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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

Instagram @canelo

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

Instagram @boxingnewsonline

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

Instagram @lavidabaseball

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

Instagram @davidortiz

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

Instagram @jmmarquezof

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

Instagram @berniewilliamsofficial

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

Instagram @boxinglegacy

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

Instagram @oscardelahoya

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

Instagram @mlbfactsandstatspodcast

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

Instagram @manuginobili

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

Instagram @mariano_rivera

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

Twitter @santiagooctavio

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

Instagram @ligadeportivahn

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

Twitter @Jcchavez115

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

Instagram @rafaelnadal

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.

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Christmas is a special time of year. Families have their traditions to mark the festive year and some of those traditions are rooted in culture. Here are some of the ways various countries in Latin America celebrate Christmas.

El Pase Del Niño Viajero – Ecuador

El Pase del Niño Viajero is a pageant that happens in Ecuador that lasts weeks. The parade is meant to represent the journey of Mary and Joseph. The parade highlights the religious importance of Christmas in Ecuador and is most common in the Andean region of the country.

The biggest and most important parade is in Cuenca, a deeply religious city. Citizens near the city have all day to see the parade as it starts in the early morning and runs through the late afternoon. This gives people a lot of time to make it to the city to witness the parade.

La Gritería – Nicaragua

La Gritería comes after La Purisma. La Purisma is celebrated at the end of November and is meant to celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. La Gritería is celebrated in early December and involves literal yelling. Someone would shout “Que causa tanta alegria?” (“What causes so much happiness?”) People respond “La Concepción de María.” (“Mary’s Conception.”)

Las Posadas – Mexico

Mexican posadas are the most recognizable. Posadas take place in Mexico from Dec. 16-24, though this year they are most likely to be virtual. The posada begins with a procession in the neighborhood filled with people singing and sometimes led by two people dressed as Mary and Joseph.

Another part is the posada party. Before guests can enter, there is a song exchange with the people outside playing Joseph looking for shelter. The hosts sing the side of the innkeeper saying there is no room. Eventually, the guests are welcomed into the home to celebrate Christmas.

Aguinaldos – Colombia

Aguinaldos are a series of games played by people in Colombia leading up to Christmas. There are certain games that are common among people in Colombia. One is pajita en boca, which requires holding a straw in your mouth the entire time of a social event. Another is dar y no recibir, which is about getting people to take something you are giving to score a point.

El Quema Del Diablo – Guatemala

El quema del diablo is celebrated in early December and is a way of letting go of the previous year. People burn piñatas and effigies of the devil to let go of all negative feelings and moments from the previous year. If there was every to try a new tradition, this would be the year. Burn an effigy and banish 2020 to the past, where it belongs.

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