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.

The World Can’t Get Enough Of J Balvin, He Is YouTube’s Most Streamed Artist Worldwide


The World Can’t Get Enough Of J Balvin, He Is YouTube’s Most Streamed Artist Worldwide

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¡Mi gente! Your faves could never. Latin music domination continues around the world with the top spots of global streaming platforms being stacked with Latinx artists. What a time to be alive. Remember when we all had to pretend Drake was Dominican to get some kind of representation out here? But when you think about the sheer number of people on the planet that speak Spanish, it totally makes sense that Latinx artists would have such a massive reach. 

And let’s be real, while fluency helps, you really don’t have to be proficient to enjoy reggaeton. The energetic, pulsating beats can compel anyone to move. Do you really think everyone in the United States knew the English translation of Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” in order to enjoy it? Music transcends language and so does Colombian trap artist J Balvin apparently. Do you think anyone even noticed that the lyrics in “Harlem Shake” are largely in Spanish? Nope. 

J Balvin is here to stay.

For six consecutive weeks, J Balvin has chopped the global charts on YouTube. That’s a total of 1.26 billion views on the platform. 

“Artista más visto en YouTube Global,” Balvin wrote in an Instagram caption.

This comes as no surprise to Balvin fans. In 2018, Balvin ousted drake as the most-streamed artist worldwide on Spotify. The singer surpassed 48 million monthly listeners last summer thanks to his single “X” with Nicky Jam which streamed over 327 million times. Balvin is in great company on the global charts with Daddy Yankee, Bad Bunny, and Ozuna all in the top 10. The trio’s single “China” with Anuel AA and Karol G is currently number 1 on the YouTube global charts and number 2 in the United States chart. However, we’re pleased to note that “Señorita” by Camilla Cabello and Shawn Mendes is topping the charts in the states. 

Balvin shouts out his Latinx fans. 

“Artista más escuchado en el mundo en @spotify posición #1 que celebro con todos mis latinos y los soñadores. Gracias Gracias Gracias,” Balvin wrote in the caption. 

Our boy is famous basically everywhere?

The top countries streaming Balvin’s music are Mexico with 240 million views, Argentina with 121 million views, and Colombia with 121 million views. The United States is in fourth place with 112 million views, followed by Spain, Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Brazil, and Venezuela. But fear not, Balvin has fans in at least 100 different countries according to YouTube. 

We stan a humble king of the masses!

Like, literally could you imagine how this level of adoration and attention would completely warp your mind? I would be a monster. I would build a house out of fan mail and then set it ablaze just to laugh at my stupid fans. I’d have so many, who cares! Meanwhile, the artist, who typically regales his followers with personal messages on Instagram every morning at 5 a.m., knows how to connect with his fans. Balvin even served ordinary people from a coffee cart in New York City the other day. 

“Buenos días , buenos días , buenos días !!!!! ARCOÍRIS TOUR empieza 30 de Agosto en Puerto Rico !! Choliseo,” he wrote on Instagram. 

 We stan a humble king of the masses!

This isn’t the first Latin wave (and it won’t be the last).

In the 1990s, the late and great Selena catapulted Tejano and Cumbia music into the mainstream American consciousness. This ushered in the era of the “Latin Explosion” where legends were born. Ricky Martin, Thalía, Marc Anthony, Enrique Iglesias, and Jennifer Lopez made their marks. Hell, even Frank Sinatra personally invited Luis Miguel to record a duet of “Come Fly With Me” on his 1994 album Duets II. 

In the 2000s, there was the “Latin Pop Boom” that saw the likes of Shakira, Paulina Rubio, and Christina Aguilera topping the charts. You may even remember non-Latinx artists trying to ride the wave with Beyoncé collaborating with Shakira on the duet, “Beautiful Liar,” and releasing a Spanish language version of the single “Irreplaceable.” It almost feels odd to call these decades different waves or eras when it is pretty clear Latinxs have been consistently rocking the charts since Gloria Estefan in the 1980s. Since then, in the United States, we have been blessed with many more Latinx acts including the likes of Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Camila Cabello, Becky G, and Cardi B. And of course, there are all the amazing imports from Latinx countries around the world. If we want to continue this Latinx chart domination, I only have one piece of advice: stream “China” by J. Balvin on YouTube and Spotify!

Sparking Tequila: It Better Be On The Menu At Your Next Pool Party Or I’m Not Going


Sparking Tequila: It Better Be On The Menu At Your Next Pool Party Or I’m Not Going

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Summer 2019 is officially the summer carbonation took over the hearts and minds of the the adult beverage industry. Natty Light, PBR, Four Loko, and practically any alcohol company with a pulse who can make and bottle boozy seltzer jumped on a train that continues to bubble out of control.

The next phase of the sparkling beverage boom: Sparkling tequila.

LA-based Pure Azul just announced that it will be rolling out Azulana sparkling tequila this week in California, producing the first and only beverage on the market made with 100% blue agave tequila and sparkling soda.

Crafted in Jalisco, Mexico, it comes canned in three flavors: Original (… tequila-flavored sparkling soda), Lime, and Pineapple Rosemary. Azulana sparkling tequila will be released in 12-oz. cans, containing 4.3% ABV with 145 calories.

In other words, the legit perfect drink for summer. You just may want to break out some sal y limon to fully enjoy it. 

The three flavors are each unique and, not gonna lie, sound straight up tasty.

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According to the company’s website, the “Original” flavor goes down smooth with a “lightly sweet” and “slightly tart” taste.

The “Pineapple Rosemary,” meanwhile, boasts a fruity, herbal flavor somewhat reminiscent of flowers, while the “Lime” option is zesty and tropical.

Sparkling tequila is the the latest in a total takeover of the alcoholic beverage industry by sparkly, bubbly bebidas. 

Clearly, Azulana looks to capitalize on two glaring beverage industry trends: The proliferation of sparkling hard seltzer and the continued success of tequila, which Azulana notes “continues to thrive.” In 2017, for example, the US saw an 8.5% increase in tequila liter sales over the previous year, according to the Distilled Spirits Council.

In a press release, Katie Pittman, Head of Sales and Marketing at Pure Azul notes, “Our goal is to help others understand that tequila isn’t just enjoyed during a wild night out – with Azulana, it can truly be enjoyed during all occasions – anywhere, anytime.”

It’s also good timing – tequila sales are up up up across the US. 

It may not seem like it to those of us who regularly order the Patron or some Cuervo when we having a party, but it’s true. Tequila sales are booming in the US. In 2017, for example, tequila sales were up 8.5% from the year before. 

So if there was ever a time to enter the tequila business – it would be now. Make them coins. 

The grand unveiling was August 22nd at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.

And, of course, it made its debut at a Rolling Stones concert. Because I guess tequila and Stones go together like…sal y limon? 

But don’t worry if you didn’t make it to that concert. You won’t have to wait long. The sparking tequila beverage will be available at Bristol Farms supermarkets in Southern California from August 28th before expanding to other markets and regions from then. 

While some seemed to at least be open to the idea…

I mean, it all really depends on your feelings towards sparkling drinks to begin with. If you’re already a fan, then sparkling tequila isn’t too much of a stretch. 

Mexicans were openly skeptical.

But let’s note, many on Latino Twitter basically said they were simultaneously fascinated and disgusted by the idea of sparkling tequila.

And a few people pointed out that summer is nearly over. 

But if you have sparking tequila at your house…is summer ever really over? I don’t think so. 

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