The Ramsey curse is a phrase you may see popping up every time a certain former Arsenal midfielder scores.

People have noticed a spooky link between Aaron Ramsey, who switched to Juventus in 2019, and celebrity deaths.

A frenzy unfolded on social media in 2018 when fans were convinced the Welsh midfielder's "curse" had struck again when he scored against CSKA Moscow.

The then 28-year-old managed to net an impressive goal in Arsenal's victory, and shortly after, professional darts player Eric Bristow suffered a sudden heart attack.

Fans were quick to point the finger at the curse, claiming a bizarre connection between celebrity deaths and his scoring record.

Eric Bristow passed away in 2018

One person on Twitter said: “20:14 – Aaron Ramsey scores…. 21:49 – Eric Bristow is pronounced dead. The curse is back to haunt your dreams.”

Another wrote: “Curse of Aaron Ramsey strikes again.”

What is the Aaron Ramsey curse?

A mysterious theory is circling the internet that when Aaron Ramsey scores a goal, a well-known celebrity is doomed to pass away shortly after.

The Juventus and Wales player often manages to pop up with vital goals – but sometimes with a sinister downside.

Fans have labelled the unfortunate coincidence “The Curse of Aaron Ramsey” or the Ramsey Effect.

Out of 64 career goals, 23 have been followed by the death of a celebrity.

"The Aaron Ramsey Curse" struck again this year

For example – scientist Stephen Hawking and comedian Ken Dodd died – sparking theories that the curse had struck again.

In 2015 Ramsey opened up about the curious theory in an interview with Sport Magazine, calling it “ridiculous”.

He said: “The most ridiculous rumour I’ve heard is that people die after I score.

However, Ramsey pointed to the positive side of it, saying: “That’s just a crazy rumour. Although I took out some baddies!”

Which stars are linked to the “curse”?

Ted Kennedy, August 25, 2009 – three days after he scored against Portsmouth

Andrés Monte, October 14, 2009 – two days after his first goal with Wales the admired Spanish football and basketball commentator Andrés Montes passed away

Osama Bin Laden, May 2, 2011 – a day after he scored against Manchester United

Steve Jobs, October 5, 2011 – three days after he scored against Tottenham Hotspur

Muammar Gaddafi, October 20, 2011 – a day after he scored against Marseille

Whitney Houston, February 11, 2012 – a day after he scored against Sunderland

Muammar Gaddafi passed away in 2011

Ray Williams, March 22, 2013 and Boris Berezovsky March 23, Ramsey scores on March 21

Ken Norton, September 18, 2013 – Same day he scored against Marsellie

Paul Walker, November 30, 2013 – Same day he scored against Cardiff

Robin Williams, August 11, 2014 – the day after he scored against Manchester City

Rubin Carter, April 20, 2014 – Same day he scored against Hull City

David Bowie, January 10, 2016 – a day after he scored against Sunderland

Alan Rickman, January 14 2016 – a day after he scored against Liverpool

Alan Rickman passed away in 2016

Nancy Reagan, March 6, 2016 – a day after he scored against Tottenham

Nicky Hayden, May 22, 2017 – The day after he scored against Everton

Roger Moore, May 23, 2017 – Two days after he scored against Everton

Gregg Allman, May 27, 2017 – Same day he scored against Chelsea

Bruce Forsyth, August 18, 2017 – a week after he scored against Leicester

TV presenter Bruce Forsyth passed away in 2017

Ken Dodd, March 9, 2018 and Stephen Hawking March 14 – Ramsey scored on March 8 against AC Milan

Eric Bristow, April 5, 2018 – Same day as Ramsey scored against CSKA Moscow

Burt Reynolds, September 6, 2018 – Same day he scored for Wales

Keith Flint / Luke Perry, March 4, 2019 – Two days after Ramsey scores against Tottenham

Kenneth Kaunda (Zambia's first president), June 17 2021 – two days after Ramsey scored for Wales against Turkey at Euro 2020

Twitter users were quick to blame the 'curse' for his death, with one saying: "RIP to Kenneth Kaunda. Aaron Ramsey curse goes on."