Jose Manuel Pinto was a key member of the popular tiki taka Barca side who won everything in world football.
The Spanish goalkeeper served as No 2 at Barcelona to Victor Valdes from 2007 to 2014, winning nine major trophies under Pep Guardiola including the famous treble in 2009.
A combination of the game time the ‘swagger’ goalkeeper might have had in his entire Camp Nou stay but Pinto has been described as the ‘heart and soul’ of that dominant team.
A popular Pinto in the Barca dressing room took upon himself to entertain his teammates during his time with the Camp Nou giants.
Spanish newspaper Marca even reported that Pinto is best friends to Messi.
His energetic, charismatic personality made him one of the jokers in the dressing room, capable of raising spirits and diffusing tension.
His final game, against Atletico Madrid in 2014, saw him become the oldest player to play for Barcelona in La Liga at 38 years, six months and nine days.
And after four years since his retirement from football, he is making waves in the music business.
The 42-year-old had first founded his own record label in 2000, Wahin Makinacioes, but did not release any music himself until six years later.
The fulltime music producer Pinto used some of his career earnings to build himself a music studio in the small town of El Puerto de Santa Maria in south-west Spain.
Going by the moniker ‘Wahin’, Pinto has had two of his songs featured on the soundtracks of Hollywood blockbusters.
‘Papi Papi’ was on the soundtrack of Ride Along 2 – a comedy film with Ice Cube and Kevin Hart which made $125million at the box office.
In 2017, La Habana was featured in a key scene of The Fate of the Furious.
The action movie starring Vin Diesel, The Rock and Jason Statham, made more than $1billion worldwide.
Pinto’s track gained mass appeal off the back of the film, reaching the top 10 of the Billboard charts and selling throughout Latin America.
Pinto, who has a degree in sound engineering and a masters in musical production, said his team-mates always knew he would go into music after his career finished.
Speaking to Billboard magazine last year, Pinto said: “All of the guys knew what I was going to do.
“They saw me studying my sound engineering books on the plane when we travelled.
“A lot of people know me as a football player, but I was composing songs when I was 14.
“I’ve always liked music and I’ve always liked sports.
“Music always helped me be a better athlete.
“Even when you’re playing in the first division, you have bad days.
“Music has always been an escape valve for me.”
Pinto has since produced the music for a documentary on the famous Barcelona team – called Take the Ball Pass the Ball – and continues to work on his own projects.
He is a frequent flyer to the US, where he works with numerous artists in the worlds of Latin American music and hip hop.
Pinto admits he doesn’t watch much football anymore.
He added: “I don’t have time to stop and watch a match.
“I’m 100 percent focused on music now… I want to put everything I have to realise my dream to make music – I want to enjoy it the way I enjoyed football.”
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