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The Ramsey curse is a phrase you may see popping up every time a certain former Arsenal midfielder scores.
People have noticed a spooky link between Aaron Ramsey, who switched to Juventus in 2019 and signed a loan for Scottish Premiership champions Rangers in 2022, and celebrity deaths.
A frenzy unfolded on social media in 2018 when fans were convinced the Welsh midfielder's "curse" had struck again when he scored against CSKA Moscow.
The then 28-year-old managed to net an impressive goal in Arsenal's victory, and shortly after, professional darts player Eric Bristow suffered a sudden heart attack.
Fans were quick to point the finger at the curse, claiming a bizarre connection between celebrity deaths and his scoring record.
One person on Twitter said: “20:14 – Aaron Ramsey scores…. 21:49 – Eric Bristow is pronounced dead. The curse is back to haunt your dreams.”
Another wrote: “Curse of Aaron Ramsey strikes again.”
What is the Aaron Ramsey curse?
A mysterious theory is circling the internet that when Aaron Ramsey scores a goal, a well-known celebrity is doomed to pass away shortly after.
The Juventus and Wales player often manages to pop up with vital goals – but sometimes with a sinister downside.
Fans have labelled the unfortunate coincidence “The Curse of Aaron Ramsey” or the Ramsey Effect.
Out of 64 career goals, 23 have been followed by the death of a celebrity.
For example – scientist Stephen Hawking and comedian Ken Dodd died – sparking theories that the curse had struck again.
In 2015 Ramsey opened up about the curious theory in an interview with Sport Magazine, calling it “ridiculous”.
He said: “The most ridiculous rumour I’ve heard is that people die after I score.
“There have been loads of occasions where I’ve scored and somebody has died.”
However, Ramsey pointed to the positive side of it, saying: “That’s just a crazy rumour. Although I took out some baddies!”
Which stars are linked to the “curse”?
Ted Kennedy, August 25, 2009 – three days after he scored against Portsmouth
Andrés Monte, October 14, 2009 – two days after his first goal with Wales the admired Spanish football and basketball commentator Andrés Montes passed away
Osama Bin Laden, May 2, 2011 – a day after he scored against Manchester United
Steve Jobs, October 5, 2011 – three days after he scored against Tottenham Hotspur
Muammar Gaddafi, October 20, 2011 – a day after he scored against Marseille
Whitney Houston, February 11, 2012 – a day after he scored against Sunderland
Ray Williams, March 22, 2013 and Boris Berezovsky March 23, Ramsey scores on March 21
Ken Norton, September 18, 2013 – Same day he scored against Marsellie
Paul Walker, November 30, 2013 – Same day he scored against Cardiff
Robin Williams, August 11, 2014 – the day after he scored against Manchester City
Rubin Carter, April 20, 2014 – Same day he scored against Hull City
David Bowie, January 10, 2016 – a day after he scored against Sunderland
Alan Rickman, January 14 2016 – a day after he scored against Liverpool
Nancy Reagan, March 6, 2016 – a day after he scored against Tottenham
Nicky Hayden, May 22, 2017 – The day after he scored against Everton
Roger Moore, May 23, 2017 – Two days after he scored against Everton
Gregg Allman, May 27, 2017 – Same day he scored against Chelsea
Bruce Forsyth, August 18, 2017 – a week after he scored against Leicester
Ken Dodd, March 9, 2018 and Stephen Hawking March 14 – Ramsey scored on March 8 against AC Milan
Eric Bristow, April 5, 2018 – Same day as Ramsey scored against CSKA Moscow
Burt Reynolds, September 6, 2018 – Same day he scored for Wales
Keith Flint / Luke Perry, March 4, 2019 – Two days after Ramsey scores against Tottenham
Kenneth Kaunda (Zambia's first president), June 17 2021 – two days after Ramsey scored for Wales against Turkey at Euro 2020
Twitter users were quick to blame the 'curse' for his death, with one saying: "RIP to Kenneth Kaunda. Aaron Ramsey curse goes on."
June Brown, April 4, 2022 – EastEnders' Dot Cotton passed away the day after Ramsey scored the opening goal against Celtic on April 3
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