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Did This Mexican Soccer Team Curse Odell Beckham Jr?

This past weekend, the New York Giants lost 13-38 against the Green Bay Packers in an NFC Wild Card game. The Giants kept things close in the first half but eventually succumbed to the Packers and their daring quarterback, Aaron Rodgers.

Many fans were counting on Odell Beckham Jr., the Giants’ superstar receiver, to come through in the clutch. Unfortunately for them, the 24-year-old wideout — considered one of the best in the league — had a bad game.

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Beckham, one of the more sure-handed receivers in the league, uncharacteristically dropped a career-high three passes.

What happened to Beckham? Lots of people are blaming his poor performance on this photo:


A week prior to their game with the Packers, Beckham and several teammates flew to Miami to party it up. Beckham and his pals were celebrating a win over their rivals, the Washington Redskins, when the now-infamous boat photo surfaced. Before the game, Beckham was criticized for partying instead of focusing on the playoff game versus Green Bay.

After the loss, criticism of Beckham mounted. Fair or unfair? Before you answer that, consider this…

… maybe something else “cursed” Beckham and the Giants. A few days before the game, Beckham was photographed wearing this lucha libre mask.

It’s not just any lucha mask. The red, white and blue Rey Mysterio Jr. mask was decorated with the logo of Cruz Azul, a Mexican soccer team.

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CREDIT: Credit: Pearl G. Walter / YouTube

Unfortunately for Beckham, no one told him Cruz Azul is “bad luck.” Cruz Azul haven’t won a championship in 20 years and are notorious for choking away their chances at glory.

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Their reputation as chokers was cemented in 2013, when Cruz Azul played rival club América in the Liga MX Clausura final. With less than five minutes left in the second leg of the final, Cruz Azul had a two-goal advantage. Then this happened:

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Defender Aquivaldo Mosquera headed in a goal to cut Cruz Azul’s lead by one.

With just a few seconds left in the match, América made a desperation move to try to score again. They called on goalkeeper Moises Muñoz to join the attack. In what was likely the last play of the match, Muñoz miraculously headed in a corner kick to tie the match.

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América went on to defeat Cruz Azul in penalties. Not only did it result in a championship for América, it led to this iconic GIF of then-América coach Miguel Herrera:

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CREDIT: Credit: Univision

Since then, the term “Cruzazulear” has become synonymous with choking away a victory.

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CREDIT: Credit: futbolbullying / Twitter

If only someone had warned Odell Beckham Jr.

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Here's What The Leo Messi Statue Looks Like After Being Cut In Half By Vandals

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Here’s What The Leo Messi Statue Looks Like After Being Cut In Half By Vandals

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Back in June of 2016, Argentina unveiled a bronze statue of its current soccer megastar, Lionel Messi. The statue was meant honor Messi’s athleticism and contributions to the game of fútbol. It was meant to to stand the test of time, just like Messi’s legacy. Unfortunately, vandals had other plans for the statue.

Here’s what the Messi statue used to look like.

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The statue was unveiled shortly after Messi announced his plans to retire from the national team. He later changed his mind about all that.

But vandals took their frustrations out on the statue, so here’s what the Messi statue looks like now.

Usually when someone destroys a piece of art, it’s called defacing. This statue was not only defaced, but also de-torsoed and de-armed.

Even cut in half, the statue was still standing.

This proves that even in statue form, Leo Messi never dives.

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This isn’t the first time a statue honoring an Argentine athlete has been vandalized. In 2014, tennis player Gabriela Sabatini’s statue had her tennis racket stolen.

Here’s a closer look.

Both statues are part of Buenos Aires famous Paseo de la Gloria, a walkway which features many statues honoring Argentine sports legends.

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Along with Sabatini and Messi, the street features legends like Diego Maradona (soccer), Pascual Pérez (boxing), Emanuel “Manu” Ginobili (basketball), and many others.

Fans looking to get a photo with the bottom half of Messi will have to wait. Argentina’s government has already taken the statue away for repairs.

Just like Messi, this statue isn’t ready for retirement.

But it could have been worse — the entire world could have turned on him just because he was trying to do his job!

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Haters.

READ: Little Dude Who Made Messi Jersey Out Of Plastic Bag Finally Meets Hero

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