Kylian Mbappe's Injury Proves The 'FIFA Cover Curse' Could Actually Exist
Mbappe hobbled off during Paris Saint-Germain's French Cup triumph over St-Etienne with a suspected ankle injury.
Earlier this week, the French superstar was revealed as the brand-new cover star for FIFA 21 and fans think the 'FIFA curse' is at work yet again.
The curse could potentially date back to FIFA 17 with Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus being the first victim.
Reus fought off competition from Eden Hazard, Anthony Martial and James Rodriguez to be voted as the face of EA Sports' hit franchise.
Cristiano Ronaldo was the next man to take up the mantle after being announced as the cover star of FIFA 18.
Ronaldo strutted his stuff for Real Madrid at the time and helped his side to a third Champions League title in a row.
But months later, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner shocked the world when he joined Juventus seemingly out of the blue.
Madrid fans had gone from jubilation to despair in the space of weeks as they watched 'CR7' depart - after being on the FIFA cover.
Ronaldo would grace the cover of FIFA 19 before a mid-season update saw Neymar, Kevin De Bruyne and Paulo Dybala take over.
Surely things can only get better? Not exactly, they get even worse.
De Bruyne won the league with Manchester City last year but the Belgian featured in just 19 Premier League games, assisting twice.
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Considering De Bruyne is currently on 19 assists for the campaign, it's fair to say last season was below par.
Meanwhile, Neymar had a turbulent year on and off the pitch.
The Brazilian suffered his own share of injuries and missed the Copa America with an ankle problem.
2019 also saw Neymar mocked for his reaction to PSG's Champions League elimination at the hands of Manchester United.
The 28-year-old would then rant about the game on social media which resulted in a three match ban from UEFA.
On top of that, he got into a fight with a Rennes fan which resulted in a three match domestic ban.
While Dybala featured regularly for Juventus, he only scored five goals in Serie A and nearly left Turin last summer.
Hazard got his chance at being the main man with FIFA 20 but his debut season at Real Madrid has been one to forget.
The former Chelsea winger recently admitted this season has been the 'worst of his career' following frequent injuries and he's found the net in La Liga once.
Other examples of the 'FIFA curse' include Kaka's decline in 2011 and one case even dates back to 1998, the year David Beckham featured on the box.
What did he go on to do that year? Get sent off at the World Cup for kicking Diego Simeone as England fell to defeat against Argentina.
Beckham became public enemy number one back home and suffered abuse for years after the incident.
Is anyone actually safe from the FIFA curse?
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