YouTube shows Watkins being approached by a guy that looked like someone from his production crew and told him that he needs to pretend 5 minutes before the match that he didn’t know Ronaldo is on the bench. Speed didn’t realize that his mic was active until a bit late.
Speed did another controversial ‘act’ on World Cup final day. He attended the match in a Portugal jersey but removed it to reveal a France jersey. He brought out insane reactions from the people around him to reveal an Argentina jersey underneath his France jersey. Fans across social media have started to believe that Speed just puts on a show on the camera and everything he does is scripted.
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