The captain of the victorious Italian team that won the recently concluded Euro 2020, Giorgio Chiellini, has claimed he put a curse on Bukayo Saka – before the England youngster’s penalty miss handed the Euro 2020 crown to Italy.
Bukayo Saka played the last spot kick which was comfortably saved by player of the tournament, Gianluggi Donnaruma thereby earning the ‘Azzuris’ the crown.
Italy skipper Chiellini – who slept with the Euro trophy after his team’s win – has now owned up to uttering the curse word ‘Kiricocho!’ as Saka shaped up to shoot.
He was captured on camera apparently mouthing the South American term, shortly before celebrating Donnarumma’s save with his team-mates.
Kiricocho’ is a South American term that translates roughly as ‘Jinx’ or ‘Curse you’.
It dates back to 1982, taking its name from a fan of Argentine club Estudiantes whose presence at training coincided with players getting injured.
Veteran defender, Chiellini is known for thwarting moves of attackers by any means.
He was seen in the final stopping Bukayo Saka from breaking free by pulling his shirt during the extra time.
The 36-year-old Juventus defender confessed when ESPN Argentina asked if he had placed the notorious curse on the teenager.
A grinning Chiellini told ESPN’s reporter: “Ciao Cristiano. I confirm everything to you – Kiricocho!”