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Facts You Should Know About These 13 Legendary Soccer Players from Latin America

Latin America has always been home to some of the most talented soccer players in the world. After all, in every street of Latin America, football breathes and lives. It is even possible to think that these wonderful players are born to play football all their life.

To explore the talent that the continent has, we have compiled some interesting facts about 13 legendary soccer players from Latin America. Let’s get started.

Lionel Messi

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The Argentine professional footballer who plays for FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team is among the phenomenon players the world has ever seen. In fact, by the age of 21, Messi had already received Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations. Even after being diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency as a child, Messi went ahead and made his debut in Barcelona’s youth academy. 


With Barcelona, he has won almost everything from Spanish League, Super Cup in Europe, King’s Cup in Spain, UEFA’s Champions League, and World Cup of clubs. As if that’s not enough, he still proves to be among the best soccer players in the world.


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The Brazilian athlete is at the peak of his career as a striker in Paris Saint-Germain. Thanks to his great dribbling, skill, finishing, pace, and ability to play with both feet, he is considered to be one of the best players in the world. 

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With a record of 59 goals in a total of 94 matches for the Brazil team, Neymar is the third highest goalscorer for his national team, just behind Pele and Ronaldo. Off the pitch, he’s a prominent sportsman and an ambassador of some great brands which contribute to his huge earnings. Actually, France Football ranked him the third highest paid footballer in 2018.

Javier Hernandez

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Known by his stage name “Chicharito,” Javier Hernandez is a Mexican soccer player with several accolades under his sleeve. He is an all-time leading goalscorer for Mexican national team. He has been described as a “goal-poacher” thanks to his exceptional ability to score goals at close-range.  

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Did you know that his nickname means little pea in Spanish? Actually, it originated from his father who was nicknamed “Chicharo (pea)” because of his green eyes.

Luis Suarez

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The Uruguayan’s soccer player who plays for the famous Spanish club FC Barcelona plays alongside Lionel Messi and continues to win every game with the team.

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You can recall him when he became famous from the old behavior on the field including bites which was criticized heavily across the globe. As a result of his excellent performance, he has achieved five titles with his current club. The most unforgettable being the one he scored against Juventus, in the Champions League Finals and his five goals in the World cups of clubs. As a result, he became the best in that tournament.

Sergio Aguero

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“Kun” is an Argentine professional footballer and is known to be among the youngest soccer players to play in the Argentine Primera Division when he was 15 years old. He actually broke this record that was formerly held by the famous Diego Maradona in 1976. 

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Following his incredible performance in the 2015-2016 season, he entered the books of record of the Premier League when he scored five goals against Newcastle United. He joined the exclusive group of great players like Andy Cole, Dimitar Berbatov, Jermain Defore, and Alan Shearer, as the only players that have made it. Aguero shares a close friendship with Lionel Messi.

Carlos Tevez

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Following his shining performance with a number of European teams, Tevez is considered an indispensable player who plays as a forward for Boca Juniors and the Argentina national team.  In his first season in the team, he scored nine goals in 15 games which was a major boost for the team. 

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An interesting fact about Tevez is that at one time, he performed as the front man for a musical group known as Piola Vago alongside his brother Diego. One of the groups hit “Lost Your Control” became one of the most successful hits in Argentina.

Arturo Vidal

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The Chilean athlete plays as a midfielder for Spanish club Barcelona and Chile’s national team. He collected his fourth title in a row after winning in the A series with Juventus. Arturo has also earned 103 caps for the Chile national team since his first appearance in 2007. 

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He further helped his national team to victory during the 2015 Copa America and the Copa America Centenario. In 2013, EA Sports indicated that they had decided to feature Vidal on FIFA 14 in Central and South Americans, alongside global cover star Lionel Messi.

Alexis Sanchez

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During his era in Arsenal, he was awarded the Best Player of his club. The Chilean professional footballer plays for Manchester United and the Chile national team. 

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The 2015-2016 season was historic for Sanchez after he became the first player to achieve a hat-trick in three of the most famous European competitions (Spanish League, Italian A Series, and Premier League). Sanchez used his incredible “Panenka-style” shot to seal Argentina’s victory in the America Cup championship.

James Rodriguez

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James David Rodrigues or “James” is a Colombian professional soccer player who plays for the German club Bayer Munich on loan from Real Madrid as well as the Colombian national team. 

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He is a versatile footballer with the ability to play in several positions across the front-line or midfielder, having played as a central midfielder, winger, and playmaker for both club and the national team.

Roberto Firmino

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The Liverpool attacking midfielder is one of the most underrated players in the Premier League, but his impact on the team cannot go unnoticed. 

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In the 2017-2018 season, the Brazilian professional footballer switched his shirt to number 9, with the new signing Mohamed Salah assuming his previous number 11. Firmino has been nicknamed “Bobby’ by Liverpool players and fans, shortening of his name “Roberto.”

Keylor Navas

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The Costa Rican professional soccer player is a talented goalkeeper who plays for the Spanish club Real Madrid and Costa Rica national team. His exceptional speed and reflexes earned him the best player of the season award in La Liga in 2014. 

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He is a committed Christian and his favorite Bible verse is Galatians 1:10 which says: “If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

Edinson Cavani

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Regardless of which league he plays, Edinson Cavani always scores lots of goals. The talented Uruguayan footballer who plays as a striker for Paris Saint-Germain, as well as the Uruguay national team, has been at his best ever scoring six goals in seven Champions League games so far. Although he is a quick and strong center forwarder, he is capable of playing in several positions including a winger or as a supporting winger.

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Javier Mascherano

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“El Jefecito” may not be the trending type of guy because he doesn’t score goals, but stops other people from doing it. The Argentinean footballer is known for his versatile and tactical approach in organizing his team in the field. 

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He has been a member of Barcelona for five years and his position and contribution in one of the best clubs in the world is indisputable. In 2015, this talented defender won five titles with Barcelona making it one of the most memorable years in his career.

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato


Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

Luis Fonsi is kicking off 2021 with a new single. The Puerto Rican superstar premiered the music video for “Vacío” on Feb. 18 featuring rising Boricua singer Rauw Alejandro. The guys put a new spin on the classic “A Puro Dolor” by Son By Four.

Luis Fonsi throws it back to his románticas.

“I called Omar Alfanno, the writer of ‘A Puro Dolo,’ who is a dear friend,” Fonsi tells Latido Music. “I told him what my idea was [with ‘Vacío’] and he loved it. He gave me his blessing, so I wrote a new song around a few of those lines from ‘A Puro Dolor’ to bring back that nostalgia of those old romantic tunes that have been a part of my career as well. It’s a fresh production. It sounds like today, but it has that DNA of a true, old-school ballad.”

The world got to know Fonsi through his global smash hit “Despacito” with Daddy Yankee in 2017. The remix with Canadian pop star Justin Bieber took the song to new heights. That was a big moment in Fonsi’s music career that spans over 20 years.

There’s more to Fonsi than “Despacito.”

Fonsi released his first album, the fittingly-titled Comenzaré, in 1998. While he was on the come-up, he got the opportunity of a lifetime to feature on Christina Aguilera’s debut Latin album Mi Reflejo in 2000. The two collaborated on “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” Fonsi scored multiple Billboard Hot Latin Songs No. 1s in the years that followed and one of the biggest hits was “No Me Doy Por Vencido” in 2008. That was his career-defining romantic ballad.

“Despacito” remains the second most-viewed music video on YouTube with over 7.2 billion views. The hits did not stop there. Later in 2017, he teamed up with Demi Lovato for “Échame La Culpa,” which sits impressively with over 2 billion views.

He’s also appearing on The Voice next month.

Not only is Fonsi working on his new album, but also he’s giving advice to music hopefuls for the new season of The Voice that’s premiering on March 1. Kelly Clarkson tapped him as her Battle Advisor. In an exclusive interview, Fonsi talked with us about “Vacío,” The Voice, and a few of his greatest hits.

What was the experience like to work with Rauw Alejandro for “Vacío”?

Rauw is cool. He’s got that fresh sound. Great artist. Very talented. Amazing onstage. He’s got that great tone and delivery. I thought he had the perfect voice to fit with my voice in this song. We had talked about working together for awhile and I thought that this was the perfect song. He really is such a star. What he’s done in the last couple of years has been amazing. I love what he brought to the table on this song.

Now I want to go through some of your greatest hits. Do you remember working with Christina Aguilera for her Spanish album?

How could you not remember working with her? She’s amazing. That was awhile back. That was like 1999 or something like that. We were both starting out and she was putting out her first Spanish album. I got to sing a beautiful ballad called “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” I got to work with her in the studio and see her sing in front of the mic, which was awesome. She’s great. One of the best voices out there still to this day.

What’s one of your favorite memories of “No Me Doy Por Vencido”?

“No Me Doy Por Vencido” is one of the biggest songs in my career. I think it’s tough to narrow it down just to one memory. I think in general the message of the song is what sticks with me. The song started out as a love song, but it turned into an anthem of hope. We’ve used the song for different important events and campaigns. To me, that song has such a powerful message. It’s bigger than just a love song. It’s bringing hope to people. It’s about not giving up. To be able to kind of give [people] hope through a song is a lot more powerful than I would’ve ever imagined. It’s a very special song.

I feel the message is very relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic we’re living through.

Oh yeah! I wrote that song a long time ago with Claudia Brant, and during the first or second month of the lockdown when we were all stuck at home, we did a virtual writing session and we rewrote “No Me Doy Por Vencido.” Changing the lyrics, kind of adjusting them to this situation that we’re living now. I haven’t recorded it. I’ll do something with it eventually. It’s really cool. It still talks about love. It talks about reuniting. Like the light at the end of the tunnel. It has the hope and love backbone, but it has to do a lot with what we’re going through now.

What do you think of the impact “Despacito” made on the industry?

It’s a blessing to be a part of something so big. Again, it’s just another song. We write these songs and the moment you write them, you don’t really know what’s going to happen with them. Or sometimes you run into these surprises like “Despacito” where it becomes a global phenomenon. It goes No. 1 in places where Spanish songs had never been played. I’m proud. I’m blessed. I’m grateful to have worked with amazing people like Daddy Yankee. Like Justin Bieber for the remix and everyone else involved in the song. My co-writer Erika Ender. The producers Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres. It was really a team effort and it’s a song that obviously changed my career forever.

What was the experience like to work with Demi Lovato on “Echáme La Culpa”?

She’s awesome! One of the coolest recording sessions I’ve ever been a part of. She really wanted to sing in Spanish and she was so excited. We did the song in Spanish and English, but it was like she was more excited about the Spanish version. And she nailed it! She nailed it from the beginning. There was really not much for me to say to her. I probably corrected her once or twice in the pronunciation, but she came prepared and she brought it. She’s an amazing, amazing, amazing vocalist.

You’re going to be a battle advisor on The Voice. What was the experience like to work with Kelly Clarkson?

She’s awesome. What you see is what you get. She’s honest. She’s funny. She’s talented. She’s humble and she’s been very supportive of my career. She invited me to her show and it speaks a lot that she wanted me to be a part of her team as a Battle Advisor for the new season. She supports Latin music and I’m grateful for that. She’s everything you hope she would be. She’s the real deal, a true star, and just one of the coolest people on this planet.

What can we expect from you in 2021?

A lot of new music. Obviously, everything starts today with “Vacío.” This is literally the beginning of what this new album will be. I’ve done nothing but write and record during the last 10 months, so I have a bunch of songs. Great collaborations coming up. I really think the album will be out probably [in the] third or fourth quarter this year. The songs are there and I’m really eager for everybody to hear them.

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

If you’ve ever wondered what someone with a bulletproof vest and an AR-15 would look like flossing — the dance, not the method of dental hygiene — apparently the answer to that question can be found on TikTok.

Unfortunately, it’s not as a part of some absurdist sketch comedy or surreal video art installation. Instead, it’s part of a growing trend of drug cartels in Mexico using TikTok as a marketing tool. Nevermind the fact that Mexico broke grim records last year for the number of homicides and cartel violence, the cartels have found an audience on TikTok and that’s a serious cause for concern.

Mexican cartels are using TikTok to gain power and new recruits.

Just a couple of months ago, a TikTok video showing a legit high-speed chase between police and drug traffickers went viral. Although it looked like a scene from Netflix’s Narcos series, this was a very real chase in the drug cartel wars and it was viewed by more than a million people.

Typing #CartelTikTok in the social media search bar brings up thousands of videos, most of them from people promoting a “cartel culture” – videos with narcocorridos, and presumed members bragging about money, fancy cars and a luxury lifestyle.

Viewers no longer see bodies hanging from bridges, disembodied heads on display, or highly produced videos with messages to their enemies. At least not on TikTok. The platform is being used mainly to promote a lifestyle and to generate a picture of luxury and glamour, to show the ‘benefits’ of joining the criminal activities.

According to security officials, the promotion of these videos is to entice young men who might be interested in joining the cartel with images of endless cash, parties, military-grade weapons and exotic pets like tiger cubs.

Cartels have long used social media to shock and intimidate their enemies.

And using social media to promote themselves has long been an effective strategy. But with Mexico yet again shattering murder records, experts on organized crime say Cartel TikTok is just the latest propaganda campaign designed to mask the blood bath and use the promise of infinite wealth to attract expendable young recruits.

“It’s narco-marketing,” said Alejandra León Olvera, an anthropologist at Spain’s University of Murcia, in a statement to the New York Times. The cartels “use these kinds of platforms for publicity, but of course it’s hedonistic publicity.”

Mexico used to be ground zero for this kind of activity, where researchers created a new discipline out of studying these narco posts. Now, gangs in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, and the United States are also involved.

A search of the #CartelTikTok community and its related accounts shows people are responding. Public comments from users such as “Y’all hiring?” “Yall let gringos join?” “I need an application,” or “can I be a mule? My kids need Christmas presents,” are on some of the videos.

One of the accounts related to this cartel community publicly answered: “Of course, hay trabajo para todos,” “I’ll send the application ASAP.” “How much is the pound in your city?” “Follow me on Instagram to talk.” The post, showing two men with $100 bills and alcohol, had more than a hundred comments.

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