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Latino Athletes Made 2015 So Fun to Watch

Latino athletes made headlines throughout 2015. We were treated to plenty of homeruns, knockouts and goals – lots of goals. Here’s what went down this year:

Joey Bats and the bat flip seen around the world:

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It took Jose Bautista 11 years to play in the MLB postseason and he made it a memorable one. The Dominicano’s epic home run helped the Blue Jays defeat the Texas Rangers in Game 5 of the ALDS. Unfortunately for Bautista, the Blue Jays couldn’t get past the eventual champs, the Kansas City Royals.

The UFC went to Mexico for the first time and two Latino heavyweights faced off.

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UFC held its first pay-per-view event in Mexico City, and Brazilian Fabricio Werdum punished Cain Velaquez to snatch the UFC Heavyweight title. Although Velasquez was returning to the Octagon after a 20-month layoff, most experts expected a much closer fight. Werdum, known for his jiu-jitsu game, kept the fight standing and surprised Cain with his improved striking game. Werdum controlled the fight and submitted Velasquez in the third round of their bout.

Leo Messi continued to show he’s from a different planet.

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Leo Messi nearly broke Jerome Boateng’s ankles (and Twitter) after this brilliant goal against Bayern Munich in the first leg of the Champions League semifinal back in May.

The Kansas City Royals found their “savior.”

Good morning mi gente DIOS los bendiga???

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Venezuelan and Royals catcher Salvador Perez was named the World Series MVP after Kansas City defeated the Mets in five games. And of course, Royals fans began calling Perez their savior.

A Mexico vs. Puerto Rico boxing matchup leads to another title for Canelo.

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Saul “Canelo” Alvarez capped an unforgettable 2015 by defeating Miguel Cotto in November to win the WBC middleweight belt.

Hey, this Carlos Correa kid can play!

Taking flight at Minute Maid… Fun one last night #astros #win

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Puerto Rican sensation Carlos Correa concluded his magical first year in the big leagues by winning the AL Rookie of the Year. The Astros’ shortstop is drawing comparisons to Alex Rodriguez (before everyone hated Alex Rodriguez).

Chicharito quieted his haters with a clutch goal.

A Mexican and an American rode into the history books.

We Love Kentucky

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Mexican jockey Victor Espinoza and his horse American Pharaoh captured the first Triple Crown since 1978.

The new pound-for-pound king is from Nicaragua.

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Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez was named the new pound-for-pound king in boxing after Floyd Mayweather retired. The Nicaraguan boasts a perfect 44-0 record.

Big Papi’s 500th home run.

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David Ortiz added to his Hall-of-Fame resume by joining the 500 home runs club. Big Papi said 2016 will be his last season in the MLB.

Canelo-Cotto event produced the fight of the year, but it wasn’t Cotto vs. Canelo.

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Francisco Vargas was headed for a loss against Takashi Miura, but the Mexican warrior rallied despite a swollen shut right eye. In an epic ninth round, Vargas knocked out the Japanese boxer to win the WBC featherweight title during the Canelo-Cotto undercard.

After lots of controversy, Mexico beats the USA in CONCACAF Cup.

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After advancing through the CONCACAF Gold Cup in controversial fashion – Mexico was awarded questionable penalties in matches versus Costa Rica and Panama – Mexico defeated Jamaica soundly to win the title. That led to a face-off with the US in the CONCACAF Cup. Paul Aguilar’s goal in overtime lifted Mexico past the United States at the Rose Bowl in October.

The Hawks go streaking to start 2015.

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Dominican power forward Al Horford was a major reason why his Hawks went 17-0 in January and extended the streak to 19 games.  Atlanta advanced to the Eastern Conference finals where they fell to the Cavaliers.

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Dad Of Julio Urías Got A Tattoo Honoring His Son’s World Series Win

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Dad Of Julio Urías Got A Tattoo Honoring His Son’s World Series Win

Parents always find new ways to be proud of their children and how to tell the world how proud they are. This includes Julio Urías’ father who recently unveiled his newest tattoo in honor of his World Series-winning son.

Julio Urías’ dad is showing off just how proud he is of his son.

Tattoo artist Andres Ortega Rojas posted photos on Instagram showing off the tattoo. Carlos Urías forever enshrined his sons victorious lunge after Game 6 against the Tampa Bay Rays while a tattoo on his left arm.

Rojas told TMZ that the tattoo took nine hours to complete and that is was Carlos’ first tattoo. The moment captured on Carlos’ arm is one that is etched into the brains of Dodgers fans. It was the first time the Dodger has won the World Series since 1988 ending a decades-long dry spell.

The tattoo is catching everyone’s attention.

People are loving the tribute made to his son with a tattoo. It being his first tattoo is even sweeter. We all know how much our parents are anti-tattoos so seeing this happen is extra touching. Julio is framed by the flags of the Commissioner’s Trophy in the tattoo marking what is clearly Carlos’ most proud moment.

The moment marks a culmination of a long journey to athletic stardom.

Julio first pitched for the Dodgers in 2015. The Mexican baseball player was called up to join the famed baseball team. Carlos and the family made a 13-hour road trip from the Mexican state of Sinaloa to Maryvale Park in Phoenix, Ariz. It was after that long trip that Carlos got to see Julio on the field pitching against the Milwaukee Brewers.

It just goes to show you that anything is possible and that, if you work towards your goals, they can come true.

READ: Dodgers Win First World Series Championship Since 1988 And It’s Great To Be An Angeleno

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Nike Signs This 8-Year-Old Soccer Prodigy At Younger Age Than Messi And Neymar

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Nike Signs This 8-Year-Old Soccer Prodigy At Younger Age Than Messi And Neymar

Nike has long been known to scout some of the world’s greatest sports talents, especially when it comes to the world of soccer. It began with Neymar, who signed with the multinational corporation at the age of 13. That trend continued with Real Madrid’s Rodrygo, who, at the tender age of 11, became Nike’s youngest-ever affiliated athlete after dazzling at a youth tournament in New York.

But the bar has been raised once again. This time with an 8-year-old player who considered the next great prospect in Brazilian soccer.

Brazilian football prodigy Kauan Basile has signed with Nike at just 8-years-old.

Kauan Basile is just 8-years-old and he’s already playing for the Santos’ U-9 indoor football team. But now he’s just made history as the youngest player ever to sign a deal with Nike.

“I am very happy with the opportunity to play for Santos, as well as the contract. I like to play football,” Kauan Basile told Gazeta Esportiva

According to reports, the contract with Nike is guaranteed over three years, and there’s an option to extend it for two more. He’s now the youngest player in the world to sign with Nike. Even at the end of his contract, Basile will still be younger than both Messi and another ex-Santos kid, Neymar, in signing his first deal at Nike.

Messi put pen to paper on his first Nike contract aged 15, while Neymar was 13.

The kid is generating tons of buzz worldwide.

Basile’s agents, Mengoni Sports, revealed the news of the Nike deal with a proud post on social media. They wrote: “Today Kauan broke the record of being the youngest player in the WORLD by signing a contract with Nike!”

The post went on to add that “He is pure talent! He has football in the soul, in his heart and in his DNA.”

The sports world has reacted with excitement, especially across Brazil where football plays reach God-like status.

Football runs through Basile’s blood.

Like so many of football’s greats, Basile has the tradition of football in his blood. Both his father and great-grandfather both played professionally. His father Andrezinho was on the roster for Corinthians during his playing days.

And his dad couldn’t be more proud of his son going on to such major success, saying he’s ready for superstardom. He said: “He is a player with an absurd will to win. He has a lot of technical quality.”

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