Former Porto And Atletico Madrid Striker Jackson Martinez Is Now A Christian Hip-Hop Artist
Once a highly prolific striker with FC Porto, Jackson Martinez has now embarked on a very different career.
Before any Arsenal fans engage in another Twitter debate about how old he is, the former Colombia international is now 34 years of age and without a club.
He had signed a two-year contract with Portimonense in January but continued to suffer persistent ankle injuries and departed in August this year.
Martinez stated he wished to return to his first professional club Independiente Medellin at this stage of his career.
He has returned home, but he has now seemingly called time on his ventures on the pitch and instead spends his time in the booth as a Christian rap artist.
It's a passion he's been pursuing for a couple of years now as in September 2018, he released a seven-track album called No Temeré - which means 'I Will Not Fear'.
His focus is fully on his musical exploits these days, though - and last week he dropped the official video to his latest track 'Escucha'.
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It's a dramatic change of career for a player who scored a ridiculous 94 goals in three seasons for Porto and then secured a €35 million to Atletico Madrid.
He played just 15 games for Diego Simeone's side, however and became one of many big names to make a lucrative switch to the Chinese Super League when he joined Guangzhou Evergrande in 2016.
His Porto form was undoubtedly his peak though because Martinez struck just four times in 16 appearances - ankle injuries sidelining him for the 2017 and 2018 seasons before his contract was eventually terminated.
It's been a sad decline for Martinez but he seems to have found something he truly enjoys. In fact, the injury hell is what prompted him to start making music.
He told Vamos: "At a critical moment in my career, when I had two surgeries, that caused me to be off the pitch for two years without competing and in that time I dedicated myself a little more to writing and made the decision to release an album."
We look forward to his new EP 'I was 28 until I was 29' in due course.
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