Maluma, a household name in the Latin American music scene, has not only conquered the world of music but also made his mark in the film and fashion industries. However, before his meteoric rise to stardom, he spent ten years dedicated to a completely different pursuit.
During an interview on Good Morning America, Maluma revealed his past as a soccer player. For a decade, he played for one of Colombia’s most prestigious teams. He said, “After that, I decided to quit because I went to the studio for the first time and recorded my first song. The experience was so exhilarating that I decided to leave soccer behind and carve out my own career in music.”
Fast forward ten years, and Maluma is now a global sensation. “I’m currently on tour in the States and Europe. My new album is already out. There are so many good things happening right now. I feel happy,” he shared.
Maluma’s Soccer Affection
Maluma’s passion for soccer is no secret. He’s a regular spectator of matches and a staunch supporter of his home country. He even featured soccer legend Lionel Messi in one of his music videos. His recent release, “Trofeo,” is a tribute to Messi. The video showcases both of them donning matching Inter Miami jerseys, with Maluma stepping onto the soccer field and holding Messi’s latest trophy. “A tribute to the GOAT,” Maluma captioned the video upon its release.
This year, Maluma also showed his support for the Colombian women’s soccer team, which put up an impressive performance at the World Cup. He posted a picture on Instagram wearing his Colombian jersey and wrote, “Colombia on top. What great pride! I congratulate every woman in the world that plays soccer and does what makes them feel passionate. You’re an example for all. Thank you!”