Jose Manuel Pinto, the former Barcelona star goalkeeper who once stood tall between the goalposts for one of the most prestigious football squads in the world, is now training students with his Zumba lessons.
A key player in 2009 for the Barcelona squad that achieved the treble under the guidance of Pep Guardiola, Pinto’s football career was nothing short of impressive, boasting an array of domestic and international trophies.
During his time at Barcelona, the Spaniard won numerous titles, securing four La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey trophies, and four Super Cups. Additionally, he tasted glory on the European stage with two UEFA Champions League triumphs, along with victories in the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup, crowning his football career with immense success.
As his football journey came to an end, Jose Manuel Pinto decided to explore another of his passions – music.
Having already established his own record label, Wahin Makinacioes, in 2000, Pinto used part of his earnings from his football career to build a music studio in his hometown of El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain. This marked the beginning of his successful music career under the stage name ‘Wahin.’
His music soon found its way into Hollywood, with his track ‘Papi Papi’ featuring in the soundtrack of the comedy blockbuster “Ride Along 2,” starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube.
He provided music for a documentary about the rise of the Barcelona team called “Take The Ball Pass The Ball”, Another one of his hits, ‘La Habana,’ was prominently featured in the globally successful movie “The Fate of the Furious,” part of the Fast and Furious franchise, reaching the top 10 of the Billboard charts and gaining popularity throughout Latin America.
The former football star discovered another aspect of his passion for music – dance. He embraced the art of Zumba and found a new calling as a Zumba teacher.
At his P13fit gym, Pinto now directs Zumba classes, where he shares his enthusiasm for rhythm and dance with enthusiastic and well-choreographed students.
With over a million followers on Instagram, Pinto’s enduring popularity and genuine connection with his audience reflect the authenticity of his dedication to Zumba classes, which keeps him determined to lead a fit life along with his passion to help students.
His appearance, with incredibly long hair and a thin-lined beard during his time at Barcelona, evolved into dreadlocks as Wahin entered the music industry.
However, Zumba seems to work wonders, as he now looks fitter than ever, sporting a lean physique and shorter hair.
This shorter hair is quite different from what fans were used to see. However, the short hair suits him well and makes him appear incredibly young in his latest music video.
Even a decade after leaving the football world, Pinto’s fervor for music remains as strong as ever. Recently, he released a music video called ‘TUKAPUM’ on his YouTube channel, garnering over 6,11,858 views in just 12 days.