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25 Of The Most Successful Latino Athlete Couples

There are tons of successful Latino athletes playing for teams all over the world, and everyone loves to keep up with their careers. And behind every successful baller is a powerful partner, supporting and building empires of their own. Find out more about some of the most interesting Latino athlete couples here.

A-Rod and Jennifer Lopez

Via: People.com

Alex Rodriguez is a former shortstop and third baseman for the New York Yankees. After media linking him to several women, the Dominican-American athlete says he finally found the woman of his dreams, and she needs no further introduction. A-Rod and J.Lo have been dating since February 2017 and have been inseparable ever since.

Priscilla Coelho, Beatriz Souza and Ronaldinho

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Brazilian football legend Ronaldinho wants it all. The former World Player of the Year has not one, but two girlfriends; Brazilian Priscilla Coelho and Beatriz Souza. Both ladies accompany Ronaldinho on his engagements and speaking of which, the athlete is rumored to have proposed to them both.

Amelia Vega and Al Horford

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Boston Celtic’s very own Al Horford found love in Amelia Vega when they met at the Latin Pride Awards. Vega was crowned ‘Miss Dominican Republic’ and became the first Dominicana ever to win Miss Universe in 2003. The Dominican athlete married his beauty queen in 2011 and they have three children together.

La La Anthony and Carmelo Anthony

Via: Essence.com

Carmelo Anthony plays in the NBA for Houston Rockets. In 2003 he met Puerto Rican American MTV host La La Vázquez at a bar. He allegedly stepped in when someone was being rude to La La. They got married in 2010, took a brief split last year, but worked things out and now the couple is as happy as they were the day they met.

Carol Cabrino and Marquinhos

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Marcos Aoás Corrêa, or ‘Marquinhos’, started playing for soccer club Paris Saint-Germain at the age of 19. He married fellow Brazilian Carol Cabrino, a famous singer and reality TV show personality, after having seen her singing in one of her YouTube videos. Maybe it was love at first sight?

Viviana Ortiz and JJ Barea

Via: Metro.pr

Puerto Rican basketball player José Juan Barera found love in former Miss Puerto Rico, Viviana Ortiz in 2013. Apart from a beauty queen, Ortiz has actress and model listed on her resume. The latino athlete plays for the Dallas Mavericks and is the 7th Puerto Rican to join the NBA.

Yvette Prieto and Micheal Jordan

Via: Marriedwiki.com

Retired basketball superstar Michael Jordan married Yvette Prieto in 2003. Jordan, who has been called the greatest basketball player of all times, definitely found his match in the Cuban-American supermodel, who then was one of the biggest names in the modeling industry.

Arturo Vidal and Maria Teresa Matus

Via: Zimbio.com

The Chilean midfielder recently started playing for FC Barcelona. As if Vidal’s popularity wasn’t prominent enough, his wife since 2009 Maria Teresa also has a huge following on social media. She shares candid photos of her gorgeous life with the couple’s three children.

Oscar de la Hoya and Millie Corretjer

Via: Bostonherald.com

Mexican-American ‘Golden Boy’ Oscar de la Hoya won gold in the 1992 Olympics in professional boxing. However, the Latino athlete might consider Millie Corretjer’s heart an even bigger win. The Puerto Rican singer and actress met de la Hoya in 2000, and they got married one year later.

October Gonzalez and Tony Gonzalez

Via: Etonline.com

Atlanta Falcon’s Tony Gonzalez is now hosting the NFL pre-game show “NFL Today.” October became famous working as a game show host on FOX and she has also co-hosted Rachel Ray’s daytime show. Maybe the couple bonded over hosting tips!

Deidre Pujols and Albert Pujols

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Dominican-American baseball star José Alberto Pujols is quite the family man. When the Latino athlete is not busy playing for the Los Angeles Angels, he spends his time with his wife of eighteen years, Deirdre Pujols, and the couple’s five children. Deidre and Albert met at a salsa club in 1999 and got married the year after.

Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen

Via: Uk.businessinsider.com

One of the greatest quarterbacks of all times marries one of the highest paid supermodels. It does sound like a match made in entertainment news heaven. The Brazilian supermodel has given birth to the couple’s two children.

Rosangel Cabrera and Miguel Cabrera

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Venezuelan baseball player Miguel ‘Miggy’ Cabrera and his wife Rosangel are high school sweethearts and have been married since 2002. The Detroit Tiger’s first baseman has three children with his wife, and two children from a previous relationship. Although Rosangel filed for a divorce last year, it seems the couple is working things out.

Michelle Velasquez and Cain Velasquez

Via: Ibtimes.com.au

MMA heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez met his wife Michelle in 2007. The UFC fighter proposed by faking an injury on a walk on the beach because he wanted to catch her off-guard. The tactic seems to have worked as Michelle said yes — another victory under his belt.

Trevor Ariza and Bree Anderson Ariza

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When NBA player Trevor Ariza is not playing for the Phoenix Suns, he loves spending time with his wife Bree Anderson Azria and their three children. Their oldest son is named Tajh after the Latino athlete’s youngest brother who tragically passed away in an accident.

Diana Taurasi and Penny Taylor

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WNBA professional Diana Taurasi met her wife, Australian Penny Taylor on the court, and it was love at first sight. While Penny has since retired from playing basketball, she remains close to Phoenix Mercury and Diana as she now works as the team’s director of player development.

Marcos Rojo and Eugenia Lusardo

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Argentinian soccer player Marcos Rojo is a defender for Manchester United. His wife Eugenia Lusardo is a Portuguese lingerie model. In spite of a very public infidelity scandal, the couple decided to stick together and seem to be happier than ever.

JoAnna Garcia and Nick Swisher

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Former MLB baseball player Nick Swisher met actress JoAnna Garcia in 2009, and they got married one year later. You might have seen JoAnna in the TV series “Once Upon A Time.” Nick appeared on “How I Met Your Mother” as well as his wife’s sitcom “Better With You.”

Kobe Bryant and Vanessa Bryant

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Former basketball professional and Academy Award winner Kobe Bryant needs no introduction. The couple met in 1999 when they were both in high school, and two years later, 21-year-old Kobe married 18-year-old Vanessa who is Mexican-American. They have three girls together.

Lionel Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo

Via: Ibtimes.co.uk

Called the world’s best soccer player, Argentinian Lionel Messi has the world at his feet. Playing for FC Barcelona since he was thirteen, Messi already had his eyes set on Antonella, a girl in his hometown. In 2017 the Latino athlete finally married his dream girl.

Luis Suárez and Sofia Balbi

Via: As.com

Uruguayan soccer star Luis Suarez plays as a striker for soccer club FC Barcelona since 2014 and is often considered one of the best players in the world. Suarez met his wife Sofia Balbi at the age of 15 while working as a street sweeper in Montevideo.

Jaydy Michel and Rafael Márquez

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Known as the best defender in Mexican soccer history, Rafael Marquez is a retired defense. In 2011, the Latino athlete married Mexican actress and model Jaydy Michel, ex-wife of singer Alejandro Sanz. The couple has two children.

Daniel Alves and Joana Sanz

Via: Noticiasaominuto.com.br

Daniel Alves plays as a defender for Paris Saint-German, but it was while he was playing for FC Barcelona he met the woman who would steal his heart, Spanish model Joana Sanz. The couple got married in a private ceremony in Ibiza last year.

Larissa Firmino and Roberto Firmino

Via: Mirror.co.uk

Liverpool’s midfielder Robert Firmino is a successful Brazilian soccer player. Successful on and off-court that is, as he married the gorgeous Brazilian model Larissa last year. Larissa is an entrepreneur with her own fashion line.

Julius Peppers and Claudia Sampedro

Via: Marriedwiki.com

Julius Peppers is an American football player for the Carolina Panthers. In 2014 he met Cuban glamour and fitness model Claudia Sampedro, also known as one of Kim Kardashian’s doppelganger. The couple appeared on the reality show “WAGS Miami” in 2016.

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America Ferrera Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of Working On ‘Gotta Kick It Up’ With Sweet IG Post

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America Ferrera Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of Working On ‘Gotta Kick It Up’ With Sweet IG Post

It has been 20 years since America Ferrera’s dream of becoming an actor back true. She took to Instagram to reflect on the moment that her dream started to come true and it is a sweet reminder that anyone can chase their dreams.

America Ferrera shared a sweet post reflecting on the 20th anniversary of working on “Gotta Kick It Up!”

“Gotta Kick It Up!” was one of the earliest examples of Latino representation so many of us remember. The movie follows a school dance team trying to be the very best they could possibly be. The team was down on their luck but a new teacher introduces them to a different kind of music to get them going again.

After being introduced to Latin beats, the dance team is renewed. It taps into a cultural moment for the Latinas on the team and the authenticity of the music makes their performances some of the best.

While the movie meant so much to Latino children seeing their culture represented for the first time, the work was a major moment for Ferrera. In the Instagram post, she gushes over the celebrities she saw on the lot she was working on. Of course, anyone would be excited to see Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt hanging out. Yet, what stands out the most is Ferrera’s own excitement to realize that she can make money doing what she loves most.

“I wish I could go back and tell this little baby America that the next 20 years of her life will be filled with unbelievable opportunity to express her talent and plenty of challenges that will allow her to grow into a person, actress, producer, director, activist that she is very proud and grateful to be. We did it baby girl. I’m proud of us,” Ferrera reflects.

Watch the trailer for “Gotta Kick It Up!” here.

READ: America Ferrera’s “Superstore” Is Going To Get A Spanish-Language Adaptation In A Win For Inclusion

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This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi

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This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi

On a recent episode of ABC’s game show To Tell The Truth, three celebrity panelists were tasked to uncover the identity of a real mariachi singer.

Each contender embodied “non-traditional” attributes of mariachi culture either through physical appearance or language barriers, leaving the panelists stumped.

When it came time for the big reveal, with a humble smile 53-year-old Timoteo “El Charro Negro” stood up wowing everyone. Marveled by his talents, Timoteo was asked to perform unveiling his smooth baritone voice.

While not a household name in the U.S., his career spans over 25 years thriving on the catharsis of music.

Timoteo “El Charro Negro” performing “Chiquilla Linda” on Dante Night Show in 2017.

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Timoteo, born Timothy Pollard, moved to Long Beach, California with his family when he was eight years old. The move to California exposed Pollard to Latin culture, as the only Black family in a Mexican neighborhood.

As a child, he recalled watching Cantinflas because he reminded him of comedian Jerry Lewis, but musically he “got exposed to the legends by chance.”

“I was bombarded by all the 1960s, ’70s, and ’50s ranchera music,” Timoteo recalls to mitú.

The unequivocal passion mariachi artists like Javier Solis and Vicente Fernandez possessed heavily resonated with him.

“[The neighbors] always played nostalgic music, oldies but goodies, and that’s one thing I noticed about Mexicans,” Timoteo says. “They can be in their 20s but because they’ve grown up listening to the oldies it’s still very dear to them. That’s how they party.”

For as long as he can remember, Pollard “was born with the genetic disposition to love music,” knowing that his future would align with the arts.

After hearing Vicente Fernandez sing “Lástima Que Seas Ajena,” an awakening occurred in Pollard. While genres like hip-hop and rap were on the rise, Pollard’s passion for ranchera music grew. It was a moment when he realized that this genre best suited his big voice.

Enamored, Pollard began to pursue a career as a Spanish-language vocalist.

El Charro Negro
Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

At 28, Timoteo began learning Spanish by listening and singing along to those artists he adored in his youth.

“When I decided that I wanted to be a mariachi, I didn’t think it was fair to exploit the culture and not understand the language,” he says. “If I’m going to sing, I need to be able to communicate with my audience and engage with them. I need to understand what I’m saying because it was about honor and respect.”

Pollard began performing local gigs after picking up the language in a matter of months. He soon attracted the attention of “Big Boy” Radio that adorned him the name Timoteo “El Charro Negro.”

Embellishing his sound to highlight his Black heritage, Pollard included African instruments like congas and bongos in his orchestra. Faintly putting his own spin on a niche genre, Pollard avoided over-saturating the genre’s sound early in his career.

Embraced by his community as a beloved mariachi, “El Charro Negro” still encountered race-related obstacles as a Black man in the genre.

“There are those [in the industry] who are not in the least bit thrilled to this day. They won’t answer my phone calls, my emails, my text messages I’ve sent,” he says. “The public at large hasn’t a problem with it, but a lot of the time it’s those at the helm of decision making who want to keep [the genre] exclusively Mexican.”

“El Charro Negro” persisted, slowly attracting fans worldwide while promoting a message of harmony through his music.

In 2007, 12 years into his career, Pollard received a golden ticket opportunity.

El Charro Negro
Pollard (left) seen with legendary Mexican artist Vicente Fernandez (right) in 2007. Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

In a by-chance encounter with a stagehand working on Fernandez’s tour, Pollard was offered the chance to perform onstage. The singer was skeptical that the offer was legit. After all, what are the chances?

The next day Pollard went to his day job at the time and said, “a voice in my head, which I believe was God said, ‘wear your blue velvet traje tonight.'”

That evening Pollard went to a sold-out Stockton Area where he met his idol. As he walked on the stage, Pollard recalls Fernandez insisting that he use his personal mic and band to perform “De Que Manera Te Olvido.”

“[Fernandez] said he did not even want to join me,” he recollects about the show. “He just was kind and generous enough to let me sing that song on his stage with his audience.”

The crowd applauded thunderously, which for Pollard was a sign of good things to come.

El Charro Negro
Timoteo “El Charro Negro” with Don Francisco on Don Francisco Presenta in 2011. Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

In 2010, he released his debut album “Me Regalo Contigo.” In perfect Spanish, Pollard sings with great conviction replicating the soft tones of old-school boleros.

Unraveling the rollercoaster of relationships, heart-wrenchingly beautiful ballads like “Me Regalo Contigo” and “Celos” are his most streamed songs. One hidden gem that has caught the listener’s attention is “El Medio Morir.”

As soon as the track begins it is unlike the others. Timoteo delivers a ’90s R&B love ballad in Spanish, singing with gumption as his riffs and belts encapsulate his unique sound and story.

Having appeared on shows like Sabado Gigante, Don Francisco Presenta, and Caso Cerrado in 2011, Timoteo’s career prospered.

Timoteo hasn’t released an album since 2010 but he keeps his passion alive. The singer has continued to perform, even during the Covid pandemic. He has high hopes for future success and original releases, choosing to not slow down from his destined musical journey.

“If God is with me, who can be against me? It may not happen in a quick period of time, but God will make my enemies my footstool,” he said.

“I’ve continued to be successful and do some of the things I want to do; maybe not in a particular way or in particular events, but I live in a very happy and fulfilled existence.”

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