The UEFA Champions League final arrives this Saturday and much of the world will stop to watch European Club superpowers FC Barcelona and Juventus FC battle it out over 90 minutes (or more!!) for the glory of being crowned the best club in Europe. Undoubtedly, many people’s eyes will be on Lionel Messi in the hopes of seeing him replicate the magic he created against Athletic Bilbao this past weekend.
While Messi’s work on the field is beyond that of us mere mortals, he is as flesh and bone as the rest of us. Like the rest of us, he loves him some music. Search for the playlist “Los Favoritos De Messi” on Spotify and you too can listen to some of his favorite songs. Our dude likes a lot of mellow slow jams as it turns out. Juanes? Sergio Torres? We can do better! We chose five “Messi-anic” tracks to improve the playlist. Check ’em out!
P.S. Lionel Messi leads Argentina in the 2015 Copa America.
"Super Campeones" Theme Song
Super Campeones is the Spanish language dub of a Japanese cartoon about fútbol. The main character rocks the number 10 jersey, just like Messi, plays with “an estilo sensaciónal,” just like Messi, and actually kinda looks a young anime version of Messi.
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass' "Spanish Flea"
The Argentine plays in Spain and is nicknamed La Pulga (The Flea). Boom. Roasted.
Los Fabulosos Cadillacs' "La Marcha Del Golazo Solitario"
There’s no doubt Messi is a team player. However, some of his best goals are solo affairs, like that time he channeled the spirit of Maradona in ’86 and juked all his opponents with a run from midfield. Puro Argentina up in here.
Manu Chao's "La Vida Tombola"
Speaking of Maradona, how about this wonderful tribute to the living, always controversial, legend by Manu Chao? I mean, everyone wants to compare the two all the time as it is already…#LeaveMessiAlone
Here’s a slow jam for the athlete who likes slow jams with the obvious nod song title to scoring!
Bonus: "La Cadera de Boateng"
Say no more.