If goals could kill

What do Osama bin Laden, Steve Jobs, Robin Williams, Paul Walker and Whitney Houston have in common? They all passed away after Aaron Ramsey scored a goal!

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What do Osama bin Laden, Steve Jobs, Robin Williams, Paul Walker and Whitney Houston have in common? They all passed away after Aaron Ramsey scored a goal! Now that may sound ridiculous but over the last few year, every time the Arsenal midfielder has scored, a celebrity is no more.

On May 1 2011, Aaron Ramsey scored the only goal of the game as Arsenal beat Manchester United. Next day, Osama bin Laden was killed by American soldiers. Nothing significant here.

Ramsey found the back of the net against Spurs in a 2-1 loss in the North London derby and three days later, Steve Jobs passed away. Probably a coincidence.

Two weeks later, the Welshman scored against Marseille in a UEFA Champions League game. Twenty-four hours later, Colonel Gaddafi is killed. Surely not?

Four months later, Ramsey came off the bench to net the equaliser in a 2-1 win over Sunderland. The very same day, American singer Whitney Houston is found dead. This was the first time there were mentions of the "Ramsey curse" when the Daily Mail ran a story about how the midfielder could possibly be involved in these deaths.

When nothing was heard for more than a year, Ramsey must've thought that was the last he would ever hear of it. Until he decided to score again, that is. Two goals against his former club Cardiff City and 'Fast and Furious' star Paul Walker joins the list of the so-called afflicted.

Fast forward one more season to the 2014 Community Shield, Ramsey scores in a 3-0 thrashing of Manchester City and Robin Williams is no more.

In comparison to these three years, 2015 had no such occurences and maybe young Aaron must have thought he would finally stop seeing pictures of himself next to the Grim Reaper. But the former Cardiff City star ushered in 2016 with two goals in two games against Sunderland and Liverpool. Who is it now? British musician David Bowie and Harry Potter star Alan Rickman.

The Ramsey curse shows no signs of stopping as the midfielder's goal in this weekend's 2-2 draw seemed to found another victim in former First Lady of the United States, Nancy Reagan.

A journalist actually questioned whether he was aware that his goal-scoring exploits were resulting in the deaths of the who's who in the world. Ramsey was not amused.





Aaron Ramsey is a two-time FA Cup winner and he may go on to win a lot more honours. But sadly, he is likely to be best remembered for the "Ramsey Curse". If only goals could kill eh?