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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

El Paso Widower Who Invited Everyone To His Wife’s Funeral Donates Thousands Of Flowers To Honor All 22 Victims Of The El Paso Massacre

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El Paso Widower Who Invited Everyone To His Wife’s Funeral Donates Thousands Of Flowers To Honor All 22 Victims Of The El Paso Massacre

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It’s been a little over two weeks since a terrorist upended lives when he attacked an El Paso Walmart, killing 22 people. Since then, there has been an outpouring of grief and pain but along with it a community banding together amid an outpouring of support. 

Over the weekend, that cycle of grief and support continued as many of the remaining victims were finally laid to rest. 

One El Paso funeral home director put together the ultimate send off for all 22 victims, organizing a caravan of hearses that convened at the makeshift memorial. 

Twenty-two hearses carried flowers to the makeshift memorial outside Walmart.

Perches, who organized the funeral for an El Paso widower who made headlines when he invited the entire city to his wife’s service, reached out to other area funeral homes to organize 22 hearses — one for each person killed — to deliver flowers to the makeshift memorial at Walmart, which has become a place to mourn and remember. One final procession.

On Sunday, the hearses left La Paz and followed a police escort for the five mile procession to the memorial.

There were so many flowers at La Paz that it took nearly an hour for about 100 volunteers to load the hearses.

The flowers were donated from the El Paso widower made famous when he invited the entire city to his wife’s funeral.

There were 22 hearses, representing the 22 victims of the shooting, that carried more than 1,000 floral arrangements sent by people around the world for Margie Reckard’s funeral service and burial — which were held on Friday night and Saturday.

Salvador Perches told local ABC affiliate KVIA, “I spoke with (Reckard’s) husband about the idea, and he felt this would be a fitting tribute to his wife and to the other victims,” Perches said. “Contact was then made to all of the other participating funeral homes and all of them agreed that this can serve as a gesture of unity and a sense of closure for all of the funerals that happened from this tragedy.”

People who saw the caravan pass by took to social media to share their emotions.

Cars stopped in both directions as the 22 hearses passed. People captured the moment on cell phones. Some held small American flags and removed their hats.

“I just got chills,” Sunset Funeral Homes Director Christopher Lujan told CNN in an interview. “Seeing 22 hearses is just unbelievable.”

The hearses unloaded the flowers at the makeshift memorial site outside the Walmart where the attack took place.

The makeshift memorial at Walmart sprang up a day after the shooting. People have gathered to pray and sing amid the candles, rosaries and white crosses with handwritten names of the dead.

Funeral directors invited mourners at the memorial site to unload the arrangements. They took the flowers and arranged them around the crosses. “Everybody wanted to participate in one way or another,” said Gomez, who runs the social services non-profit Operation H.O.P.E., in an interview with CNN.

Victims Of The El Paso Massacre Received Visits From Edward James Olmos And George López And Their Reactions Are Everything

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Victims Of The El Paso Massacre Received Visits From Edward James Olmos And George López And Their Reactions Are Everything

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It’s been two weeks to the day since a white supremacist traveled 10 hours to target Latino shoppers at an El Paso Walmart, leaving 22 dead and injured another 25 people. One patient remains in critical condition while another four are stable, but still hospitalized at El Paso’s University Medical Center. A surprise visit from Stand and Deliver star Edward James Olmos and comedian George Lopez certainly caused a positive flurry of emotion in hospital staff and survivors.

El Paso Times reports that there was no live media coverage of their visit, as it was not publicized and took everyone by surprise. The two spent hours just talking to survivors, families of those who did not survive and hospital staff.

“It was a real emotional experience all around,” UMC spokesman Ryan Mielke told El Paso Times. “They just wanted to meet with patients and staff.”

Olmos posted a photo to his Twitter with one of the survivors and her family.

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“Celebrating life with the survivors of El Paso,” tweeted Mexicano actor Edward J Olmos. “Find a way of helping and uniting with the families of those that lost family members and survivors and their families of Dayton and El Paso.  Find ways of helping!”

Olmos and Lopez were gifted surgical caps signed by all the hospital staff that treated victims that fateful August 3rd.

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“The surgery caps worn by Lopez and Olmos were signed by all the members of UMC’s Emergency Department who were on hand August 3rd after a mass causality shooting in El Paso,” tweeted UMC El Paso. “Their visit today brought smiles and relief to recovering victims and their families.”

Mielke said the Hollywood stars pulled up a chair next to the survivors and listened to them for hours.

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UMC hospital nurse Priscilla Fraire smiled big to get a selfie in with Lopez and Olmos. Her mom even tweeted out her thanks to the actors, saying, “Thanks George and Edward for caring about our community. #ElPasoStrong #ThankYou”

“Thank you for all you do for our Raza,” tweets a fan named Debbie Lopez Contreras. “I truly appreciate you and all your hard work to make this world a better place. Much  to you and yours”

The El Paso Pride is certainly stronger than ever.

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“Put a firmeza en El Chuco Tejas love my town 915 por vida,” one fan responds to Olmos’ tweet. “Let’s hear it for the good guys,” tweets Liz Perez in response to a comment that wonders why “hospitalized victims of the racist GOP terrorist mass murderer welcomed their visits and adamantly refused to see trump and the missus.”

“Thank you for going to my beloved hometown, Mr. Olmos!” tweets another El Pasoan. “A beautiful, compassionate and wonderful city with people on both sides of the border with our Sister City Ciudad Juarez! You are amazing, as always <3” El Paso is strong because of its Latinos, holding up other Latinos, por siempre.

This hospital staffer expressed gratitude for Olmos’ empathy for El Paso.

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“Greatly appreciate you for taking the time to come visit my city #ElPaso,” tweeted Cynthia Martinez. “It was a real pleasure to meet you. Thank you for making time to come and support our city. A community that is grieving, that is hurting.” 

“There were lines of nurses and it was chaotic.”

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“They were really friendly,” 23-year-old nursing student Oseleonoleme told El Paso Times. “There were lines of nurses and it was chaotic.”

That chaos led to some staffers missing out on the photo op, and others delighting their daughters who later tweeted the above photo with the caption, “My dad works at UMC El Paso and he sent me this picture today!”

Forever, we honor the victims from the El Paso shooting. 

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  • Jordan Anchondo
  • Andre Anchondo
  • Arturo Benavides
  • Javier Rodriguez
  • Sara Esther Regalado Moriel
  • Adolfo Cerros Hernández 
  • Gloria Irma Marquez
  • María Eugenia Legarreta Rothe
  • Ivan Manzano
  • Juan de Dios Velázquez Chairez
  • David Johnson
  • Leonardo Campos Jr. 
  • Maribel Campos (Loya)
  • Angelina Silva-Englisbee
  • Maria Flores
  • Raul Flores
  • Jorge Calvillo Garcia
  • Alexander Gerhard Hoffman
  • Teresa Sanchez
  • Margie Reckard
  • Elsa Libera Marquez
  • Luis Alfonzo Juarez

Rest in Power.

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