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Literally Just 20 Lionel Messi Tattoos To Admire

Lionel Messi is probably one of the most recognizable faces in soccer right now. Sure, part of it is likely because of the super sweet moment he had with a child from the Middle East that wore a plastic bag that looked like his jersey. But it is also probably because of he amazing soccer skills. Here are 20 tattoos of the soccer legend that prove fans have a very deep love for the athlete.

Simple. Clean. Recognizable.

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If you don’t want to get too intense, or expensive, this is the way to go. Just the number on the jersey and the last name. Everyone will recognize it.

The blurry action shot.

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The best part of art is that things don’t have to be perfect. Here we see what would be a blurry photo expertly placed on a Messi fan.

Minimalistic Messi is pretty dope.

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This should give all of you some inspo on how to turn your doodles into a permanent art installation.

Nothing like reminiscing on the major life events.

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Copa del Rey is a major soccer tournament played in Spain between the different Spanish soccer teams. Of course Messi was on the winning team more than once.

Why settle for just one Messi image?

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You have two legs and soccer is all about the legs. Therefore, it just makes sense to show off your love for Messi with two tattoos, one on each leg.

A pensive portrait is always nice.

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It’s like all of those photos your mom and abuela took of you and hung all over the house. A nice portrait really goes a long way.

There is something to be said about the classic from behind photo.

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That way you get to see the name and number and everyone will know who the tattoo is for.

Some times you love the player more than the game/teams.

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And when you love the player, like Messi, you just have to change your loyalty to the different teams he graces.

Get meta with it.

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Lionel Messi with his number inside his number. Talk about a true memorial.

Maybe your favorite Messi was blonde Messi.

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There’s nothing wrong with remembering someone the way you loved them. Perhaps his darker hair is just too much for you to handle.

Who else remembers those portraits with floating heads?

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It might not read as well as a tattoo but it’s your body so you can do with it what you want.

Messi, el Santo de Fútbol.

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That’s one way to honor one of the most memorable soccer players of all time. Fight me.

It’s always a good time to remember the good times.

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A celebratory tattoo is a great way to remember the best moments.

Autograph tattoos are *still* in style, apparently.

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Simple and to the point. How many times have you ever considered getting your favorite athlete’s or celeb’s tattoo on you?

One way to honor the soccer player is to remember the good he has done.

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It wasn’t that long ago that he was so moved by an Afghani child that he sent a jersey and soccer ball to the fan. What a sweet moment to remember as part of Messi’s legacy.

Stoic pics are some times the best way to go.

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No fluff, no smiles, no fancy outfits. Just a man concentrating on the game that lies before him and the determined look of a true professional.

Get a caricature of the man and slap in on your arm.

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I mean, we all love to get ourselves drawn by the folks on the piers or any other tourist trap. Why not use that inspo and get a fun tattoo?

If you think he’s a king, let the world know.

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That’s right. Some people are so enamored with people that they see them as royalty. The Internet is a great place.

Did we mention portraits yet?

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Because they are still a great way to memorialize the great.

Show the love you carry in your heart.

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This tattoo is one of the most beautiful and loving tattoos of the soccer great you’ll see.

Who are you rooting for in the World Cup? Share your love with us using and #WorldCup2018 and #ShowUsYourColors.

There Is Still A Lot Of Mystery About The First-Ever Latino To Play In The MLB

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There Is Still A Lot Of Mystery About The First-Ever Latino To Play In The MLB

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When it comes to crossing racial barriers in baseball, Jackie Robinson is the first name that comes to mind for many. However, before there was Robinson, there was Luis “Lou” Manuel Castro, the first Latino player in baseball’s modern era and the first to play in Major League Baseball. While his name might not be in the same regard or even known to many like Robinson, Castro earned the important distinction.

But unlike Robinson, Castro’s playing career was short, only lasting 42 games for the Philadelphia Athletics in the 1902 season where he batted for a .245 average. This might be why Castro isn’t as highly regarded or well known as the baseball Hall of Famer who broke baseball’s color line in 1947.

There might be another reason the name Lou Castro isn’t a household name. There are conflicting reports on where he was actually born.

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There is some mystery when it comes to the legacy of Castro that many point to where he was really born. There are some reports that say Castro listed New York City as his birthplace later in his place but it’s widely agreed that he was born in 1876 in Medellin, Colombia. Castro would only stay in Colombia for eight years as his family and he would move to the U.S. due to the country’s political instability during that period. Castro’s family traveled by boat to the U.S. where they arrived in New York. 

According to Nick Martinez, a baseball historian who studied Castro’s life, a list of passengers he researched shows that an 8-year-old Castro was indeed on the S.S. Colon, which arrived in New York City on October 16, 1885, supporting the case that he did arrive from Colombia.

During his teen years, Castro would pick up baseball and by the age of 17 years old, he joined the Manhattan College baseball team. He was known to have quite the sense of humor among teammates and garnered the nickname “Judge.” He’d continue his playing career across multiple minor league clubs before getting his big break at the major leagues. Hall of Fame manager Connie Mack got a good look at Castro and offered him a try-out that resulted in him joining the Philadelphia Athletics.

While his run as a major league player was short with the Athletics, Castro still made enough of an impact to say he contributed to the club clinching the 1902 American League pennant. According to Remezcla, the rookie was invited to be a part of the team’s year-end banquet where gave an acceptance speech on behalf of some fellow teammate. The celebration even resulted in him singing some songs in Spanish. 

There is also the highly debated theory that Castro was somehow related to Venezuelan President Cipriano Castro. 

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The theories don’t just stop with this birthplace, Castro has been linked to being related to Venezuelan President Cipriano Castro. He has both claimed and denied being related to the infamous dictator. It was known that Castro frequently claimed to have been either the nephew or cousin (or even son) of Castro, who had prior family and business connections back in Castro’s home country of Colombia. 

The legacy of Lou Castro might be a bit complicated but he led the way for other Latino ballplayers to break into the big leagues. 

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While his playing days were short, Castro’s baseball life continued as he became the first Latino to “manage a club in Organized Baseball” after he retired as a player. Castro would eventually die in New York at the age of 64 on Sept. 24, 1941. 

While Castro’s career didn’t immediately lead to a burst of Latin players making their way to the big leagues, it would be another decade before Latino players started to make an impact on the field, he still paved a way for many Latinos to follow. 

Iconic Latin stars like Roberto Clemente and Orlando Cepeda, who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the San Francisco Giants respectively, would rise to fame in the late ’50s. In 2018, the number of Latino MLB players hit 31.9 percent, the highest in 20 years. The number is a testament to the ever-growing popularity of the game in Latin countries and the door that Castro opened back in 1902.  

While his story might not be as well know as other baseball players, Lou Castro does have his place in history. 

Specifically, Latino history. 

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

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

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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