Bosses at Italian soccer club AS Roma have banned players from posing for snaps with rapper Drake, insisting he’s bad news for European sportsmen.
Paris Saint-Germain’s Layvin Kurzawa became the latest soccer star hit by a growing Drake curse when his team was hammered 5-1 by Lille on Sunday (14Apr19), immediately after he posed with the Canadian.
Paul Pogba’s Manchester United also went down 2-1 to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup after he joined Drake for a snap backstage at his recent Manchester Arena gig, and Arsenal lost 1-0 to Everton after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang posed with the rap star at the O2 in London.
Sergio Aguero became the English Premier League player ‘cursed’ by Drake — he missed a penalty in the Champions League as Manchester City lost 1-0 to Tottenham Hotspurs.
And now AS Roma bosses aren’t taking any chances.
“All Roma players banned from taking photos with Drake until the end of the season,” a tweet on the team’s official Twitter account reads.
The club is known for their dry sense of humor, making it likely that the Twitter post is just a stunt.
However other teams might be wishing they posted the same statement as a part of their actual policy. For good reason.
Fans have postulated that Drake puts a curse on the athlete and teams he supports, starting with his beloved Toronto Raptors for whom he has been a global ambassador since 2013. The team hasn’t won a major game since.
The rap star was also pictured backstage with UFC superstar Conor McGregor’s before his big 2018 fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov, holding up the Irish flag. The Irishman lost in the fourth round.
In January this year, Drake even attempted to end the curse himself ahead of a weekend fof two NFL Conference Championship games by wearing a sweater with all four team emblems stitched into it.
By probability alone, at least two of the four featured on his sweater would win a game. However, both games went into overtime, prompting people to joke that the curse still stood.
Unbeaten boxer Anthony Joshua claims he can break the curse in his match against Jarred Miller on June 1 and posted a picture with the rapper on March 21, with the caption, “Bout to the break the curse #June1st.”
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