Twitter users fear the ‘Aaron Ramsey curse’ has struck for the eleventh time.
It was announced today that Sir Bruce Forsyth has died aged 89 – just seven days after the midfielder scored as a sub against Leicester.
As daft as it might sound, there is a bizarrely long list of famous people who have died just after a Ramsey goal.
And plenty of football fans on Twitter pointed out the coincidence straight away.
There are now ELEVEN examples of a Ramsey strike preceding the death of a high-profile figure.
22 August 2009: Ramsey scores in a 4-1 win over Portsmouth.
25 August 2009: Senator Ted Kennedy dies
1 May 2011: Ramsey scores in 1-0 win against Man United.
2 May 2011: Osama Bin Laden dies.
2 October 2011: Ramsey scores in 2-1 defeat against Tottenham.
5 October 2011: Steve Jobs dies.
19 October 2011: Ramsey scores in 1-0 win against Marseille.
20 October 2011: Colonel Gaddafi dies.
11 February 2012: Ramsey scores in 2-1 win against Sunderland.
11 February 2012: Whitney Houston dies.
30 November 2013: Ramsey scores twice in 3-0 win against Cardiff.
30 November 2013: Paul Walker dies.
10 August 2014: Ramsey scores in 3-0 win against Man City.
11 August 2014: Robin Williams dies.
9 January 2016: Ramsey scores in 3-1 win against Sunderland.
10 January 2016: David Bowie dies.
13 January 2016: Ramsey scores in 3-3 draw against Liverpool.
14 January 2016: Alan Rickman dies.
5 March 2016: Ramsey scores in 2-2 draw against Tottenham.
6 March 2016: Nancy Reagan dies.
11 August 2017: Ramsey scores in 4-3 win over Leicester.
18 August 2017: Sir Bruce Forsyth dies.
Ramsey, however, is not about to join in with the bad taste gag.
Despite the lighthearted nature of this nonsense, when “the curse of Ramsey” was brought up to the Welshman during an interview, he made it clear he doesn’t find it amusing…
Interviewer: I was wondering if you were aware – I guess you were – that a couple of years ago whenever you seemed to score someone famous seemed to die, and a big thing was made of it for a while. Were you aware of that at the time?
Ramsey: (unamused) A few people did make me aware, but I didn’t score as many goals then. I’ve scored quite a few goals now where no-one had died, thank God…
Interviewer: So you’ve been able to put that one to bed.
Ramsey : Yeah… it was a silly rumour that I didn’t take any notice of.
Interviewer: (laughing) You didn’t find it amusing, in a bizarre sort of way?
Ramsey: No I didn’t really find it funny.
Alex Dimond, the journalist who asked Ramsey the question, took to Twitter to reveal the awkward exchange.
He wrote: “And here’s a deleted scene from that Aaron Ramsey interview, when my ham-fisted attempt at ‘banter’ went wrong…”