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20 Hottest Soccer Players From Latin America Playing In The World Cup

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is taking over Russia and we’re helping you narrow down your choices if you’re stuck on who to root for. Start trading and coming up with your roster thanks to some of the hottest World Cup players that will take the field representing their home countries in Latin America! Ole-ole-ole-o heyyy cuties!


1. Neymar: Brazil

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Neymar is going into the World Cup with the largest social media following and judging from this post on Instagram, we know why. We are praying he stays as #blessed as his back tattoo throughout this tournament and doesn’t get injured like in the 2014 World Cup. We need as much screen time as we can from Brazil’s favorite son.

2. Javier Hernández: Mexico

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Javier Hernández, better known as Chicharito, is one of the players Mexico is hanging its hopes on to make it out of the “fifth game curse.” We’re also holding out hope we can shoot our shot with the striker.

3. Jonathan Dos Santos: Mexico

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We’d like to be a fly on the wall behind 28-year-old midfielder for El Tri and the LA Galaxy. Jonathan Dos Santos’ smoldering gaze has us like ???? ????.

4. Carlos Vela: Mexico

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Our third player we’re featuring from Mexico’s national team member is forward Carlos Vela. We’re ready to be his loyal supporter no matter who takes home the trophy.

5. James Rodriguez: Colombia

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Between James Rodriguez’s million-dollar smile, freckles and salsa moves, it’s hard to not be a fan of Colombia’s national team. We are hoping he scores some goals during the World Cup to have more reason to sway his hips in front of our TV screens.

6. Radamel Falcao: Colombia

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Helping to lead Colombia’s national team along with James is striker Radamel Falcao. We would meet him at midnight in Paris, in Russia or really any place TBH. Just look at those toned arms! 

7. Paulo Dybala: Argentina

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One of the fresh faces on Argentina’s national team is 24-year-old Juventus forward Paulo Dybala. We’re ready to melt away in those baby blues on and off the pitch.

8. Franco Armani: Argentina

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With Argentina’s main goalkeeper Sergio Romero out with an injury, Franco Armani has a chance to come out of the goalie box and straight into our hearts. Standing at a towering  6′ 2″, we could stare at this tall glass of agua all day long.

9. Giorgian De Arrascaeta: Uruguay

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Uruguay doesn’t usually make headlines when it comes to who will make the finals, but now we’re interested in finding out the odds of its national team advancing just so we can see more of 24-year-old Giorgian Daniel De Arrascaeta. Make sure to keep on his speedy skills as an attacking midfielder.

10. José Giménez: Uruguay

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It looks like Uruguay’s central defender José Giménez is a little chilly in this photo. We are up and ready to give him a big ???? hug to keep him warm!

11. Alisson Becker: Brazil

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What do we have to do to get Brazil’s goalkeeper Alisson Becker to dive after us? Should we stand closer to the penalty box? All in favor, raise those hands. ???? ???? ????

12. Patrick Pemberton: Costa Rica

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We know Costa Rica’s goalkeeper Kaylor Navas gets all the glory, but let’s give a shout out to the reserve goalkeeper, Patrick Pemberton. He’s a little shorter than your average goalie, but what he lacks in height, he makes up in muscle. We’ll take it.

13. Bryan Oviedo: Costa Rica

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This Tico has told his fans to relax and not stress after Costa Rica faced two back-to-back defeats. Ok, Oviedo, we see you. Looks like our blood pressure is going down just by staring at that smile.

14. Jaime Penedo: Panama

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Goalkeeper (are you noticing a trend?) Jaime Penedo plays for Panama’s national team and we are memorizing the TV schedule to make sure we don’t miss him blocking those instep kicks. Based on his Insta posts, he likes to eat pasta and fine foods. Pasta, soccer and good looks? Sounds like the true #dreamteam.

15. Roman Torres: Panama

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Can Panamanian defender Roman Torres celebrate like this each time Panama scores a goal at the World Cup? Like, just take a look at those washboard abs! I-C-O-N-I-C.

16. Pedro Gallese: Peru

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Survey says…goalkeepers must be some of the most easy-on-the-eyes position when it comes to soccer. Peru’s Pedro Gallese is a concrete example of that. Look at his physique! Tall, muscular with lean muscle. Where can we sign up to buy a Peruvian national jersey?

17. Yoshimar Yotun: Peru

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This is Peru’s first time heading to the World Cup in 36 years. Will Yotun help his team proceed to be a Cinderella story? Who knows, but one thing we do know is that he sure looks dreamy in this fairytale setting. ????

18. Lucas Biglia: Argentina

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Hey Lucas Biglia, you need to stop biting Argentina’s jersey because this photo is making us bite our lips. ???? ☺️ Will the midfielder help Argentina get to the final? We’ll keep watching until the very end if Biglia has the ball.

19. Philippe Coutinho: Brazil

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Philippe Coutinho is another soccer player on the lengthy list of married World Cup players *but* we can still daydream about playing a little touch soccer with him. Or maybe footsies? Dream until your dreams come true, people!

20. Nicolás Tagliafico: Argentina

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This 25-year-old has been named “the new Javier Zanetti,” but you can just call him your new crush. Why so serious Nicolás? You just probably received hundreds of new stans!

Which soccer player is your favorite on this roster? Let us know in the comments! Please share your World Cup moments using #WorldCup2018 #ShowUsYourColors.

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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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