The Curse Strikes Again. Every Time Drake Supports A Football Team, They Lose
Attention footballers: stay away from Drake.
The American rapper is being blamed for Italian champions Juventus crashing out of the Champions League quarter finals on Tuesday.
The reason for their exit wasn't the fearless play by Dutch side Ajax. No, it was the fact Drake shared a photo of himself in a Juventus jersey.
In the past few months, Drake has been making the rounds of various European football clubs meeting with players.
Problem is, wherever Drake goes, losses seem to follow.
"Once is an accident, twice is a coincidence and three times is enemy action."
So wrote James Bond-creator Ian Fleming in his novel Goldfinger. But what would he say about something happening SIX times?
It started in early April, when Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was snapped with Drake. Arsenal went on to lose 1-0 to lowly placed Everton.
English wunderkind Jadon Sancho posted a photo with the rapper, only for his side, Dortmund, to be decimated 5-0 by Bundesliga title challengers Bayern Munich.
A week later, Manchester City's Sergio Aguero was rapt to meet Drake at his concert, presenting him with a jersey. The curse hit Aguero twice as hard: he missed a penalty in a 1-0 Champions League quarter final loss to Tottenham.
Cross-city rivals Manchester United might have wished they knew about the curse when Paul Pogba met with the rapper at the same concert. They also went on to lose 1-0 in a Champions League quarterfinal, this time against Barcelona.
Paris Saint-Germain, who are runaway Ligue 1 champions, were dealt their biggest rout of the season in a 5-0 thrashing from Lille OSC. And yep, you guessed it, one of their players had been getting chummy with Drake, with Layvin Kurzawa the unfortunate victim.
But this latest loss by Juventus is being traced back to 2016, when Drake posted a photo on Instagram in the "Old Lady's" jersey.
Social media has convinced itself that the two Juventus losses this week are the result of the three-year-old photo.
One team is taking preventative measures against the curse, with fellow Italian team AS Roma 'banning' its players from meeting with the rapper.
"All Roma players banned from taking photos with Drake until the end of the season," the club tweeted.
In a personal plea to Drake, this Middlesbrough FC fan also asks that he doesn't wear our jersey. We're doing badly enough as it is.