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Messi is the best, Canseco the worst, and Johan strikes back

Being Latino Deportes

Happy Friday, boys and girls. Let’s start this unseasonably warm day in March off with this weeks edition of Being Latino Deportes.

Legendary Lionel Impresses Yet Again

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Leading off this week is the impressive performance by Argentinean footballer and forward for FC Barcelona, Lionel Messi. In this week’s Champions League match against Bayer Leverkusen, the 24 year old phenom netted five goals – a record in Champion League play. This latest performance only bolsters a career which already has him known as the ‘best ever’. At such a young age, it would be unsurprising for him to repeat or exceed this kind of performance as FC Barcelona enters the quarterfinals.

You Don’t Mess With the Johan

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Venezuelan lefty and New York Mets ace Johan Santana made huge strides this week in his return from shoulder surgery over a year ago. Donning a Mets uniform for the first time since 2010, Santana posted two scoreless innings, collecting a walk and a hit with a fastball clocked around 90mph. For a team with as little to look forward to (in public opinion) having Santana back atop the rotation will be a rallying point for fans, as he hopes to be ready for the April 5season opener against the Atlanta Braves.

Retirement-bound, and down?
The last few years have not been kind to Jose Canseco. Coupled with his blacklisting from all things major league baseball, the former all-star has made several ill-fated attempts to make it back to the majors. Think “Eastbound and Down”, except not funny. The past few years have found him as a player/manager in the Yuma League, a division of minor league baseball based in the southwest. Most recently, the troubled Canseco has found his attempts to play in the Mexican Baseball league dashed by yet another positive test for performance enhancing drugs.  Truthfully, it’s hard to even feel bad for Jose, and one can only hope that he bows out with what remaining dignity he has left.

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About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

To learn more about Adriana’s education consulting company, please visit

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.

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