Dec 26, 2022 I Paul Seaburn

Sports Witches May Have Helped Argentine World Cup Team and Tom Brady

Did your favorite team win the World Cup? How about the Super Bowl, the World Series, the NBA championship or just their last game? If the answer is “No!”, perhaps the players didn’t have enough witches on their side. That is what a group of witches in Argentina is claiming – these “brujas” are taking credit for helping Argentina win the most recent World Cup. If witches can help a team win, can they curse it to lose as well? That is the claim of some Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans who think Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen, the ex-wife of Tom Brady – considered by many to be the greatest NFL quarterback of all time, is a witch and as such is  responsible for some of Brady’s greatest triumphs … and his woes during the current season. Did these witches help or hurt their favorite or least favorite teams and players? Should coaching staffs employ a witch? Or do some teams do that already?

Did witches help Argentina win the World Cup?

“Evil-eye healing sisters, Messi is very affected. I need your help.”

Magalí Martínez, a witch and part-time babysitter, tells The New York Times she was worried when Argentina’s star player Lionel Messi did not look to be at his best during an early match. To a witch, that is a sign that a player might be afflicted by an “evil eye” supernatural curse – most likely cast upon him by witches supporting the opposing team. Martínez says she first attempted an emergency cure – she repeated a secret prayer while dripping olive oil in a bowl of water. According to sports witch lore, if the oil puddled up in the middle of the water, Messi was under an evil eye spell. She got bad news – the oil formed a scrum like it was drawn to a magnet. This was worse than she thought. Being a good sports witch, Martínez did what a good sports team leader would do – she called a timeout and formed a huddle. In this case, her field was Twitter – she sent a message out Argentine sports-loving witches for help and it got a thousand shares.

“We think of ourselves as agents that, from love, can take care, protect and sow happiness. The witches are taking care of them (the players).”

One of the witch spell removing squad is Rocío Cabral Menna, a witch and high-school teacher in Messi’s hometown, who burned a bay leaf inscribed with her predicted score in a ceremony before each match. Another is Antonella Spadafora, a witch in northwest Argentina. After Argentina’s opening loss to Saudi Arabia, the calls for help on Twitter really took off and the witches got organized.

“I thought there were going to be 10 people at most.”

Spadafora formed the Argentine Association of Witches, or La Brujineta, and claims she had 25,000 witches in the group within a week. Their arsenal includes black magic, white magic, Wicca, Reiki, Tarot, astrology, and healers of the evil eye. Their initial game plan was to absorb negative energy from Argentina’s players and exchange it with good energy – like a team nutritionist for their spirits or a pre-game pep squad for the soul. This is much more difficult than the uninitiated would imagine.

“Headaches, dizziness, vomiting, muscle pain. We are absorbing all the bad vibes. It wears you down a lot, because these are very public figures who have so much negative energy from other people.”

As a result, the witches organized their evil eye removal exercises into shifts. They also got help from non-professionals – many Argentines practice cábala or superstitions – wearing the same clothes or sitting in the same chair to watch the game. That may not work individually, but there is strength in numbers and the combination of the organized witches sending anti-evil-eye vibes and the fans doing cábala did the trick – Argentina won the World Cup match over France.

Did the witches really help Argentina win? More on witches and football in a minute. First, let’s look at a witch and her effect on American football – the former Mrs. Tom Brady, Gisele Bündchen. Tom Brady married Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen in December 2006. By then he had been playing for the New England Patriots for 6 years, won three Super Bowls and was Super Bowl MVP twice. He clearly did not need to marry Gisele for any alleged witch powers. Or did he?

"I've learned a lot from my wife over the years. And she's so about the power of intention, you know, and believing things that are really going to happen. And so she put together a little altar for me that I could bring with pictures of my kids. And I had these little special stones and healing stones and protection stones and she has me wear a necklace and take these drops she makes. And I say all these mantras."

In an interview, Brady reveals some of the powers he attributed to Gisele. While those seem like the usual New Age type of practices, Brady claims he started to wonder when she began predicting subsequent Super Bowl victories. If that wasn’t enough to convince him, her statements on the source of her powers should have. He had been following her instructions throughout the 2014 season and the team ended up in Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks. Brady did what he was told and led the team to victory and won the Super Bowl MVP award again.

Is this one of Tom Brady's pre-game rituals?

"Right after the game, she said, 'See, I did a lot of work. You do your work, I do mine.' She said you're lucky you married a witch. I'm just a good witch."

Whoa! Did Brady finally believe his wife was a witch? If he didn’t then after she clearly admitted it, he may believe it this season. After retiring from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Brady changed his mind and returned for another season – a season that has seen some of the worst performances of his career. Is it just a coincidence that he and Gisele had been having marital issues since before the season and they filed for divorce in October 2022? Did Tom get the evil eye from his former wife and team witch? Many people think it is a possibility.

While witchcraft hasn’t played a major role in American football, it has long been talked about in football of the soccer kind. Here is one example. In a match in Gambia in 2017, one team claimed its opponent had cast a spell to cause their kicks to continuously hit the crossbar instead of going into the goal. As proof, the claimed the goalkeepers were carrying a knotted juju. After incidents such as this, the Rwandan Premier League organizing Committee enacted laws banning witchcraft in football. Was this merely a symbolic move to placate fans (and prevent violence at games) or did they really believe witches were influencing games? The real question is … can witches be intimidated by fines or penalties?

What would Tom Brady do? What IS he doing?

Paul Seaburn

Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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