From voodoo to black magic: Allegations of witchcraft against Cristiano Ronaldo and other top players

Unseen forces affect soccer's top players as they become targets of witchcraft. From Ronaldo to Mané, discover the controversial cases and their impact on the sport.

Soccer is not only a sport but also a huge phenomenon in many levels of society. However, probably one of the most inhospitable is that of witchcraft, so today we will talk about Cristiano Ronaldo and the great soccer players who have been victims of an attack of this nature.

Throughout the planet, some practices go beyond what science can explain. Some of them are directly related to religion and can be used to do good and harm someone. We find a clear example of this in the voodoo ceremonies in the floating city of Ganvié, Benin, where there is even talk of possessions.

The belief in this kind of thing is so strong that outsiders have tried to harm the players. However, there have been cases among family or colleagues; we will break them down below.

Which soccer players have been victims of witchcraft?

Now, the point of this whole issue arises from the controversy in which Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gómez is involved, who has been pointed out in recent hours for allegedly having done witchcraft to Giovani Lo Celso, journalist Gonzálo Cardoso claims that the athlete himself confessed it to the rest of the squad.

The same source revealed that the former Atalanta player had tried to influence the Albiceleste’s victory in Qatar 2022 and wanted to ensure his place in the final call-up. It is striking that Lo Celso was injured before the tournament and could not attend.

Different reports suggest that this caused a kind of veto with the Argentina national team, and it seems a good time to remember other such cases:

  • Cristiano Ronaldo. Undoubtedly, the Portuguese is one of the best in history. However, 13 years ago, AFP published a report where an alleged specialist in voodoo witchcraft was hurting him on the instructions of an ex-girlfriend and was even said to be responsible for an injury to the athlete’s ankle.
  • Kylian Mbappé. Just before the Qatar 2022 World Cup, Paul Pogba’s brother accused him of practicing black magic to hurt Mbappé, which generated a huge controversy on social networks.
  • Sadio Mané. The Senegalese had an injury before that World Cup, and at the time, FIFA general secretary and Senegalese Fatma Samoura said they would use sorcerers if necessary.
  • Didier Drogba. The Ivorian striker was rumored to have been targeted by a witch doctor during the 2010 World Cup, but it is unclear whether this impacted his performance during the tournament.
  • Carlos Bacca. While at AC Milan, Bacca was allegedly targeted by a curse from a Colombian witch doctor. The curse was said to have caused Bacca to miss a penalty during a match against Juventus.
  • Ahmed Hossam ‘Mido.’ The former Egyptian striker claimed to have been cursed by a sorcerer during his time at AS Roma, which led to a series of injuries and a loss of form on the pitch.
  • Lassana Diarra. The French midfielder reportedly consulted with a sorcerer during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa to help boost his performance.
  • Victor Wanyama. The Kenyan midfielder was rumored to have been the target of a witch doctor’s curse during his time at Tottenham Hotspur, which allegedly led to a loss of form and injuries.