AS Roma have jokingly banned its players from taken pictures with Canadian rapper Drake after the multiple Award winner was branded a “curse” for sports teams
The rapper has gained a reputation for being a bad luck charm after posing with footballers or their team’s shirt.
On Sunday evening, Paris Saint Germain suffered a shock 5-1 loss at the hands of Lille, only days after full-back Layvin Kurzawa posed for a photo with Drake.
And weeks previously, Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero posed for a selfie at Drake’s Manchester Arena show. It was followed shortly by Aguero’s penalty miss in their defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in the first leg of the Champions League quarter finals
Now, it seems that Roma aren’t taking any chances. “All Roma players banned from taking photos with Drake until the end of the season,” they quipped on Twitter.
Other stars who have fallen victim to the curse include Arsenal’s Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, who met Drake only days before the team’s 1-0 loss to Everton earlier this month. It’s the same for Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, who posed with the rapper before the team’s defeat to Wolves in the FA Cup Quarter Finals.
It’s believed that the apparent “curse” dates back to 2013 when NBA side Toronto Raptors announced that Drake was to become a global ambassador for the side. Since then, they’ve developed a reputation for failing to perform in big games.