Colombian ex-star sings for God

«Sin ti no soy nada, Senor, cada dia quiero vivir el la Comunion». These are the main lyrics of the Christian hip-hop album titled “No Temere”, Spanish for I Will Not Fear. As there are many such albums, this is no news. The bizarre thing about this is the singer, librettist and composer: Jackson Martinez.

The Colombian football ex-superstar surprised everyone by trying to focus on religious matters. After a career which started impressively, but turned out to be problematic due to injuries, it’s rare for an athlete to dedicate himself to God. But this is a life decision, made after a lot of thinking.

He revealed he wasn’t so intense in religious matters from the beginning. He started his pro career at Independiente Club de Medellin and attracted interest five seasons later (2009-10), when he was the top goalscorer in the top-tier Categoria Primera A in Colombia, with 18 goals. At the age of 23, he thought that this was the right moment to star playing abroad, as he had contract offers from Argentina and Mexico.

He’s chosen the Mexicacn Chiapas FC, where he scored 33 goals in 64 matches through three seasons. After performing superbly for the Colombian national team too, he made the big step to European football, as he signed for FC Porto. There he had some marvelous seasons, as he scored 67 goals in 90 matches and played in 2014 FIFA World Cup, where Colombia reached the quarter final phase. In 2015 Spanish club Atletico Madrid paid an enormous amount of nearly 38M Euros to sign him.

And then… the decline. He scored only twice in 15 matches for the team, as he faced a lot of injuries and went through two crucial surgeries in in ankle. In 2016 he was transferred to Chinese giant clun Guangzhou Evergrande, but he didn’t make it even in this level. He played only ten matches (with 4 goals) before loaned to minnow Portuguese club Portimonense. This was his last professional club appearance. He scored only once in 24 matches in the 2019-20 season.

As he said, his close relationship with Christian faith begun at a critical moment of his career, when he had two surgeries. He dedicated himself more to writing and he was told that, as he has a nice voice too, he could release an album. He clears up that he has no intention of making money out of this, as everything he earns goes to charity. Thus, this is not a new career, as many think. He thinks he can be useful to other people in a way, other than celebrating his goals.

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