Why AS Roma has taken a stand against the “Drake Curse”

It looks like the “Drake Curse” is a real thing after all. The legendary Italian club Roma have jokingly “banned” their players from posing for photos with Drake, an international rap superstar after PSG lost to Lille in an unexpected turn of events.

In the hilarious development, PSG’s left-back Layvin Kurzawa recently posted a picture taken with the Canadian rapper, which led to a half-serious outrage amongst the French football club’s fans.

The fans were afraid that the picture, taken during the rapper’s show at the London O2 Arena would be a bad omen for the upcoming title fight PSG had with Lille. “Oh no, there goes the league title”, the comments read.

Sure enough, PSG lost the Ligue 1 title shot with Lille in a horrible fashion – 5 goals to 1, prompting rage and humour-filled frenzy amongst the fans of the club. The shock was exacerbated by the humiliating nature of the defeat.

Roma aren’t taking any chances

This particular defeat was only the latest in a long line of catastrophes that seem to follow anyone who snaps a photo with “Champagne Papi”. It seems that athletes of all kind would do well to avoid bumping into Drake before their big challenge.

Even though they’re no longer competing for the Serie A title, Roma FC appears to be springing into action to avoid the “curse”.

“All Roma players banned from taking photos with Drake until the end of the season,” says the football club’s official Twitter account.

This makes all the more sense, given that the majority of the victims of the rapper’s bad karma seem to football clubs. Manchester City, Arsenal, and Dortmund all lost their respective games after one or more of their footballers were spotted posing for pictures with Drake.

Other victims of Drake’s curse

The curse isn’t a new thing, either. Over the last decade, some of the most prolific athletes and teams in various sports have surrendered their next matchups following an encounter with Drizzy.

A few weeks ago, the British boxing superstar Anthony Joshua also posed for a picture with the rapper, raising concerns about his upcoming bout with Big Baby Miller in June.

The curse really dialled itself to 11 in 2019, however. Some of the other victims of Drake over the years include:

  1. Kentucky losing their college Basketball match against Wisconsin in 2014
  2. Miami Heat destroyed by San Antonio in the NBA Finals of the same year
  3. Serena Williams losing the US Open Semi-Finals to Roberta Vinci in 2015
  4. Johnny Manziel dropping out of NFL and losing his entire career in 2016
  5. “The Notorious” MMA superstar Conor McGregor suffering a humiliating defeat against Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2018
  6. Borussia Dortmund destroyed by Munchen Bayern in 2019
  7. Arsenal losing to Everton in 2019
  8. Man City getting defeated by Tottenham in the 2019 Champions League
  9. And last, but not least, Paris Saint Germaine getting absolutely obliterated by Lille in Ligue one title bout in 2019 as well

It remains to be seen, how many other victims the Drake curse will have, but so far, the results aren’t very hopeful. On a less cheerful note, some users have had biting remarks regarding Roma’s announcement, saying they were glad to see the football club taking a stand against paedophilia, referring to the recent allegations on sexual misconduct against the rapper.