You may be aware of the very macabre Aaron Ramsey Curse, one of football's most disturbing trends.
We addressed the return of the curse on our daily sports podcast, The Racket:
A number of people noticed that for a couple of years, an Aaron Ramsey goal triggered an increase in column inches dedicated to the obituaries:
Then a fine run of form throughout the 2013-14 season saw Ramsey score goals at a rate which could not be matched by coincidental celebrity deaths.
Ramsey's return to form this January was concurrent with a spate of sad celebrity deaths, including Alan Rickman and David Bowie.
Aaron Ramsey scores vs Sunderland; Bowie dies less than 48 hrs later.
Ramsey scores vs Liverpool; Rickman dies.
Has curse returned?
— Frank Dalleres (@frankdalleres) January 14, 2016
And now, once again. Ramsey scored against Spurs in the North London derby, and just over 24 hours later, the death of former First Lady of the United States, Nancy Reagan.
— Footie Stuffs (@FootieStuffs) March 7, 2016
Aaron Ramsey killed Nancy Reagan.
— Mark Farrelly (@MarkFarrelly131) March 6, 2016
Gonna put the death of 94 year old Nancy Reagan down to inevitability rather than Aaron Ramsey.
— Rhys James (@rhysjamesy) March 6, 2016
You may not be surprised to hear that Ramsey himself is unimpressed by a belief in this curse, as he told Bleacher Report's Alex Dimond last year: