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The Ramsey Curse: Scoring goals and taking lives?

Numerous outlandish phenomena have sent the sports world into amazement or bewilderment over the course of sports history. Aaron Ramsey is one player who finds himself at the pinnacle of eerie circumstances. Ramsey’s predicament is a little more “life or death” oriented, which has sent soccer followers into a frenzy.

Ramsey has been making waves on social media. The attention is not for anything he said or did off the field, but from purely scoring goals with a caveat. People who have been keeping track of Ramsey’s career have come to notice whenever he scores a goal a recognizable figure dies.

Ramsey assumed the role of Grim Reaper in 2011 playing Arsenal in the Premier League. Due to Ramsey being a box-to-box midfielder, he rarely plays in an attacking position, which limits scoring oppor- tunities. Yet, the times he does bury a goal, headlines are made because of the death of a political leader, entertainer or celebrity.

The first occurrence was when Ramsey scored on May 1, 2011. The very next day, Osama Bin Laden was pronounced dead after a 10-year manhunt.

In October of the same year Ramsey scored two goals, and two other prominent people died. Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, passed away on Oct. 5, three days after Ramsey scored a goal. Then former Libyan Prime Minister Muammar Gaddafi died on Oct. 20. Ramsey scored a goal the day before.

Ramsey was asked if he was made aware of the supposed curse in an interview with freelance sports journalist Alex Dimond.

“A few people did make me aware [of the stories], but I didn’t score as many goals then,” said Ramsey. “I’ve scored a few goals now where no-one has died, thank God.”

Followers of the “Ramsey Curse” will be quick to point out Whitney Houston, Robin Williams, David Bowie and Alan Rickman all died in conjunction with a Ramsey goal.

Houston passed away on February 11, 2012 and Williams passed away August 11, 2014. Both celebri- ties were pronounced dead hours after Ramsey scored a goal.

Most recently, David Bowie and Alan Rickman passed away on Jan. 10 and Jan. 14, respectively. Bowie died a day after Ramsey scored against Sunderland, and it is said Rickman passed away after Ramsey’s goal against Liverpool.

While some Ramsey followers are greatly concerned, others consider it a coincidence. Coincidence or not, Ramsey is not concerned in the slightest.

“It was a silly rumor that I didn’t take any notice of,” Ramsey said.

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