Although they are known for their achievements as athletes, this has not stopped them from showing their talent in music, literature, acting and painting
Many people are born with the ability to develop in various areas. Some athletes, for example, have not only excelled in the sport in which they compete, they have also excelled in other professions, such as business, television, film, music and even politics. Here is a list of Latin American athletes with great talents unknown by many.
1. Juan Fernando Quintero
The soccer player of River Plate had an outstanding participation in the World Cup of Russia 2018. His score goal against Japan was chosen the second best of the tournament, according to the FIFA. However, his musical talent is little known by many. The Colombian soccer player is a friend of Colombian singer Maluma since his youth, so his interest in music is not new. According to El País of Colombia, Quintero has recorded at least two tracks: No te enamores with Lui-G 21 Plus and Cibernauta with Landa Freak and Element Black.
2. Dani Alves
The injury that left him out of Russia 2018 did not keep him idle. According to Marca, Alves created a song called Suave with the former Spanish goalkeeper José Manuel Pinto and the Brazilian singer Thiago Matheus. The song was released during the last World Cup to be the summer hit.
3. Sergio Martínez
Corazón de Rey is the title of the book of former Argentine boxer Sergio "Maravilla" Martínez. This is a work that narrates his life, his personal struggle and his relationship with money in the world of boxing. According to El Clarín, the book was published by Editorial Planeta.
4. Juan Manuel Márquez
In Yo sí le gané a Pacquiao, the former Mexican boxer portrays the impact of his fight with Manny Pacquiao in his career, as well as the decisions he made throughout it to achieve his goals. "This book is about how I worked to improve in different aspects such as character, value and desire to get what you want." This is what Márquez explained, according to The Huffington Post.
"If I beat Pacquiao" pic.twitter.com/LhF5Vv05
- Aldo Márquez (@ almarquez10) August 18, 2012
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5. Lorena Ochoa
The former Mexican golfer is the author of Soñar en grande, a book in which she narrates the difficulties and joys of life and golf. "I had fears, many complications, however I was very clear about my goal of being the best in the world and I did not surrendered," Ochoa told CNN.
6. Byron Mina
This Ecuadorian soccer player also stands out for his talent as a painter. His childhood concern became a reality thanks to the club Emelec in which he played, which paid him the career as an artist. Now his paintings are worth between 500 and 1200 dollars, according to Últimas Noticias. "I want to leave a mark transformed into paintings, I want my art to be recognized and someone to see my work and say that it is a Mina", he said to the same media.
- Ponte 11 (@ ponte11_ec) August 29, 2017
7. Daniel Baldi
The former soccer player of Peñarol of Uruguay and Cruz Azul of Mexico has become a successful children's writer, with 16 books on his resume, of which 14 are dedicated to soccer. His passion for literature began at a very young age and he combined it with sports, he told the newspaper Ovación of Uruguay. His biggest success is Mi Mundial, a book that tells the story of a young soccer player that seems to have solved his life, when the reality is different. The story was taken to the big screen in 2017, in co-production between Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. The film even came to the Cannes Film Festival in France.
8. Emanuel Ginóbili
After his successful career in the NBA, the Argentine has begun a new stage as an actor. The newspaper El Tribuno of Argentina reported on the participation of the basketball star in a film with Denzel Washington: The Equalizer 2, sequel of the homonymous film that was launched in 2014. According to the same media, the basketball player said when referring to the film: "I am a high-level assassin paid by the Government". Its premiere in the region is scheduled for mid-August.
LatinAmerican Post | Luis Angel Hernández Liborio
Translated from "¡Desde escritores hasta cantantes! 8 deportistas latinoamericanos que se destacan en otros oficios"