Shakira Releases Official Video for the World Cup Anthem “La La La (Brazil 2014)”

Shakira is having a World (Cup) of fun in her latest music video…

The 37-year-old Colombian superstar has released the official music video for “La La La (Brazil 2014)“, her new 2014 FIFA World Cup anthem.

Shakira

In the video, Shakira shows off her energetic dance moves in a black floor-length dress while a bunch of people play soccer.

To help her get the world moving, Shakira recruited some big names in soccer, including her boyfriend Gerard Pique, to make cameo appearances.

The “Hips Don’t Lie” singer’s beau flashes a big grin in the clip, happily singing a little part of the song alongside his Futbol Club Barcelona teammates including Cesc Fabregas, Lionel Messi and Neymar.

But Shakira’s son with Pique, Milan, steals the show with his apperance.

“La La La (Brazil 2014)”, featuring Brazilian musician Carlinhos Brown, is a World Cup-themed rework of her track called “Dare (La La La)” which appears in her recently released self-titled album Shakira.

Shakira partnered with Activia for the new version, saying, “With ‘La La La (Brazil 2014)’ we want to make a small contribution so that everybody knows about the outstanding work the World Food Programme is doing to fight hunger.”

Shakira previously recorded “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa),” the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Messi Earns Third Consecutive Golden Boot Award…

Lionel Messi is getting the boot yet again…

The 26-year-old Argentine soccer star, currently sidelined by persistent thigh muscle issues, has picked up his third European Golden Boot award.

Lionel Messi

Messi, who hopes to return for Barcelona’s first game of 2014, was presented with the award by former Blaugrana striker — and 1990 Golden Boot winner — Hristo Stoichkov at a ceremony in central Barcelona on Wednesday.

Asked by reporters at the event if he might be back to play at home on January 5 — Barca’s first game after the winter break — Messi said: “I hope so.

“The truth is I have not put a date on the return. If all goes well it will be that date, but we will see what happens. I will be back when it is supposed to happen.”

Messi, who will spend part of his recovery back at home in Argentina, said nobody wanted to rush things as the most important thing was to put an end to a frustrating last six months, during which he has suffered five similar thigh and hamstring problems.

“My objective is to return in good shape, to strengthen the body so that, God willing, I can play without injuries,” he said. “I am improving bit by bit — it does not hurt any more. I am starting to do things.”

Messi scored 46 goals in the 2012-13 season to take the European Golden Boot, which he also claimed in 2009-10, when he scored 34 goals, and in 2011-12, when he scored 50 goals.

He dedicated his latest personal trophy to teammates including Xavi Hernandez, Jordi Alba, Adriano, Gerard Pique, Cesc Fabregas, Carles Puyol, Gerard Pique and Jose Pinto, who were all present at the ceremony.

“It was a lot of goals, and I would not have scored them without my teammates,” he said. “Without them I would not have won this Golden Boot, nor the others. I appreciate them being here.”

Messi did not speak about the controversy surrounding the extension of this year’s Ballon d’Or voting, which some have suggested will favor Cristiano Ronaldo’s chances of winning the award.

Barca president Sandro Rosell, though, was on hand to push his club’s player’s chances.

“If people vote on what they have seen on the pitch this year, and do not put on political or media pressure, then Messi should win,” Rosell said in Mundo Deportivo. “I would vote first for Leo, second for Leo and third for Leo. Fourth, fifth and sixth would be Xavi, [Andres] Iniesta and [Sergio] Busquets.”

Fàbregas Has No Plans to Leave Futbol Club Barcelona

FrancescCescFàbregas isn’t planning to go anywhere…

The 26-year-old Spanish footballer has confirmed that his plan has always been to remain with Futbol Club Barcelona, ending speculation about a possible move.

Francesc "Cesc" Fàbregas

“I’ve never thought about leaving, I haven’t doubted for a single moment,” said the midfielder during a press conference in Malaysia, the latest stop on Barça’s pre-season tour.

Reigning Premier League champions Manchester United have approached Barcelona twice in recent weeks with offers for Fàbregas, who signed with London club Arsenal in 2003 and became one of the top players in England before a transfer to FC Barcelona in 2011.

“It cost me a lot to return (to Spain). I’m happy in Barcelona and my dream is to triumph with Barça. No one will change this,” he said Thursday, denying that he’d talked to anyone at Man United.

“When such an important team makes two offers, it flatters you, but at no time did I speak with anyone from United,” said Fàbregas.

Soccer Star Xavi Weds Fiancee Nuria Cunillera

Xavi Hernandez is officially off the market…

The 33-year-old Spanish soccer star, a midfielder for Futbol Club Barcelona, has married his fiancée Nuria Cunillera.

Xavi Hernandez

The couple tied the knot in a ceremony at the Marimurtra Botanical Garden in the Spanish city of Blanes on Saturday night before some 180 invited guests, including most of the soccer team.

Following the ceremony, Hernandez and his new wife held the reception at the neighboring building “El Convent,” a 16th century structure.

The Barça star’s nuptials attracted about 100 curious members of the public who cheered Hernandez when he arrived at the botanical garden, which offers several magnificent views of the Costa Brava.

Among the guests at the ceremony were Barça midfielder Sergio Busquets, former players Santi Ezquerro, Oleguer Presas, Gabri Garcia and Albert Jorquera, as well as former Athletic Bilbao player Joseba Etxeberria.

The last guests to arrive, accompanied by their spouses or girlfriends, were Cesc Fabregas, Leo Messi, Javier Mascherano, Pedro Rodriguez, Jordi Alba and Andres Iniesta, who all showed up together in one vehicle and sparked a frenzy among fans who were waiting at the door.

Cunillera was the last to arrive riding in an antique Bentley.

The newly married couple are said to be planning a honeymoon in the Seychelles this summer.