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Shakira and Monotonía: other unforgettable hits that mixed soccer players and musical stars

The name of Gerard Piqué It has not stopped appearing lately on the covers of different media around the world, but not as I would like. In the midst of his adverse sporting present and his little prominence in Barcelona, ​​now the Spanish center-back draws more attention to his private life than to anything else. The ‘Monotony’, in itself, has played a trick on him.

Since his love relationship with Shakira ended after 12 years, what Piqué does off the pitch has become more relevant than ever. Football took a backseat and it’s not like he could do much about it.

Recently, the Colombian singer-songwriter released ‘Monotonía’, her new musical single that in less than a day became a real hit with more than 16 million views on YouTube. It is not for less. The lyrics, the moment, the context, have a lot to do with its fleeting success.

In fact, after the release of this song, Piqué’s name became a trend on social networks. Obviously, the musical theme – about a pitiful breakup – has a special message for him, which has not gone unnoticed.

But this is not the first time that a footballer has been the main character in a song, either explicitly or implicitly. In fact, in the case of Shakira, she has previously released songs that had players in the foreground. ‘Waka Waka’, the official song of South Africa 2010, is a clear example.

Stars like Lionel Messi, Dani Alves, Gerard Piqué himself, Rafa Márquez, among others, appear in the video clip of said hit. The success was complete. Now, in this note we will focus on more examples of this type.


Diego Maradona

Forever a lover of music, Diego Armando Maradona has a song that portrays him as a footballer and that became popular in various parts of the world for what it means: “The hand of God.” The theme written by ‘Potro’ Rodrigo Bueno, and sung by Diego himself on some occasions, prevails today more than ever. But it is not the only hit that had “Fluff” as the protagonist.

In 1986, Diego was encouraged to record a song together with the popular duo ‘Pimpinela’, called “Dear friend”, which he dedicated to his mother, Doña Tota. As expected, the theme was a success and became a classic for Mother’s Day.


The Brazilian soccer legend, who won two World Cups, has not hesitated to get into music, one of his other passions. Pelé recorded the important single ‘Tabelinha’ together with the famous singer Elis Regina in 1969. But that was only the beginning, as he later also joined forces with Sergio Méndez to record an album for his own documentary in 1977.

Among other ‘hits’ in which Pelé was encouraged to do is the theme Esperança properly launched in 2016, about the Olympic Games that were held in Brazil that year. Likewise, in celebration of his 80th birthday, he recorded ‘Acredita No Veio’ together with the Mexicans Rodrigo and Gabriela.

Johan Cruyff

He revolutionized the world of football with an interesting style of play that continues to this day, but he also revolutionized music studies. When he was still an Ajax player, Johan Cruyff recorded two songs that will forever mark his career.

After being invited by a couple of producers, the legend from the Netherlands was encouraged to sing the singles “Oei, Oei, Oei (Dat Was Me Weer Een Loei) and “Alle Stoppen Ineens Naar De Knoppen”, translated into Spanish as ‘ Another Good Shot’ and ‘All Lights Went Out At The Same Time’, two songs that had an interesting repercussion, especially in his nation.

Ruud Gullit

The Dutch legend always showed his passion for music. That was his main way of expressing himself off the field. And so, when he was living his glorious years at AC Milan, he supported the recording of two songs in the ‘Reggae’ genre with the popular band Revelation Time.

The singles “Free Me” and “South Africa” ​​featured Ruud Gullit, who used the melodies to show his social causes, showing his criticism of the apartheid regime in South Africa.

German Burgos

He is, without a doubt, the most successful footballer in the music industry. Germán Burgos, River Plate exporter and Diego Simeone’s former assistant at Atlético de Madrid, launched himself into the world of music, guided by his admiration for the Rolling Stones, and his talent took him quite far.

In fact, ‘Mono’ Burgos formed his own band called ‘The Garb’, previously known as Sympathy, with which he released attractive musical records. “It will be a Rolling Stone” is one of his most remembered hits.

Joseph Manuel Pinto

The former FC Barcelona goalkeeper is now a renowned music producer and composer. ‘Wahin’, as he is popularly known in this industry, has experimented with various genres throughout his career, working on different projects with international artists and important musical groups such as CNCO, Fonseca, Abraham Matteo, among others. Currently, he is more dedicated to urban music.

It should be noted that in 2016, José Manuel Pinto managed to win a Latin Grammy together with Niña Pastori, in the category of Best Flamenco Album, being one of the great people responsible for the recording of the successful album.

Sergio Ramos

The PSG defender, who left a huge mark on the history of Real Madrid and the Spanish national team, ventured into the musical world in 2016. Regarding that year’s European Championship in France, the Andalusian defender sang the song “La Roja baila” together with the singer Niña Pastori in the form of an anthem for her country in the contest.

Likewise, in 2018, Sergio Ramos also participated in the recording of the single “Another star in your heart” with Demarco Flamenco, a song that was made to encourage ‘La Roja’ in the World Cup in Russia. That same year, the Spanish defender dared to release a solo song called ‘SR4 ′, a rap inspired by his life, written by himself.


The Brazilian star has always been characterized as a happy, outgoing, friendly person and, of course, a dancer. In fact, on the courts he has already demonstrated his skills as a dancer several times and on musical stages as well.

Years ago, before making the leap to Europe, Neymar dared to sing with Michel Telo, a Brazilian composer, with whom he popularized ‘Ai se eu te pego’ in various corners of the world. Even today, this song is still danced to the same rhythm as the footballer.


The happiness of football is also the happiness of music. Ronaldinho, world champion with the ‘Scratch’ in 2022, has been encouraged to collaborate with different musical themes with various Brazilian artists, who have had a great reach on platforms such as YouTube or Spotify.

Let’s drink (2015), Eu sou do mundo, um victor (2016) and Professor Da Malandragem (2017), Se organized directly (2022) are some of the musical ‘hits’ in Brazil that had Ronaldinho as the main protagonist, exhibiting her talents as a singer.

Sergio Aguero

‘Kun’ was just a kid when he composed and sang his first song. He was no more than 20 years old and the Argentine decided to join the cumbia group “Los Leales” to delight locals and strangers with his voice. The song, which precisely bears his name, has become quite popular in recent years for what the former striker symbolizes today with his charisma.

But that is not the only time that Agüero was a protagonist in the music industry. Three years ago, the Argentine was the main image of the video clip of the song “22 ″ by TINI and Greeicy, in which he appears dancing animatedly inside a nightclub.

Carlos Tevez

Carlos Tévez’s brother, Diego, belongs to the popular Argentine cumbia group Piola Vago. That is why ‘Apache’ has a very close relationship with that musical group. He has already released many songs with them and has even been encouraged to go on stage on several occasions. Songs like ‘Pibe de Oro’ and ‘Apache’ were composed in his name.

James Rodriguez

The popular Gianluca Vacchi and the great composer Sebastián Yatra came together to create the song “Love” with a special video clip that has James Rodríguez with the spotlight on him. In the audiovisual material, other Colombian cracks also appear, such as Radamel Falcao and Yerry Mina.

Diego Forlan and Maxi Rodriguez

The Uruguayan and the Argentine coincided for a few years at Atlético de Madrid and during that ‘mattress’ stage, in addition to sharing moments in the locker room, they also did so outside of it, marking a presence for a few seconds in nothing less than the video clip of the song ” I will never have” by renowned singer-songwriter Coti.

Daniel Alves

The most successful footballer in world football has repeatedly demonstrated his passion for music. In his social networks, Dani Alves has already boasted about his talents with the guitar and some percussion instruments. But that is not all. The Brazilian has also been encouraged to record songs. The best known is “Suave”, a song on which he collaborated with none other than José Manuel Pinto and Thiago Matheus.

Jesse Rodriguez

Currently, the former Real Madrid soccer player is recognized more for what he does off the field than on it. Under the pseudonym “Jey M”, Jesé Rodríguez has made an important path in the music industry, releasing several attractive songs in the urban genre. He has even collaborated with renowned artists in that world such as Alexis y Fido, De La Ghetto and Carlitos Rossy on the song “Yo Sabe”, which has more than 30 million views on YouTube.

Source: Elcomercio

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