In Honor of El Clasico: 5 Memorable Soccer Music Moments

Gerard Pique and Shakira attend the 'Festa De Esport Catala 2016 Awards' on Jan. 25, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain.
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Gerard Pique and Shakira attend the 'Festa De Esport Catala 2016 Awards' on Jan. 25, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain.

The much-awaited El Clásico, the match between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, takes place in Miami Saturday night (July 29) at the Hard Rock Stadium.

Yes, it’s all about the beautiful game, but in recent years, the players have been increasingly into music as well.

Here are five memorable moments where players from both teams had a hand in making us listen to some great music.

Real Madrid’s Marcelo and “Mi Gente" 

J Balvin enlisted several of his soccer buddies, including Real Madrid’s Marcelo Vieira, to post videos bobbing along to “Mi gente” prior to the single’s release. Check out Vieira’s beat:

 

Faltan 2 días para MI GENTE !!! @marcelotwelve love u ma g !!!!! Junio 30 / June 30 #MiGente

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Shakira’s Love Letter to FC Barcelona’s Gerard Piqué

Two children later, Shakira and Piqué have had plenty of romantic musical moments. But the ultimate public display of affection is Shaki’s latest single, “Me enamoré” ("I Fell in Love"), and its music video with an appearance by Piqué himself. 

Michel Telo’s “Ai Se Eu Te Pego"

Michel Telo’s catchy 2011 anthem was embraced by soccer players everywhere, contributing in a huge way to the song’s success. But Real Madrid’s Marcelo Vieira and Cristiano Ronaldo were early adaptors whose dance moves where replicated around the world. 

Neymar and… Every Brazilian Dance Hit

FC Barcelona striker Neymar is a big fan of dancing to his native country’s music after scoring, and was key in the success of Gusttavo Lima’s “Balada" -- so much that Lima invited him to perform it with him on his live DVD. 

Neymar, Marcelo and Friends in the Locker Room

No doubt, the guys can dance. 

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