August 3rd, 2011

Splish, Splash: Barcelona ‘Ballers Frolick With Dolphins

David Villa kisses a dolphin in Miami

Image via David Villa’s Facebook.

On their pre-season jaunt across the USA, FC Barcelona’s marketing department has been hard at work whoring out the ballers for a variety of causes and events. They’ve been busy curing diseases, reliving the glory days in celebrity matches and keeping kids active and out of trouble. While that’s all fine and dandy, we can¬†definitely say their latest stunt (Xavi, Victor Valdes, Sergio Busquets, Pedro Rodriguez and David Villa playing with dolphins in Miami)¬†is a Kickette HQ favourite.

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Let’s talk about everything that is *so right* about this experience, shall we?

1. Ballers being filmed from behind while wearing snug wetsuits (0:14)

2. Valdes gliding across the water with a dolphin like a hot, yummy Poseiden (0:29)

3. Daveed Villa being adorable and kissing the dolphin twice (1:52)

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87 Responses to “Splish, Splash: Barcelona ‘Ballers Frolick With Dolphins”

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  2. Ash Menon says:

    Head is currently blocked by images of The Ramos being oh-so-nekkid and riding two dolphins towards my direction before using his broken English to ask me if I want "splishy-splashy".

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  4. linvinnaar says:

    How many wants to be a dolphin now? I sure do!

  5. MnMn says:

    lucky dolphin ,this is explain why BARCA is the best even animals love to be kissed by them.

  6. Agnes Wonka says:

    they're the perfect team to do this activity…they're good at "diving"!
    LOL…idk why I didn't post this before

    • FootyFanUSA says:

      You must be a real madrid fan. You’re probably scared that CR7′s title of best diver in the
      World in in jeopardy no? But not to worry it will take a lifetime
      To surpass him in this skill that he perfected.
      And if not you could always cook up some conspiracy theory
      Involving the united nation’s children foundation, I hear
      They are not really about improving children’s lives but rather
      Fixing football games.

  7. Agnes Wonka says:

    David Villa is the only reason i want to be a dolphin!

    why is this team always doing things to call the attention? I mean it's ok if they do it, but at least don't play humble, just admit you want to be mediatic like the RM team.

    • Lotte says:

      Well it is only the fans of other teams that seem to think that Barca players are self-proclaimed saints. You seem to like it that way in order to have something to bitch about when Barca wins it all. I will leave you alone in your little fantasy world. In the real world, Barca is composed of amazing football players that play fantastic football. That's what it's all about.

      • Zahara says:

        yess! u go girl!

      • Agnes Wonka says:

        you are the one living in a fantasy world!
        In real world, Barça is composed of very good, but cheating players, who dive and pretend the most stupid fouls!…and some of them are mediatic twats like Piqué!

        sorry to punch your bubble

        • FootyFanUSA says:

          Dude two words: Jose Mourinho…..nuff said

        • Lotte says:

          You keep telling yourself that if it makes you feel better, hun. I'm gonna watch myself some football and forget about all those bitter people out there.

          • Agnes Wonka says:

            ok…go and do that. They'll teach you well how to fake….

            I'm cool about this, most people agree with me

            • F-all says:

              your interest in football is scarce, I see… Barcelona are the most mediatic team nowadays because they win and, most of all, because they play it beautiful. They've been a role model for what many managers and football players would like to do (in their own words) for some years now. Maybe you should watch more games so you could understand something, sweetie.

  8. Agnes Wonka says:

    I think you're free to give your opinion.
    I disagree that they are talentless but I agree that they want to call the attention.

  9. hellyeah says:

    fav animal + fav team = happyness :D
    can I be the dolphin villa kissed >.< ?

  10. Sally says:

    i wish i were a dolphin right about now….

  11. BlackRose says:

    Dear Kickette: Valdés needs more posts devoted to his naughty, so-very-masculine persona. Just so that you know!

  12. mina says:

    I loved how Victor kissed the dolphin and then looked right back at it while hes still holding his snout :p
    ahhhhh lucky dolphins!!!!! I wish i was that dolphin!

  13. Love Sergi says:

    wow get off the site…like NOW?!

  14. Lotte says:


  15. Gladys says:

    That dolphin almost seemed to swoon after Daveed's kiss. It must be a female.;) (There's also a hilarious AS cover photo that looks like Xavi is tango-ing with his dolphin. )

    • Gigi says:

      “I hope it was a girl,” said FC Barcelona goalkeeper Víctor Valdés after kissing one of three dolphins on the mouth at the Miami Seaquarium on Tuesday afternoon.
      Well, it wasn’t. Valdés kissed one of three male dolphins — Ripley, Echo and Croix — that participated in the event…

  16. xbabyshakesx says:

    awwww villa looks soo cute!

  17. CAPoet says:


  18. Erika P says:

    This sounds really perv-ish but victor valdes seems like a great kisser :)

  19. Maria says:

    they are just freaking adorable!!! :) I don't know who I envy more though .. the dolphines … or the guys cause I always wanted to do that ….

  20. Stefania says:

    Villa kissing the dolphin is the cutest thing I have ever seen :) He is so handsome and an amazing footballer too!!!

    • villa7 says:

      I could also see Villa with his daughters and showing them the dolphins and how to pet them and kiss it :) . I think that would be the only more adorable than this shot of Villa with the dolphin.

  21. lauren says:

    Oh my goodness… Victor Valdes…. dolphins are so lucky!

  22. Zahara says:

    aww i love my barca boys, and to me there is little hotter than seeing a bunch of gorgeous men treating animals so kindly!

    ooh that daveed pic of him kissing the dolphin is my new screensaverr!
    thanks kickette!
    made my day!

  23. Einah says:

    Never thought I’d hate a dolphin this much. LOL :)

  24. Sofia_x says:

    Now, who else wishes she were the dolphin at 0:29, 1:35, 1:47 AND 1:58? xp

    And I don't like busquets very much, but damn he has a fine ass. :)

  25. Julie says:

    I see where Barca players learn their diving techniques ;) haha sorry i had too! it was too easy :)

    Valdes is looking quite delish!!

    • Kristine says:

      A million thumbs up! This would be so much cuter if the RM boys were in it.

      • Por Dior says:

        kristine so true ,karim , Higuain and specially marcelo plus a dolphin, cuteness overload , but seeing xavi on the video makes my day every time , don´t care for the rest .

        • Sarah, Madrid says:

          Mareclo and dolphin awwwwwwww now I can't take this image from my head, over-dose of cuteness and happiness!, please we need this ASAP with ozil Bambi eyes, iker Ramos, Benz, oh I won't forget the castilla cute baby face nacho, who I am pretty sure I won't see more of him during the season :(

          • Love Sergi says:

            I wish this was Real instead, but I do like David Villa and Xavi. Funny you mention Nacho, I've met him last summer when they were in LA.

      • Tina says:

        Oh no, I don't think so. Perhaps if it was Iker and Özil. Ok, Sergio and Karim also. The rest of them is kind of average. It's like Barca actually. They have some cuties, like Valdes, Xavi and Pique. Bojan went but Affelay came. I think they are equal on the looks-front.

        • Kristine says:

          Real Madrid is filled with the cuties! Iker, Ramos, Arbeloa, Cris, Albiol, Varane, Sami..Marcelo!
          And I just think that RM is a cuter team overall. They seem like a lot more fun. Barca has too many asshats.

          • Tina says:

            I agree with you on Iker and Ramos, but I still think the rest is, well, pretty average. Like the case is with most teams. By average I don't mean ugly :) . So I really can't agree with all those saying that RM is the most good looking team.

            • Sarah, Madrid says:

              Xabi,There is Alvaro ( who has a hot body and he is so handsome), kaka..etc, some guy friends of mine pretty much called us " the modeling club" because of how good looking our players are. Perez needs players who can market well who else would say no to Ronaldinho back when we got beck to sell shirts! ( I have nothing against Beck as a player), but he was a part of marketing plan used for our club as brand esp in Asia.

              • Tina says:

                Xabi has his angles, but I'd say Eric Abidal equals him. Kaka, I'm sorry, but he is so boring. He looks a bit like a friend of my brother. Villa has much more charisma. I stand by my assumption that the two clubs are equal when it comes to looks, my friends :) . And I'm sure that there are many clubs out there that rivals RM.

                • Lotte says:

                  And don't forget Thiago, Tina. I agree with your assumption:).

                • Sarah, Madrid says:

                  I personally only like villa from Barcelona and yes Xavi that's it ( sadly I do as a madridista :( ) Abidal sorry is not at the same level of Alonso, I might say he is at as the level of Ricky but not Alonso.
                  at rest of the clubs Milan veterans only compete with us, again in my opinion.

                • Love Sergi says:

                  I'm sorry to disagree, but there is no comparison looks wise between REAL and Barca. I mean are you kidding? Barca has Pique, Afellay, and Valdes as great looking, everyone else is AVERAGE or not even attractive at all. REAL has Sergio, Cristiano, Iker, Xabi, Arbeloa, Albiol, Kaka, Higuain, Benzema, Leon, Marcelo, Khedira, Canales…the list goes on. I mean even the babies are cute, Alvaro Morata. Yes we are all entitled to our own opinion, I'm just voicing mine.

          • xoWinnie says:

            some of the Barca boys seem fun!
            i would love to party with Pique for instance.

            i'm pretty sure i'd have a rage blackout if i was ever in the presence of Xavi though.

      • xoWinnie says:

        this would be so much hotter if the Ramos was present…

        • Sarah, Madrid says:

          Anything will be hotter if Ramos is present, I hope you are keeping a close eyes on realmadrid pre-season so far, the new shirts design is the best, it is so transparent, it is unbelievable and god bless the officials for picking the hottest area with high humidity for our boys to play in! I hope kickette is featuring it pretty soon.
          Thank you addidas.

    • Lotte says:

      lol, well they have to keep up with the RM players. They took water-polo lessons a couple of weeks ago. I wonder who can take the deepest dives? :)

      • Sarah, Madrid says:

        Oh, we will know almost a week from now! Lol. I just hope we keep the diving for the water only lol!

      • DebS says:

        My money's still on Busquets. Although I must admit I expected to see him dive at least once during the United game but he didn't. Maybe Pep had a talk with him? We can only hope :)

        • Tina says:

          I wouldn't with Cristiano on the other team :) . Just saying.

        • Sarah, Madrid says:

          Oh definitely for me, I think he is slipping under the radar, Mascherno earned the diving/acting trophy, no-one could have pulled a very dramatic holding his legs rolling over the ground several time while screaming his lungs out while looking at the referee as good as he did xD, so step aside busquets, cris, angel, my money is on him!

      • xoWinnie says:

        oh Barcelona definitely wins,
        they have the magical unicef dolphin on their side!

        • Lotte says:

          Replying to everyone: To me, this is THE most futile discussion there is! I have just reconciled myself with the fact that EVERYBODY dives when they think they will get an advantage from it. It has become a part of the game, and I can't even remember when I last saw a game where no one dived. I can't even bring myself to be upset anymore. You can argue back and forth, throw names and examples to each other, but it is just becomes tiresome. Nobody wins, everybody gets frustrated. As always, I'm not looking for people to agree with me, this is how I feel.

          And in this aspect, as with the looks of the gentlemen in question, Barca and RM is on the same level. In my opinion. That's all. :)

          • Lotte says:

            Sorry about my English, but I'm very tired.

            • Lily says:

              Agree with you about the diving, but you gotta admit that BUSQUETS is now the king of diving faking rolling around lol

              And I think RM weighs out the looks compared to Barca

              Xavi Valdes Pique compared to

              Cristiano Higuain Karim Xabi Khedira Ramos Casillas Arbeloa Albiol should I go on?

              • Love Sergi says:

                Amen sister! Haha not to take away from this video because it is quite adorable and I have all the respect for Xavi and David Villa, but I hate Barca, not even as a Real fan, but my true love Manchester United! But anyway, Real has a lot more attractive players than Barca ever has or ever will with just the current squad. Yes, Barca have gathered more trophies in recent years, but the attractiveness level of both the teams really have no comparison. I love Utd, but we haven't got the best looking squad either, which is ok with me. I have added my 2 cents in so there's my opinion.

          • xoWinnie says:

            lol relax Lotte; it's just a joke!
            much like i hope your previous comment was!
            i agree they are essentially on the same level,
            but it's very obvious Real catches WAY MORE flack for it than Barca does!

            anyways, i'm just replying to comments i feel akin to.
            no big deal!

            • Lotte says:

              Sorry, it just happened to be your comment I replied to. But I am tired of the diving discussion. It leads nowhere. I know I should be feeling upset when players dive but I honestly can't feel it anymore. And Barca has been taking a lot of shit for their diving in the semifinal against RM. Of course they should have it, but the problem is that people seem to judge them on that example solely. Before and after that game they have dived just as much, or as little, as any other team. They, and RM, should be evalued on other terms because diving is unfortunately a constant. Like it or not. I have become a cynical :) .

          • Sarah, Madrid says:

            I personally was kidding about the diving! I agree, pretty much 90% of players dive because as a player one of your role on the pitch is trying to provoke fouls, but some diving is so obvious and embarrassing to watch that people would call players on :) .

    • DebS says:

      lol good one Julie!

    • xoWinnie says:

      LOL! what a controversial comment!

      i'm surprised Thea hasn't been in here yet to rip you a new one/insult Real Madrid at all costs!

  26. prettypeyton says:

    darn those wetsuits…why can't they just be naked!?!

  27. Lotte says:

    My personal favourite of the Barca activities is undoubtably the celebrity match. Oh to see Pep wearing nr. 4 again, and blowing airkisses! Well ok they were meant for his wife, but a girl can dream can't she?! (I haven't seen the vid that Kickette shared above yet, so I don't know if it's featured there, but it's so cute!)

    Being a dolphin has it's advantages. Just think to be able to stroke the legs of fine footballers under water, and not getting arrested?

  28. FootballDaze says:

    I'm going to see the game tonight in Miami! Yay! So excited!

  29. gin_in_teacups says:

    Oh. David Villa kissing a dolphin. Now they're just screwing with us.

    Inside my head it's like "blah Barcelona." "But David Villa is kissing a dolphin!" "But…Barcelona." "David Villa KISSING a DOLPHIN!" "Control yourself woman, I'm sure there are Real Madrid players who have also kissed dolphins." "VILLA! DOLPHIN!"

    Do you want to turn me in a schizophrenic loon, Kickette/FC Barcelona? Is that what you want? Damnit I cannot deny my Villa love.

    Is it weird that it makes me feel better that the dolphin scored against Vicky V?

    • Sarah, Madrid says:

      Hahahaha, me2 me2, villa photo with the dolphin, is just soo adorable
      but I just can't help it thinking after I saw this video, why god why! No one filmed thE water-polo game happened weeks ago with real Madrid players! Pod que, Mou's boys, por que!

    • Lotte says:

      lol, I wonder if the dolphin could fit in a RM-jersey? :)

    • villa7 says:

      I love Villa kissing the dolphin. And when he laughs afterwards. Absolutely adorable! I thought it was cute when the dolphin scored on VV. Xavi kissing the dolphin is a close second.

    • Mer says:

      ME TOO. Don't worry, Alvaro Arbeloa is here to help!

  30. Por Dior says:

    OOHH Xavi hun,dont waste your time on dolphins , call meeee.

  31. siannalia says:

    Usually when other people get to play with dolphins I'm jealous of the people, in this case I'm confused as to who I should be more jealous of. Delightful, though that ad at the end reminded me what a shame it is that Pep didn't get to play with the dolphins, too.

  32. Caroline says:

    God I just pray they don't put them in cowboy hats and wranglers and take them to Billy Bob's when they come to Texas this weekend. I will hang my head in shame.

    But on another note, this is precious :)

  33. IrishBlue says:

    Haha loved the dolphin's goal and it's little celebration afterwards :D

  34. PepaCandela says:

    Villa's hair stays like that even when wet. Fabulous.