These days, before and after every footie match, we find ourselves trying to decide the winner of another competition: in the battle of JLo+Pitbull vs. Shakira, who wins our vote for best World Cup anthem?
Four years ago, Shakira came, sang and conquered with ‘Waka Waka.’ JLo and pint-sized powerhouse Pitbull just couldn’t compare at this year’s opening ceremony, partly because the live show was riddled with technical difficulties. But in a face-off between tongue-twisters ‘Ole Ola’ and ‘La La La (Brazil 2014),’ which war cry has found the most supporters?
This one statistic says it all: “In the five days since its release, Shakira’s ‘La La La’ has had as many YouTube hits as the official anthem (‘Ole Ola’) has managed in almost two weeks.” It’s no wonder then that super-sexy Shakira has been signed on to perform at the World Cup closing ceremony in Rio de Janeiro on July 13, ahead of the final game in the prestigious soccer tournament. The singer, who has a son with footie star Gerard Pique, is “thrilled” by the request. “I have an intricate relationship with football for obvious reasons, and I truly understand what the World Cup means to so many people, myself included,” reads Shakira’s recently-released press statement.
For the 37-year-old beauty, this is a third consecutive appearance at a World Cup closing ceremony, having performed in South Africa in 2010 and in Germany in 2006. While the debate may rage on, we’re handing this round to Shakira. Third time’s a charm!
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