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23 Latino Athletes Ranked By Their Net Worth

The sports industry has produced an abundance of influential personalities throughout the years. With the unlimited amount of money that comes with being an athlete, lots of people across the world have aspired to make a difference in sports. The community of competitive sports has always been a fascinating one and Latino athletes are always a big part of it. From extraordinary football players like Lionel Messi to outstanding boxers like Oscar De La Hoya, the Latinos are regarded as one of the greatest and richest athletes in the industry. Here is a list of the 23 Latino athletes ranked from bottom to top in terms of their overall net worth.

23. Reggie Jackson – $20M Net Worth

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The ever charismatic Oakland Athletics right fielder won five World Series Championships. Reggie Jackson was a flamboyant superstar, who was named Most Valuable Player of the American League in 1973. His Latino roots come from his father, a half Puerto-Rican.

22. Jeff Garcia – $25M Net Worth

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Originally undrafted during the 1994 NFL Draft, Jeff Garcia would then carve a path to become one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. Garcia was not just a winner in sports as he also married Carmella DeCesare, a 2004 Playboy Playmate of the Year. Garcia is of Mexican and Irish heritage.

21. Dan Haren – $26M Net Worth

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A three-time MLB All-Star, Dan Haren was a journeyman pitcher in the league. He played for a total of eight different teams in the span of his 12-year career. Now 38 and retired, Haren serves as a pitching strategist for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Like Garcia, Haren is of the Mexican and Irish heritage.

20. James Rodriguez – $30M Net Worth

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A Colombian football player who turned pro at the young age of 15, James Rodriguez now plays for Real Madrid (Spain) and Bayern Munich (Germany). Arguably one of the top midfielders in the game right now, the 27-year old Rodriguez is already one of the most expensive players in Real Madrid history.

19. Luis Scola – $30M Net Worth

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One of the greatest Argentinians to play the game of basketball, Luis Scola had a productive career in the NBA. He enjoyed a long stint with the Houston Rockets, an NBA team known for acquiring and developing international talents. The sweet-shooting power forward also anchored Argentina to a gold medal finish during the 2004 Athens Olympics. Scola now plays for the Shanghai Sharks in the CBA.

18. Adam LaRoche – $35M Net Worth

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Adam LaRoche comes from a family with oozing baseball talent. His father, Dave, was a pitcher and his brother, Andy, was a third baseman. LaRoche won the Gold Glove award in 2012 and the Silver Slugger award in the same year. LaRoche is of Mexican descent.

17. Nene – $45M Net Worth

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Selected in the first round of the 2002 NBA Draft, Nene helped put the name of Brazil across the basketball world. At the height of his prime, Nene was regarded as one of the best centers in the NBA because of his versatility and toughness on both ends of the court. In 2008, Nene was diagnosed with a testicular tumor, which was since removed and cured.

16. Manu Ginobili – $45M Net Worth

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Manu Ginobili is the most successful basketball player on this list. The Argentinian daredevil won four NBA championships with the San Antonio Spurs and was named the Sixth Man of the Year in 2008. The two-time All-Star teamed up with Scola in Argentina’s unforgettable Olympic gold medal run in 2004. After a productive 16-year stint with the Spurs, Ginobili finally decided to retire this year.

15. Anderson Varejao – $48M Net Worth

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Anderson Varejao has enjoyed a long, productive NBA career where he mostly played as LeBron James’ sidekick for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The 6-foot-11 big man also played for the Golden State Warriors at the latter part of his NBA career. Known as a fan favorite because of his hustle and energy, the Brazilian big man is now playing pro ball for Flamengo in Brazil.

14. David Ortiz – $55M Net Worth

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Known for his nickname ‘Big Papi’, David Ortiz endeared himself to Boston Red Sox fans in his 14 years in the MLB. Arguably one of the best hitters the league has seen, the Dominican-American Ortiz won three World Series championships for the city of Boston.

13. Andre Ethier – $58M Net Worth

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Another MLB player in the name of Andre Ethier makes this list. Ethier played as an outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers where he led the team with much success. The two-time All-Star, Gold Glove awardee, and Silver Slugger awardee is of Mexican-American descent.

12. Al Horford – $60M Net Worth

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The 32-year old Al Horford is a five-time All-Star in the NBA. Having played for the Atlanta Hawks in the first nine years of his career, Horford now chases the elusive championship with the Boston Celtics. Horford, a Dominican, also plays for his country’s national team.

11. Tony Romo – $70M Net Worth

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Tony Romo is a former football player who spent his professional career with the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL. Now retired at 38 years old, Romo serves as an analyst for CBS Sports. Known for dating famous American celebrity Jessica Simpson in the past, Romo married Candice Crawford in 2011 and has three sons with her. Romo’s parents are of Mexican descent.

10. Radamel Falcao – $70M Net Worth

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Radamel Falcao started his professional football career at the very young age of 13. Now 32 years old, Falcao plays for Monaco, a football club in a French league. The great Colombian striker also previously played for Chelsea and Manchester United.

9. Mariano Rivera – $90M Net Worth

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Mariano Rivera is one of the greatest pitchers in the rich history of the New York Yankees. The 13-time All-Star out of Panama was the team’s undisputable closer throughout his 19-year career. Rivera led the Yankees to five championships and was named MVP of the 1999 World Series.

8. Pele – $100M Net Worth

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Pele, whose birth name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, could be thought of as the best football player in history. Pele is the only player to win three FIFA World Cup titles. The Brazilian phenomenon is regarded as a hero in his country for his great influence on sports, philanthropy, and society.

7. Carmelo Anthony – $120M Net Worth

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Carmelo Anthony is a 10-time NBA All-Star now playing for the Houston Rockets. Anthony is also a three-time Olympic gold medalist, having led Team USA in scoring all-time. The 34-year old small forward was also hailed as the USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year thrice. A very successful player on the international stage, Carmelo still chases his first championship in the NBA. Anthony’s father, Carmelo Iriarte, was born to Puerto Rican parents.

6. Albert Pujols – $170M Net Worth

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One of the most decorated players in MLB history, Los Angeles Angels superstar Albert Pujols now has two World Series championships on his belt. The Dominican-American first baseman is also a six-time Silver Slugger awardee. Pujols played his first 11 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals where he won his two championships.

5. Rafael Nadal – $180M Net Worth

Dubbed as the ‘King of Clay’ for his success in French Open tournaments, Rafael Nadal is now the 2nd-ranked active tennis player in the world. The Spanish great has recorded 17 Grand Slam titles, having won his first championship at the young age of 24. His rivalry with another tennis great, Roger Federer, is well-documented across the tennis world.

4. Neymar – $185M Net Worth

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Neymar comes from a long line of great football players from Brazil. The young, flashy 26-year old forward now plays for Paris Saint-Germain, a French team. Known for his great flair and natural feel for the game, Neymar was ranked by ESPN as 4th in the 2016 list of Most Famous Athletes.

3. Oscar De La Hoya – $200M Net Worth

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Nicknamed the ‘Golden Boy’ because of his good looks and flashy charisma, Oscar De La Hoya was a successful professional and Olympic boxer. The 1995 Fighter of the Year had a 39-6 win-loss record and hung up the gloves after a 2008 defeat at the hands of Manny Pacquiao. De La Hoya, a Mexican native, now has a successful promoting career with the Golden Boy Promotions.

2. Alex Rodriguez – $350M Net Worth

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A long-time New York Yankee, Alex Rodriguez is one of baseball’s most popular players. The shortstop out of Dominican Republic won his first and only World Series championship with the Yankees in 2009. However, the 14-time All-Star endured controversies on using performance-enhancing drugs in his career. Now retired, Rodriguez is dating famous personality, Jennifer Lopez.

1. Lionel Messi – $400M Net Worth

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At the top of the list is the Argentine football legend, Lionel Messi. Looked up to as one of the best football players in history, Messi won his first FIFA World Cup Player of the Year award at the age of 22. His unmatched dribbling techniques and excellent agility are his greatest assets as he currently plays for FC Barcelona.

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Showtime’s ‘Bad Hombres’ Is A Documentary Highlighting The World’s Only Binational Baseball Team

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Showtime’s ‘Bad Hombres’ Is A Documentary Highlighting The World’s Only Binational Baseball Team

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Sports have a way of bringing people together. The experience of rooting for your team is a unifying feeling that transcends borders and culture. Showtime is exploring the importance of sports through the lens of the Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos.

“Bad Hombres” is a documentary highlighting immigration under President Trump through baseball.

Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos are the only binational professional baseball team in the world. The team splits their home games between stadiums in Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Director Andrew Glazer wanted to highlight the immigration issue through a sports lens to offer a different layer to the narrative.

“Most of the people trying to come into the U.S. are families and children trying to escape horrible violence in Central America,” Glazer told CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith. “That story has been told, so what I wanted to do was show people in a way that I thought would be relatable to what life is like on the border. What life is like on those two sides and how interconnected they are. The thing that struck me to be honest is that initially in Laredo, Texas was how pervasive Spanish is spoken.”

The documentary shows the struggles of the baseball team trying to make sense of the volatile U.S.-Mexico border relations.

The Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos split time playing their home games between two stadiums in the U.S. and Mexico. The Trump administration’s constant battle with Mexico and threats to close the border put the team’s season in jeopardy. A first look teaser shows team managers trying to coordinate the release of game tickets in time with the ever-changing immigration announcements from the Trump administration.

“Bad Hombres” speaks politics without directly addressing politics.

“Even though my film has an overarching political message, the players are not covertly or overtly political in any way,” Glazer told CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith. “They are baseball players and they are living their lives and a lot of them are trying to make it to the majors and some of them were in the majors and are now finishing their careers. There wasn’t a whole lot of political discussions.”

Glazer made sure to highlight the depths and complexities of the team members dealing with the political climate without politics.

“Inherently, what made the team fascinating is you had players from the U.S. who were Anglo-American players and Mexican American players who had a different perspective,” Glazer told DJ Sixsmith. “Then you had Mexican players and some Dominican players and Cuban and people from everywhere else. There were different languages and different perspectives. Seeing how that developed over time was pretty fascinating.”

“Bad Hombres” is streaming on Showtime.

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What The Lakers’ Championship Win On Father-Daughter Day Means For Vanessa Bryant And Fans Of Kobe

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What The Lakers’ Championship Win On Father-Daughter Day Means For Vanessa Bryant And Fans Of Kobe

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The Lakers took home a massive win this past Sunday and scored a victory that spurred heartfelt reflection from longtime fans and family of the Los Angeles- based team After a year of devastating heartache and uncertainty, the feat was a reminder of the absence of a great presence that had long dominated basketball courts: Kobe Bryant.

In a post shared to her Instagram over the weekend, Vanessa Bryant congratulated the Lakers’ victory while paying tribute to her late husband and daughter.

Bryant congratulated the Lakers for their win in a heartfelt Instagram post that featured an image of Kobe alongside the Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka. “Congratulations Uncle P!” Bryant wrote. “Congratulations @lakers Kobe was right, RP! ‘Stay the course-block out the noise. Wish Kobe and Gigi were here to see this.”

Fans were quick to point out that the team’s win coincided with Father-Daughter Day.

“Kobe and GG were taken so.suddenly and so cruelly because they were needed for a fight…they are not gone forever they are with you now. They await your reunion…but do not want you to be sad ….they miss you but will be happy if their departure means a greater change for humanity,” one user commented. ” God bless you Vanessa. Although I havent seen your skin with my eyes…I can feel your pain with my mind. Please Father comfort this beautiful woman and her beautiful children. Shine your light of love wrap her in your warmth. Your husband loves and adores you. And he’s proud of how you are so strong.”

“Job Finished. For you, Kobe,” another user wrote about the win. “What a season it’s been. No. 17 carries a different meaning because of the loss of you and Gigi. You mean so damn much to us. You gave us 20 years of your blood, sweat, and tears. You brought not one, but FIVE championships to this franchise. You’re the reason we’re proud to be Lakers fans. Not only did you win at all costs, but you embodied the man we all strive for & hope to be one day. I hope we made you proud this season. This one’s for you, Bean… for all the memories you’ve given us throughout your lifetime. As always, we love & miss you, Mamba.”

Bryant also paid tribute to her husband-daughter duo on Instagram with an image of Kobe holding Gianna in his arms after the Lakers won the 2009 NBA Championship.

Since their passing, fans have often pointed out that Kobe and Gianna shared a special bond and love for basketball. Later in his career, Kobe was open about his love for his daughters and desire to see Giana take on his legacy as a basketball player. At the time of his death, Bryant was a coach for Gianna’s team at the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California.

During a memorial for her husband and daughter, Bryant eulogized their bond noting how inseparable they were.

In Bryant’s eulogy of her husband and daughter, she reminded the world of their inseparable bond. “God knew they couldn’t be on this earth without each other,” Bryant remarked at the time. “He had to bring them home to heaven together.”

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