Italy star: I put a curse on Saka!

Euro 2020

Italy star Giorgio Chiellini has revealed he put a "curse" on Bukayo Saka before the teenager missed his penalty for England in the 2020 UEFA European Championship final on Sunday. 

With extra-time having come and gone with the score staying 1-1, Saka had to score England's fifth penalty to keep their Euro hopes alive in the ensuing shootout, but his effort was easily stopped by Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma. 

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Footage has since emerged showing Chiellini shouting something at Saka as the 19-year-old began his run-up for the spot-kick, and the centre-back has confirmed he shouted "Kiricocho" towards the Arsenal player, as can be seen in the video below.

"I confirm everything! Kiricocho!" the 36-year-old said in a post-match interview, according to ESPN. 

"Kiricocho" is a mythological curse that originated in South America, and is in fact the name of an Estudiantes de la Plata supporter in the 1980s.  

The omen gathered traction when the fan, Juan Carlos "Kiricocho", would watch the Argentine club train before matches, and, somehow, their players would seemingly pick up freak injuries when he was present. 

Estudiantes' manager at the time, Carlos Bilardo, decided to experiment by sending "Kiricocho" to watch opposing clubs' training sessions in the hope that this would help his team, and also let him attend all of their matches that season too. 

Estudiantes are said to have lost only once in that whole campaign – the one game "Kiricocho" missed. 

The word has been used by many footballers ever since as a way of wishing bad luck on opponents.

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