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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

Via: Esportefera.com

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

Via: Scoopnest.com

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

Via: Anamariacanseco.com

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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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Christmas is a special time of year. Families have their traditions to mark the festive year and some of those traditions are rooted in culture. Here are some of the ways various countries in Latin America celebrate Christmas.

El Pase Del Niño Viajero – Ecuador

El Pase del Niño Viajero is a pageant that happens in Ecuador that lasts weeks. The parade is meant to represent the journey of Mary and Joseph. The parade highlights the religious importance of Christmas in Ecuador and is most common in the Andean region of the country.

The biggest and most important parade is in Cuenca, a deeply religious city. Citizens near the city have all day to see the parade as it starts in the early morning and runs through the late afternoon. This gives people a lot of time to make it to the city to witness the parade.

La Gritería – Nicaragua

La Gritería comes after La Purisma. La Purisma is celebrated at the end of November and is meant to celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. La Gritería is celebrated in early December and involves literal yelling. Someone would shout “Que causa tanta alegria?” (“What causes so much happiness?”) People respond “La Concepción de María.” (“Mary’s Conception.”)

Las Posadas – Mexico

Mexican posadas are the most recognizable. Posadas take place in Mexico from Dec. 16-24, though this year they are most likely to be virtual. The posada begins with a procession in the neighborhood filled with people singing and sometimes led by two people dressed as Mary and Joseph.

Another part is the posada party. Before guests can enter, there is a song exchange with the people outside playing Joseph looking for shelter. The hosts sing the side of the innkeeper saying there is no room. Eventually, the guests are welcomed into the home to celebrate Christmas.

Aguinaldos – Colombia

Aguinaldos are a series of games played by people in Colombia leading up to Christmas. There are certain games that are common among people in Colombia. One is pajita en boca, which requires holding a straw in your mouth the entire time of a social event. Another is dar y no recibir, which is about getting people to take something you are giving to score a point.

El Quema Del Diablo – Guatemala

El quema del diablo is celebrated in early December and is a way of letting go of the previous year. People burn piñatas and effigies of the devil to let go of all negative feelings and moments from the previous year. If there was every to try a new tradition, this would be the year. Burn an effigy and banish 2020 to the past, where it belongs.

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