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The 'Drake Curse' Has Been Officially Debunked, Data Proves It's Not What It Seems

Josh Lawless

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The 'Drake Curse' Has Been Officially Debunked, Data Proves It's Not What It Seems

The 'Drake curse' has officially been debunked, with data suggesting that the Canadian rapper isn't the ultimate bad luck charm after all.

In recent years, the four-time Grammy award winner has become a monumental meme and ended up getting blamed for the outcomes in a whole host of different sports.

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Simply put, a trend emerged whereby Drake would pose with an athlete and then they would almost definitely lose their next game.

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Drake infamously walked out with Conor McGregor for his UFC 229 lightweight title fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov and the Irishman tapped out.

Image: PA
Image: PA

Serena Williams, one of the greatest tennis players of all time, lost Roberta Vinci in the US open semi finals - while 'Drizzy' also posed with Anthony Joshua before he suffered a shock world heavyweight title defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr in New York in June 2019.

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Jadon Sancho and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have both been affected by the 'curse' , while Drake was also cited as the main factor in Alabama's loss to Clemson in college football and defeats for the Golden State Warriors and the Kentucky Basketball team.

But fresh information from OLBG has shown that football stars are mainly blessed rather than cursed by rubbing shoulders with 'Champagne Papi' himself.

The sports betting community have concluded that the curse isn't real as only 31% of players go on to lose their next match after meeting Drake - with 69% tasting victory.

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They looked at 13 players in total from a range of clubs and leagues. In April 2012, Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard met Drake days apart on separate occasions but both won their next Chelsea games against Benfica and Wigan respectively.

Mario Balotelli, Marcelo, Layvin Kurzawa and Wilfried Zaha were the four players who all tasted defeat after linking up with the record-breaking Toronto superstar.

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The likes of Neymar, Paul Pogba, Daniel Sturridge and Sergio Aguero all won as did Drake's compatriot Alphonso Davies, the most recent addition to the list in October last year.


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Here is the breakdown in full:

  1. Didier Drogba - April 2012 - Chelsea - 2-1 win vs Benfica
  2. Frank Lampard - April 2012 - Chelsea - 2-1 win vs Wigan
  3. Mario Balotelli - April 2012 - Man City - 1-0 loss vs Arsenal
  4. Marcelo - September 2014 - Real Madrid - 2-1 loss vs Atletico Madrid
  5. Neymar - September 2014 - Barcelona - 2-0 win vs Athletic Bilbao
  6. Paul Pogba - August 2016 - Man United - 2-1 win vs Leicester City
  7. Daniel Sturridge - February 2017 - 2-0 win vs Spurs
  8. Sergio Aguero - March 2019 - 3-2 win vs Swansea
  9. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - April 2019 - Arsenal - 2-0 win vs Napoli
  10. Layvin Kurzawa - April 2019 - PSG - 5-1 loss vs Lille
  11. Wilfried Zaha - April 2019 - Crystal Palace - 3-1 loss to Man City
  12. Jadon Sancho - June 2020 - Borussia Dortmund - 1-0 win vs Fortuna Dusseldorf
  13. Alphonso Davies - October 2021 - Bayern Munich - 5-1 win vs Bayer Leverkusen

Featured Image Credit: Image: Instagram/@champagnepapi & @kunaguero

Topics: Drake, Conor McGregor, Anthony Joshua, Sergio Aguero, Serena Williams, Jadon Sancho

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