Madeleine McCann Image at Europe League Final Game Sparks Media Storm (+Photos)

May 20, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

News of the missing girl, Madeleine McCann started a new round of controversy after a photo of close semblance, taken during an S.L. Benfica match in Portugal, started circulating the inter webs. 

McCann, who disappeared in 2007 during a family vacation in Portugal, was caught by camera’s spanning the stadium, which are said to be ITV4’s coverage of the Europa League final in Turin, Portugal, on May 14, 2014. 

Although commentators have noted that the image looks like McCann is 3-year-old, the age when she was kidnapped, which makes the coincidence highly unlike as the girl would have aged. 

According to The New Zealand Herald the hunt cost the Metropolitan Police of London around $12 million. The photo taken during the match was tweeted to the police. 

Despite the sighting, McCann’s parents, the British couple Kate and Gerry McCann, are still looking for the girl.

“What is encouraging is that it shows everyone is still looking for Madeleine,” a family friend of the McCanns told the paper. “That will give her family great strength.”