Entertainment

23 Latino Athletes Ranked By Their Net Worth

Getty Images

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

Credit: Associated Press

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

Credit: Associated Press

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

Credit: Steve Mitchell – USA TODAY Sports

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

Credit: BBC Sports

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

Credit: USA TODAY Sports

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

Credit: The Increase
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

Credit: Black Sports Online

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

Credit: San Antonio Express

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

Credit: Reuters

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

Credit: Boston Globe

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

Credit: John Soo Hoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

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

Credit: FIBA

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

Credit: For The Win – USA TODAY

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

Credit: Reuters

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

Credit: Source

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

Credit: Alux

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

Credit: Sports Illustrated

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

Credit: Elaine Thompson/Associated Press

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

Credit: Aflosport

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

Credit: New York Daily News Archive

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

Credit: CNN Business

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

Credit: Goal

READ: The 30th Richest Latinx Celebrities Ranked

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.

This Team Of Synchronized Swimmers With Down Syndrome Were Denied Access To A Pool For Fear Of Contaminating Other Swimmers

Entertainment

This Team Of Synchronized Swimmers With Down Syndrome Were Denied Access To A Pool For Fear Of Contaminating Other Swimmers

sirenasespeciales / Instagram

Sirenas Especiales (Special Mermaids) is giving girls with Down Syndrome in Mexico a chance to show off their athletic abilities in synchronized swimming. The team and program were organized by Paloma Torres, a former synchronized swimmer from Peru, after she studied educational psychology. Her thesis was on the cognitive benefits of synchronized swimming. With that and a little patience, Sirenas Especiales was born.

Sirenas Especiales is tearing down the stigma and misinformation about people with Down Syndrome.

Credit: sirenasespeciales / Instagram

Coach Paloma Torres knew that people with Down Syndrome are often very creative and flexible. Those two characteristics are perfect for synchronized swimming so she knew that it would be a great idea to get a group of girls together.

However, Torres and Sirenas Especiales immediately faced pushback from local pools in Mexico City because of the girls’ Down Syndrome.

Credit: sirenasespeciales / Instagram

“I had to find a swimming pool where we could organize regular practices. At first, I couldn’t find anywhere. One pool even refused entry to my swimmers, saying that they might contaminate other swimmers! It was really disheartening at first — both for me and for the girls’ parents,” Torres told France24. “Finally, I found the Alberca Olímpica Francisco Márquez pool, which is located in southern Mexico City. I’ve been training the group there since 2011.”

The team overcame the initial mistreatment from local pools and have been competing in national and international competitions.

Credit: sirenasespeciales / Instagram

Their Instagram is filled with photos of the team holding medal from the various competitions they have participated in. They’ve competed all over Mexico and were recently at the PanAm games to cheer on Mexico’s national synchronizing team.

The team continues to grow with more girls and boys wanting to participate in synchronized swimming.

Credit: sirenasespeciales / Instagram

Torres currently trains about 20 swimmers between 14 and 30. There are three boys who are part of the team and 17 girls, according to France24. It seems clear that the swimmers enjoy their chance to show off their own athletic abilities.

The sport is doing more than just giving them something to do.

Este día tan especial Sirenas Especiales darán entrevista en Capital 21 Canal 21 en TV abierta, no se lo pierdan a las 10:35am en VIVO!!!!! FELIZ DÍA MUNDIAL DEL SINDROME DE DOWN Edith Perez Rocio Hernández Martínez Paloma Torres Montserrat Vega Triny Turcio Blanca Olivia Fontes Machado Araceli Vazquez Loredo Beatriz Mendoza Castañón China Li Lourdes Castellanos Daniel Perez Martinez

Posted by Sirenas Especiales on Tuesday, March 21, 2017

This sport helps participants improve their concentration and memory,” Torres told France24. “However, most importantly, this activity helps them integrate socially. They participate regularly in competitions both nationally and internationally, which sometimes include swimmers without disabilities. Our team has won about 50 medals. They become more social and their work is applauded. It’s also important for their families because some of them don’t think that these girls will make something of their lives.”

One thing Sirenas Especiales is doing to changing the narrative around disabilities one synchronized swim at a time.

Credit: Sirenas Especiales / Facebook

The swimmers are showing everyone that you can do anything you set your mind to. There is nothing that can keep them from participating in the sport that they love and enjoy.

Congratulations, swimmers.

We can’t wait to see what you do next.

READ: The Internet Was Having A Collective Sob Fest After A Video Of Young Disabled Man’s Reaction To Getting His First Job Goes Viral

Simone Biles Slayed During The U.S. Gymnastics Championships And Made History Twice And Here’s Why It’s A Big Deal

Entertainment

Simone Biles Slayed During The U.S. Gymnastics Championships And Made History Twice And Here’s Why It’s A Big Deal

To say, American gymnast, Simone Biles can’t practice her athletic art form under pressure is to completely misunderstand her strength. The 22-year-old from Colombus, Ohio, has already accomplished what many can’t even fathom. This week the Olympic gold medalist made history on the competitive mat just a couple of days after she confronted the USA Gymnastics for failing to protect her, and more than 150 women, from a sexual predator. 

On August 11, Simone Biles landed perfectly after doing a triple-double at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Kansas City. 

Let us break down what that actually means because it truly is a thing of beauty. Biles successful jumped into the air and completed two flips and three full twists and stuck the landing. She tried to do this exact move on Friday but failed on the landing. This time, however, Biles landed it amazingly. She’s the first woman to have ever completed this move. 

This move is no easy fete for the 4’8 gymnast. As someone on social media noted, Biles, at the peak of her jump, is close to 10 feet off the mat, which is two feet higher than the high jump world record. Insanity!!

On Friday, she also made history by pulling off a double-double dismount off the balance beam. 

That means she did two twists and two somersaults like its no one’s business. All of these historic firsts garnered Biles a record-tying sixth all-around title at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships. So who could possibly have the same title as Biles? No one in the past several decades, that’s for sure. In the 1940s and 1950s, American gymnast Clara Schroth Lomady also received the same honor of sixth all-around. 

After her historical landing, Biles was quite pleased with her performance. 

Credit: Instagram/@simonebiles

“That feeling when you make history…. twice,” she said on Instagram. And this is all build-up to the main event. Biles, of course, is headed to Tokyo next year for the 2020 Olympics, where’s she’s naturally going to add on to her gold medals, but no pressure. (!!!)

Her incredible routine is quite impressive when you consider that the star athlete is competing for organizers who were enablers in her own sexual abuse.

Last year, a Michigan judge sentenced Dr. Larry Nassar, a physical therapist, 40 to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing more than a hundred gymnasts some were as young as six years old. The abuse lasted for decades, and Biles was one of his victims. 

On August 7, Biles told reporters that it was the U.S. Gymnastics Championships and other institutions that assisted Nassar in his abuse by protecting him.

“You had one job. You literally had one job, and you couldn’t protect us,” Biles said in her addressed statement to USA Gymnastics, according to CNN. ‘It’s hard coming here for an organization, having had them fail us so many times. We had one goal. We have done everything that they asked us for, even when we didn’t want to, and they couldn’t do one damn job.”

Despite Biles’ horrific abuse she endured, her moves on the mat show her incredible strength and dedication to the sport.

Credit: Instagram/@simonebiles

The Texan native said she wasn’t sure if she’d succeed in those now-groundbreaking landings. She said, however, that she was striving for ultimate perfection, even if that meant failing the first time. Sounds like she’s a firm believer of the motto, “if at first, you don’t succeed, pick yourself up and try again.” 

“I feel like I compete for perfection,” she told the Olympic Channel days before her competition, “so whenever I don’t do that, it really irritates me.” 

Biles also told the network that she doesn’t even think about her titles and records until someone brings it up to her in conversation. Talk about humble. If Biles doesn’t do the bragging, her friends and fans will do it for her. 

Several fans, including celebs, touted her magical moves on Twitter.

As for the future of gymnastics in the U.S., and their beloved athletes, Li Li Leung, the president, and chief executive of USA Gymnastics, told CNN, that understand they are to blame for their part in their abuse and are doing everything they can to change the culture of silence. 

“One of our goals is for our athletes to feel comfortable in speaking up and sharing their opinions, and we are listening to what they have to say,” Leung said. “We will continue to work hard to demonstrate to Simone and all of our athletes, members, community, and fans that we are working to foster a safe, positive and encouraging environment where athlete voices are heard.” 

Now on to the Olympics!

READ: We’re ‘Un Poco Loco’ Over This Mexican Gymnast’s ‘Coco’ Floor Routine And Charro-Inspired Outfit

Paid Promoted Stories