It’s a somewhat creepy coincidence that has become a running gag. Since the beginning of his career, Welsh international midfielder Aaron Ramsey has been dogged by a strange curse: with almost every goal he scores, within 24 to 72 hours, the death of a personality shakes the news. .
A curse that has become a fad, even to the point that today, as soon as the Welshman shakes the net, it is the first thing that some football fans think of. This Sunday, for his debut in Ligue 1 with his new club Nice, against Toulouse at the Stadium (1-1), he thus scored the goal of the Nice equalizer on one of his first balls touched, four months after his last goal for Glasgow Rangers. When, 24 hours later, the death of the star of « Grease » Oliva Newton-John was announced, some did not fail to see a return of the « curse ».
Like many things, this “reputation” was born on social networks. In 2011, Aaron Ramsey is a young player who starts at Arsenal and who, above all, scores relatively little. That year, he scored a total of four goals: one on February 22, one on May 1, one on October 2 and one on October 19. These last three are followed by the deaths of Osama Bin Laden (May 2, 2011), Steve Jobs (October 5) and Muammar Gaddafi (October 20). The next goal, scored on February 11, 2012, precedes the death of Whitney Houston (12).
Enough to turn the heads of some Internet users and make these coincidences a bad omen, and even, therefore, a “running gag” on social networks. Since then, each of his goals has been linked to this strange curse, and the « list » of deaths occurring after one of his goals has grown considerably: Paul Walker, Robin Williams, David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Nancy Reagan, Roger Moore, Burt Reynolds, Stephen Hawking, Jacques Chirac or Mac Miller among others, all died the same day or in the days following an achievement by Aaron Ramsey, who scored 77 times since 2008. Hoping that it doesn’t does not prevent him from scoring more goals with the Nice Aiglons.