There is a wide range of sports played in Latin America but soccer or football is the most popular sport. Other sports include baseball, hockey, basketball, boxing, tennis, rugby, golf, volleyball, and motorsports among others. Like I said, soccer is the most popular sport and some of the renowned soccer personalities in Latin America include Pele, Diego Maradona, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Lionel Messi, and Neymar among others.
Baseball is also one of the sports to have originated from Latin America and is very popular in Caribbean basin and other Latin America countries. To understand the details of the Latin America Sports, here is a breakdown of each sport.
Latin American countries have been champions in soccer for quite some time and are recognized worldwide for their excellent performance in the field. For instance, Uruguay has won the world cup trophy twice, in 1930 and 1950. Argentina was the 1978 and 1986 world cup champions while Brazil has won the world cup five times, in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, and 2002.
In 1986, Diego Maradona scored what is believed to be the most beautiful goal in the world cup history. Adamer Marques from Brazil scored the most goals in the 1950 world cup and had 32 international goals in 39 appearance. Pele from Brazil was part of the Brazil team that won the first three world cups. Pele has a record 1,282 goals in his football career and up to date it is still unbeaten.
The Sixth Street Bridge in Pittsburgh, USA was renamed to Roberto Clemente Bridge as an honor to the ties of Roberto Clemente from Puerto Rico and played for Pittsburgh Pirates. Roberto Clemente won 12 consecutive Gold Gloves Awards. He also won the MVP award in 1966. Martin Dihigo from Cuba, id=s the only baseball player that was inducted into The Hall of Fame of Cuba, Mexico, and the United States.
Nicolas Massu from Chile was the first man to win double Olympic gold medals in tennis, the year 2004 since 1924 when Vince Richards from New York did it.
In Brazilian Volleyball, the most popular volleyball player is Gilberto Amaury de Godoy popularly known as Giba. Giba is a key member of the Brazilian volleyball team and was award the MVP award in the 2004 Olympic Games, world championships in 2006 as well as the 2006 world league.