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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.