We realize that the so called Aaron Ramsey Curse has been a popular meme around the internet with the founder of Luis Vuitton being cited as the Welshman’s latest “victim”. In this article we want to take a deeper look at the theory and debunk it.
First let’s acknowledge the golden rule of statistics: “correlation does not imply causation”. In his book Spurious Correlations the author Tyler Vigen (military intelligence analyst and Harvard Law student) illustrates the rule through hilarious graphs inspired by his viral website. Here is an example:
Clearly there is no connection between Nick Cage flicks and swimming pool accidents, but the point is that any data can be made to look like it’s related thanks to false pattern recognition that is embedded in our brains from ancient times. This is exactly how, many conspiracy theories arise around the world. So with that in mind let’s look at Aaron Ramsey’s curse.
There is an obvious plothole in that hypothesis to begin with. Some of the celebs that he has “assassinated” in the course of his career are hardly international stars. Here are some examples: Andrés Montes soccer and basketball narrator, Chavela Vargas a 93 year old Mexican singer, Eric Bristow a darts players. House hold names? We don’t think so. Now let’s take a look at a list of actual world famous people who died in 2019:
Ruther Hauer (19/07/2019)
He is best known for his role as Roy Batty in the sci-fi cult classic Blade Runner and football fans will also recognize him from Goal 2 where plays the role of Real Madrid’s manager.
Peter Mayhew (30/04/2019)
This one was really painful. Peter played Chewbacca in the original Star Wars trilogy. He died aged 74.
Rip Thorn (06/07/2019)
Rip is perhaps most well known for being in the comedy sci-fi franchise Men In Black but for us his most treasured performance will always be the one form DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story.
Grumpy Cat (14/05/2019)
How famous Grympy Cat really is? Well, it has 1,6 million followers on Twitter, its likeness was used in an animated feature where the cat was voiced by Aubrey Plaza (a perfect choice if there ever was one) and has released a book that made the NY Times bestseller list. Fun fact: the feline’s real name was Tardar Sauce (cat people can be really effin cringy sometimes).
And here are Ramsey’s stats. In 2019 the Welshman has scored a total of 6 goals:
01/01/2019 v Fulham
02/03/2019 v Tottenham
01/04/2019 v Newcastle
01/05/2019 v Blackpool
21/09/2019 v Hellas Verona
06/11/2019 v Lokomitv Moscow
As you can see none of his goals was scored on the same day or the day before the death of a world renown celebrity. The closest one we can find was Keith Flint from Prodigy who committed suicide on the 4th of March. Here’s another thing: Aaron Ramsey has scored 70 times trough the course of his career. And even the most clickbaity articles are awarding him around 22 or 23 “victims”. That means that he has a success rate of roughly 30%. This means that anytime Aaron scores there is a 1 in 3 chance that somewhere around a world a vaguely famous person will die. That’s type of guesswork astrologers use.
Also let’s not forget that thanks to the internet now more than ever our pop culture is bloated with famous people - from YouTubers to reality stars and models and singers and games. Literally every week someone can die. Maybe they should assign the curse to Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi since the G.O.A.T.s are scoring literally every few days or so.
So there you have it. There is not much to support the existence of the Ramsey curse. But to be fair it didn’t have much leg to stand on in the first place. Maybe it’s just a tad more ridiculous that the Flat Earth Theory.