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23 Latino Athletes Ranked By Their Number of Titles And Championships

With how the sports industry has influenced the mainstream in terms of coverage and exposure, different athletes from all over the world have garnered fame and popularity. Americans have long been the ultimate standard for any sports fields, but the rest of the world has caught up with the best of them. Among those international athletes who have achieved great success are the Latino sports personalities. Here are the most successful Latino athletes ranked by their number of titles and championships.

23. Albert Pujols

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Albert Pujols is a Dominican-American first baseman who played for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Angels. Pujols won two World Series titles for the Cardinals in 2006 and 2011.

22. Manny Ramirez

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Manny Ramirez is one of the most influential Boston Red Sox players in history. The Dominican-American outfielder won two World Series championships for Boston in 2004 and 2007. Ramirez is also a nine-time Silver Slugger awardee.

21. Carmelo Anthony

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Had Carmelo Anthony won an NBA championship, he would be one of the top athletes in this list. The NBA trophy may be elusive for him, but his success in the Olympics can’t be ignored. Anthony is already a three-time Olympic gold medalist, a record for USA male basketball players.

20. Miguel Cotto

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One of the most popular fighters coming from a long line of impressive Puerto Rican boxers, Miguel Cotto won six titles across four weight classes. Cotto is a disciplined and all-around boxer who had stellar victories over Carlos Quintana, Yuri Foreman, and Shane Mosley.

19. Marco Antonio Barrera

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Marco Antonio Barrera is a hard-nosed, no-nonsense type of fighter. Nicknamed the ‘Baby-faced Assassin’, Barrera held seven titles across three weight classes. He was one of the best featherweight Mexican fighters during a golden era of boxing that featured fellow countrymen Erik Morales and Juan Manuel Marquez in his weight class.

18. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez

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The 28-year old Canelo Alvarez is hailed as one of the best active boxers today. The Mexican slugger already has ten titles in three weight classes to his name. His impressive wins over Miguel Cotto, Amir Khan, and Shane Mosley catapulted him to the top.  However, Canelo’s controversial win over Gennady Golovkin has people clamoring for a third fight between the two middleweights.

17. Alexis Arguello

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Alexis Arguello was regarded as one of the most unbeatable champions in boxing history as characterized by the fact that he was successful in every title defense fights and only vacated the belts when he moved up a weight class. The Nicaraguan fighter turned politician had eight titles in four weight classes and had an overall record of 77 wins and 8 losses.

16. Roberto Clemente

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Roberto Clemente, a baseball player and philanthropist, won two World Series championships with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Puerto Rican right fielder was an undisputed Gold Glove Award winner for twelve straight years. Clemente died in a plane crash while doing charity work.

15. David Ortiz

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Dubbed as the ‘Big Papi’, Ortiz is the third Boston Red Sox player on this list. The Dominican-American designated hitter won three World Series championships for the city of Boston. Ortiz is a very popular player in the fan base, arguably one of the most well-loved Red Sox players of all-time.

14. Juan Manuel Marquez

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Juan Manuel Marquez could arguably be regarded as one of the toughest fighters of his era, having won nine titles across four weight classes. The Mexican boxer enamored people with his brilliant counterpunching, and a knack for getting better and more resilient when knocked down. Marquez penciled his name among the all-time greats with victories over Manny Pacquiao and Marco Antonio Barrera.

13. Bernie Williams

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Bernie Williams could be heralded as the most successful Puerto Rican baseball player in history. He brought four World Series championships for the New York Yankees and became an accomplished musician after his retirement in 2006.

12. Carlos Monzon

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Carlos Monzon is an accomplished Argentinian boxer who won three titles and held a record of 87 wins and 3 losses. But his most impressive feat is the fact that he defended the middleweight title nine straight times and fourteen overall.

11. Oscar de la Hoya

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Oscar de la Hoya, a Mexican boxer turned promoter, is arguably the most famous boxer in this list. The ‘Golden Boy’ won ten titles across six different weight classes, doing it with his combined charisma, flair, and grit.

10. Reggie Jackson

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Perceived by many as a top-tier hitter when the stakes are high, Reggie Jackson won five World Series titles during his long baseball career. The 14-time All-Star and 2-time World Series MVP has Puerto Rican heritage roots.

9. Manu Ginobili

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The Argentinian shooting guard won four NBA championships with the San Antonio Spurs. Ginobili was also part of the heralded 2004 Argentina team that won the gold medal in the Athens Olympics.

8. Mariano Rivera

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Mariano Rivera of Panama is a widely-accomplished baseball player who played for the New York Yankees. An impressive pitcher and closer during his 19-year career, Rivera won five World Series titles with the Yankees.

7. Joaquin Capilla Perez

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Joaquin Capilla Perez was the most successful Mexican Olympian in history. An accomplished and impressive diver, Capilla won four Olympic medals and four Pan-American Games medals.

6. Roberto Duran

Instagram @obertoduranbox

Behind the charisma and flamboyance, Panama’s Roberto Duran is one of the greatest talents that the boxing industry has ever seen. He won five titles across four different weight classes, and his rivalry with Sugar Ray Leonard is widely-documented. 

5. Lionel Messi

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It’s safe to say that Lionel Messi is the greatest soccer player in the modern era. The streaky and flashy Argentinian striker has already won over 30 titles in his career. Messi is still chasing World Cup success, but he is already a largely-accomplished athlete.

4. Julio Cesar Chavez

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Mexico’s Julio Cesar Chavez sports a record of 107 wins and 6 losses, characterized by titles across three weight classes. He has successfully defended his titles in a record 27 times and went on an 87-win streak during his career.

3. Rafael Nadal

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Rafael Nadal, the current second-ranked tennis player in the world, has won 17 Grand Slam titles in his career. Dubbed as the ‘King of Clay’, he holds the record in the French Open tournament with 11 titles.

2. Diego Maradona

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Diego Maradona, an Argentinian football player turned club manager, is among the greatest in the football industry. Maradona has won two World Cup titles for Argentina, including championships for FC Barcelona. His flashy dribbling and ball control catapulted him to instant fame.

1. Pele

Twitter @Pele

Brazil’s Pele is still the most accomplished Latino athlete of all-time. Hailed as the greatest football player ever, Pele won three World Cup titles for Brazil and has been a major influence for the community ever since.

J Balvin Casually Serves Coffee From A NY Truck And People Have No Idea Who He Is

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J Balvin Casually Serves Coffee From A NY Truck And People Have No Idea Who He Is

There’s no one who loves coffee more than J Balvin. The Colombian trap artist posts videos on Instagram or Instagram Stories just about every morning at 5 a.m. of himself drinking coffee, meditating and thanking the universe for its infinite blessings. This morning, the “Mi Gente” crooner got a chance to share his favorite morning routine with local New Yorkers. 

J Balvin took over a coffee and pastry truck in New York to casually pour cups of cafecito to locals.

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“¡Buenos días, buenos días, buenos días mi gente! Buena vibra para todo el mundo estoy aquí atendiendo con buena vibra a todo el mundo como siempre,” exclaims the colombiano. 

“Estoy feliz, estoy agradecido con la vida. Y empiezo la Gira Arcoíris con el pueblo, con mi gente el 30 de agosto. Allí nos vemos, Arcoíris Tour el 30 en Puerto Rico para mi gente,” he adds reminding his followers that his tour starts at the end of August in Puerto Rico. 

A couple of people stopped by the impromptu Balvin Coffee Truck but seemingly have no idea who he is. 

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A few people stop J Balvin’s truck but given their calm demeanor, probably have no idea that they are being served by the YouTube’s most streamed artist. Back in June 2018 Billboard reported that J Balvin had officially become the most streamed artist on Spotify, knocking Drake from the top spot. Balvin’s single “X” with Nicky Jam was streamed more than 327 million times at the time of the publication. 

“Thank you for your service.”

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“Thank you for your service” is really the only verbal communication that is captured in the Instagram video. It’s still unclear what service J Blavin thanks his customers for, but we’re laughing along with the person recording the video.  

Most people in the comments want to know where they can get a cup of freshly brewed Balvin coffee but others are thanking him for being sanitary. 

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Songwriter and DJ Diplo thanks J Balvin for not serving pastries with bare hands. Although, however, we did notice Balvin’s pink hair was fully exposed and he was not wearing a hairnet. Rookie move, right?

People highlighted that only a humble artist like Balvin would park in the middle of New York to serve coffee. 

So querido Balvin, we thank YOU for your service. 

A Florida Department of Health Clinic Is Forcing Their Puerto Rican Employees Not To Speak Spanish

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A Florida Department of Health Clinic Is Forcing Their Puerto Rican Employees Not To Speak Spanish

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When applying to most local, federal, and government jobs, one of the skills that a majority of employers look for is whether or not the applicant speaks Spanish. Being bilingual in English and Spanish in this country is beneficial to the employer, their customers, and the employee because typically the job is supposed to have a better salary. There are also some places in the country that have large populations of people who speak Spanish and are more comfortable functioning in that language.

There are an estimated 41 million people that speak Spanish in the U.S., or 13 percent of the population, according to Babble. So, speaking Spanish isn’t — at least it should be — a big deal, in fact, it’s quite common. But in Trump America, it’s another story. 

Seven female workers with the Florida Department of Health are coming forward to say they have gotten direct instructions not to speak Spanish in the office. 

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The women say that even though they were hired because of their Spanish-speaking skills, so they could communicate better with their patients, they are now told not to speak the language with one another in the office. 

“We speak in English to the Anglo-Saxons because we are polite, but we speak Spanish with each other because we think in Spanish,” MairylÍ Miranda, a nurse, told El Nuevo DÍa. “But one day they gathered us all together and warned us that if we continued to do so, we would be fired. But there is no law that bans us from speaking Spanish.”

The seven women on the complaint work at a Florida Department of Health clinic in Haines City, and are also all Puerto Rican. 

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Aside from nurses, the employees on the complaint include an administrative assistant and a secretary. The Florida Department of Health has yet to make a public comment about these allegations. They also allege that management has been on them to stop speaking Spanish for quite some time, but it has only gotten worse in the past year. An official harassment report has been filed to the police department, but the women said nothing has yet to be done.

“It feels like you’re a criminal like you’re doing something that is wrong,” Miranda said, according to Bay News 9. “Never in my life did I think I was going to go through a situation like this one.”

Some people may assume that these employees are speaking Spanish in a way that others may think is rude. But they claim they are very professional at work and never speak Spanish around someone that may not understand them.

While these claims aren’t surprising, especially under this tense and traumatic Trump-era racism, it’s reassuring to know that state and local officials are supporting these employees.

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“Haines City is a well-diversified community,” Haines City Mayor Morris West said in a conference, according to the Palm Beach Post. “The facility that’s in question is in Haines City but is not a city of Haines City facility. I stand on behalf of these nurses that’s been [facing] allegations of discrimination against them. Haines City and my staff stand ready to support you nurses from any discrimination.”

Other advocates of these women include Respeta Mi Gente Coalition, which includes Alianza for Progress, Boricua Vota, Hispanic Federation, Misión Boricua, and Organize Florida. U.S. Rep. Darren Soto is also backing these women. 

It’s important to note that the United States does not have an official language.

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For all those people yelling at others, demanding them to speak Spanish, they should know English is not the official language in the U.S

There is nothing in the Constitution that states people in the United States, both citizens or otherwise, have to speak English and English only. Scholars say that the Founding Fathers didn’t include a clause about the English language because immigrants of the 13 colonies spoke other languages, including Dutch, French, and German. Native Americans spoke different languages as well. 

Lawmakers in the past, as recent as 2006, have attempted to make English the official language but thankfully, because of our democracy, the votes have never gone past the House. That doesn’t mean local and government officials haven’t tried to force English on everyone. It’s just part of our assimilation whether we like it or not. 

So the next time someone is yelling racist things such as “stop speaking Spanish” just yell back “English is not the official language of this country. Bye!” 

READ: A Puerto Rican Woman Serving In The Air Force Was Told To Stop Speaking Spanish While At Starbucks

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