The 17 Most Expensive Latino Soccer Players

Although major league soccer ranks fifth among the highest paying sports, three Latino soccer players ranked in the top ten of the current Forbes’ list of top earning athletes. They occupy the 2nd, 3rd and 5th spots. All three footballers ranked ahead of NBA mega star, Lebron James. It pays to be on top. Major league soccer players earn an average annual salary of about $1.6 million, but many Latino soccer players cost their teams far above that average.  The following list ranks 17 of the most expensive Latino footballers.

#17 Proving His Worth


30-year-old Renato Augusto is a natural along the middle third. Two years on ago, Beijing Guoan paid a $9 million fee to secure his services. By posting 73 appearances and 18 goals, he has justified that expense and his annual $7.4 million salary.

#16  Happy Returns


After playing only one season with Barcelona, Paulinho re-joined Guangzhou Evergrande. The Chinese club has the option of purchasing the Brazilian midfielder next summer. In any event, his purchase price is expected to be much more than the $46 million Barcelona paid to acquire him.  His present annual salary is $8 million.

#15 Another Chinese Super League Star


In early 2016, Chinese club Jiang Suning paid the $56.6 million transfer fee to acquire the services of Alex Teixeira.  The attacking midfielder had a productive seven-year stint with Shakhtar Donetsk. He scored 89 goals and helped Shakhtar win five Ukrainian Premier wins.  His current annual salary is $13.6 million.

#14 A Second Look


Jackson Martinez is presently on loan to Portimonense from Guangzhou Evergrande. Although he is contracted to the Chinese Super League club, the Porto striker hasn’t played a match for Guangzhou since 2016. This opportunity to play gives Martinez a second chance to regain his form and prove he is worthy of his $14.2 million a year salary.

#13 Ramires Santos do Nascimento


In 2016, the Chinese club Jiansu Suning signed Ramires to a four-year contract. The club paid a Chinese record of $31.8 million for this versatile midfielder. His annual salary is around $14.8 million.

#12 Happy in the Super League


Ezequiel Iván Lavezzi has certainly benefited from playing in the Chinese Super League. The winger/forward is a solid and skillful player. However, he would be hard pressed to earn his $15.9 million annual salary in some other region.

#11 Paid to Attack


In the 2017-18 season, Edinson Cavani was named the best attacking player in the history of Paris Saint-Germain. In 2012, the French club paid the $72.7 million transfer costs to acquire this player. His total annual revenue is $18 million.

#10 Romancing the Hulk


In 2016, Shanghai SIPG paid over $62 million to purchase Givanildo Vieira de Sousa ( aka, Hulk) from Zenit of the Russian Premier League. As a result, his yearly earnings of $22 million put him solidly in the top ten of this list. Hulk’s powerful scoring ways have served him well.

#9 Up In the Air


Midfielder James Rodriquez is currently on loan to FC Bayern Munich from Real Madrid. If Bayern decides to exercise its option, Real Madrid will have to buy Rodriquez back at market value of around $68 million. Rodriquez has game changer skills. Many clubs would love to snare him. His current total annual income is $22.1 million.

#8 Captain Silva


Since 2012, Thiago Silva has helped Paris Saint-Germain win four French Championships and two Coupes de France.  In fact, the club has officially stated that its captain, Thiago Silva, is one of the greatest players in PSG history. Two years ago, the club extended his $21.4 million a year contract to 2020. This raises the 34-year-old defender’s yearly income to $22.4 million.

#7 Holding Strong


Although his market value has dropped in the past three years, Angel Di Maria’s four -year contract with Paris St Germain keeps the right winger in the top ten of this list. His total annual earnings with endorsements are $22.6 million.

#6 Room for Growth

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Only 22-years-old, Sergio Aguero is very young to be in the plus $20 million club. The Manchester striker pulls in a combined income of $23 million a year. Other teams are fully aware of Sergio’s potential. When his contract with Manchester is over, there is a big possibility that the young Argentinian will move up on this list.

#5 Respect and Fear Equal Value


Many of his peers regard Luis Suarez as one of the best soccer players in the world. Obviously, the FC Barcelona executives feel the same way about the Uruguayan striker. On his team, Suarez’s annual pay of $26.9 million is second only to Lionel Messi. His contract with the $226 million buy-out cause will keep Suarez in Barcelona until June 2021.

#4 The Chinese Connection


When Oscar dos Santos Emboaba left Chelsea for Shanghai SIPG, he quadrupled his income. The 27-year-old’s base annual salary jumped up to almost $26 million. His total earnings of $27.4 million put him at # 56 on the Forbes list and 4th on the Highest Paid Soccer Players list.

#3 Neymar’s Big Jump


When Neymar da Silva signed his new contract with Paris St. Germain in the fall of last year, he instantly quadrupled his income. His contract raised the salary ceiling for top tier soccer players like Lionel Messi. A few months after Neymar signed his new contract, the increased pay standard made it easier for Messi to get his asking price. Neymar’s total annual revenue has reached $90 million. On top of that, Neymar’s $263 million buyout clause would make him a tough player to wrestle away from PSG.

#2 Mass Appeal Sweetens the Deals


Although his gross $64 million annual salary is less than Lionel Messi’s $84 million and Neymar’s $73 million, Cristiano Ronaldo’s $47 million in endorsement revenue makes him the second most expensive soccer player and the world’s third highest paid athlete. Now with Italian Series A Club Juventus, the 33-year-old forward’s endorsements, appearances and licensing deals bring his total yearly earnings of $108 million within $3 million of Messi’s total annual revenue. With his growing appeal, the four-time Ballon d’Or winner may take over the top spot next year.

#1  The Lion’s Share to Lionel Messi


Just over a year ago, Lionel Messi signed a new three-year contract with FC Barcelona. The deal made Lionel the world’s highest paid soccer player. Also, with $111 million total annual earnings, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is presently the world’s second highest paid athlete. However, the factor that makes Messi untouchable to other clubs is his $835 million buyout clause.

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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


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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