Not having scored a single goal in the Copa America final, Messi announced his retirement after losing the fateful shoot out against Chile. The soccer star did not have the courage to answer questions on his national commitment and thus announced, “It's over for me”!

However, Messi is not the only player to have suffered the brunt of a stubborn jinx.

Internet is flooded with articles on similarities between Sachin and Messi. Both were born on the 24th day of respective birth months, both wore number 10 jerseys, and both are legends of their chosen game. But, the similarities between the two go beyond the evident. Sachin Tendulkar struggled with a jinx of not scoring a century on his home-ground Wankhede, Mumbai. Master blaster, who inspired awe all over the world with his batting prowess, could not give his fellow Mumbaikers the satisfaction of watching him score in three figures.

Sports Illustrated jinx: There is a theory that whichever team or sports personality features on the cover of the magazine, is/are followed by bad luck. A recent example being–Serena Williams who lost to Roberta Vinci in 2015 US Open after her Sports Illustrated cover appearance.

Andy Murray birthday jinx: The Scottish tennis star got retired hurt two times in his career: In 2007 and 2010. Both the times it was his birthday.

Pakistan World Cup jinx: Pakistan cricket team has never won a match against India in any World Cup event, in any format.

By: Ira Shukla

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