The "Drake Curse" Is Back After Team Canada Lost in the World Cup

Though it seemed the Drake sports curse was broken in 2019 after the Toronto Raptors won the NBA Finals, it's back after Team Canada's World Cup loss.

Drake and Alphonso Davies

Drake and Alphonso Davies

Drake and Alphonso Davies

Though it seemed that the Drake sports curse was officially broken in 2019 after the Toronto Raptors won the NBA Finals, Canadian sports fans are talking about it again on social media after Team Canada was eliminated in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Ahead of the World Cup, Alphonso Davies posted a picture on Instagram of him and Drake holding up his jersey. With Canada now eliminated from contention, Twitter seems convinced that the Drake Curse is alive and well, where athletes or teams who get shouted out by Drake end up losing.

The Twitter account named “Football images that precede unfortunate events” lived up to its name when it posted the picture of Davies and Drake together.

— football images that precede unfortunate events (@CursedFootball) November 27, 2022

Some even saw the writing on the wall when they lost to Belgium on Nov. 23. Before the game started, “Started From The Bottom” started playing as Canada took the field.

The Drake Curse is so real 😂😪💔

— Zafar (@Zafar1B1) November 23, 2022

Canada are the first World Cup team since 1978 to attempt at least 20 shots and 1 penalty kick and not score a goal 😳

They took the pitch to 'Started From the Bottom'. The latest victims of the Drake curse 😅

— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) November 23, 2022

Another Twitter user noticed a recurring theme: Drake posing with soccer players ahead of their games only to lose them.

The Drake curse lives on 💀😭 #WorldCup2022

— chELs Professor ❁🇳🇵⭐⭐ (@chELs_Professor) November 23, 2022

Some even brought out screenshots of Drake’s music video for “Used to This” where he’s playing soccer with Future.

“Drake curse”

— Century 🅙 (@CenturyOG) November 23, 2022

While nearly every team that Drake has (even momentarily) supported, Raptors fans were quick to let everyone know that the curse didn’t affect them in 2019.

But the Canadian infrastructure all around is an all around joke , from Sports to Music we put nothing into it. We take the cheap route and we get cheap results.

— Boi-1da (@Boi1da) November 27, 2022

OVO producer Boi-1da brought up another factor at play: Canada just hasn’t put in the resources to becoming a soccer powerhouse.

Team Canada did their thing, love to all the players . @AlphonsoDavies is an absolute dog.

— Boi-1da (@Boi1da) November 27, 2022

Of course, Boi-1da had nothing but good things to say about the players on the team.

Team Canada plays again Thursday against Morocco.

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