...continuing the Brazil week...
He was once known as the world’s best footballer, but you don’t see his name in the headlines as much.
He was the star of the Barcelona team a season back but is now it seems he’s in semi-retirement with the fellow veterans (and soon to be joined again by Beckham) at AC Milan.
Two years ago I found this musical news item which reported on the release of a CD in Brazil in relation to him and the 2006 World Cup. From the article:
“In Brazil, soccer and samba go together like love and marriage. And as World Cup fever grips the country, dedicated fans have plenty of choices of music for their game-day parties.
Record labels have issued a clutch of soccer-themed discs. Even star player Ronaldinho gets to show his singing skills….
… Also on the Universal label is “Samba Goal,” which boasts a selection of Ronaldinho’s favorite songs including one track he sings himself along with the group SambaTri.
The song, “Goleador” (Superscorer) speaks of his love for the sport. “I belong to the rhythm, either in the samba or in the game, I let my feet do the talking,” Ronaldinho croons.
» SambaTri & Ronaldinho – Goleador
» More samba beats from Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean and a remixed version of one of her songs, again for the 2006 World Cup. You’ll hear from the very beginning of the song that Shakira can belt it out when she wants. Powerful voice.
» Shakira – Hips Don’t Lie (World Cup Mix)
Sample lyrics: I’m a student of Pele, call me Pele player. /Eleven on the field with the heart of a gladiator…. Imma play till my knees grow low…
Everybody in the FIFA in the final state go / And my football jersey says Maradonna /And the crowd chants, sounds like spirits from Africa…