Mexican Singer Peso Pluma Faces Backlash for Disparaging National Soccer Team

The Mexican singer performed at the Movistar Arena and also invited Milo J on stage to perform his song "Una bala".

Mexican singer Peso Pluma is facing criticism in his home country after a video surfaced of him disparaging the Mexican national soccer team during a recent concert in Argentina.

The singer, whose real name is Hassan Emilio Kabande Laija, was performing in Buenos Aires on Dec. 8 when he praised the Argentine team for beating Mexico 2-0 in the recent World Cup.

Singer Shows Support for Argentina, Messi

“How cool it is to be with the damn world champions,” Peso Pluma told the Argentine crowd. “They stuck it to us in the World Cup against Mexico.”

The singer, wearing an Argentine jersey with Lionel Messi’s number 10, also called the Argentine star player “dad” and said, “Messi is Messi.”

The "Subcomandante" Peso Pluma at the Movistar Arena in Buenos Aires, dressed in light blue and white.
The “Subcomandante” Peso Pluma at the Movistar Arena in Buenos Aires, dressed in light blue and white.

His comments brought cheers from fans but outrage on social media in Mexico. Videos of the concert circulated widely, showing Peso Pluma denigrating Mexico’s team while currying favor with Argentines.

The first song performed by Peso Pluma in their debut in Buenos Aires was "Rubicon."
The first song performed by Peso Pluma in their debut in Buenos Aires was “Rubicon.”

“They got our vrga in the World Cup to Mexico, but man, Messi is daddy,” he shouted to everyone.

Peso Pluma leads an acoustic band made up of Parka (musical director and double bass), Carlitos (requinto, a kind of twelve-string electro-acoustic), Lalito (guitar), Chino (five-string bass), Fidel (trombone) and Harold and Cheke (charchetas).
Peso Pluma leads an acoustic band made up of Parka (musical director and double bass), Carlitos (requinto, a kind of twelve-string electro-acoustic), Lalito (guitar), Chino (five-string bass), Fidel (trombone) and Harold and Cheke (charchetas).

Backlash Evokes Past Controversies

The incident evoked memories of other figures who have faced Mexican anger for showing insufficient national pride.

Peso Pluma was greeted by the enthusiasm of the Argentinean audience in his debut in Buenos Aires.
Peso Pluma was greeted by the enthusiasm of the Argentinean audience in his debut in Buenos Aires.

In 2014, star soccer player Carlos Vela refused a call-up to play for Mexico in the World Cup, drawing criticism at the time. Last year, singer Ángela Aguilar proclaimed her partial Argentine ancestry while cheering their championship run — triggering an unforgiving fan response.

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Peso Pluma with Cheke, one of his two charcheteros.
Peso Pluma with Cheke, one of his two charcheteros.

“Neither Vela dared so much,” wrote sports journalist Patricio Constante regarding Peso Pluma’s World Cup comments.

Peso Pluma and his outfit with the Argentinean colors.
Peso Pluma and his outfit with the Argentinean colors.

Singer Aims to Solidify Ties in Argentina

Sources indicate Peso Pluma’s flattering statements in Buenos Aires represent an effort to further ingratiate himself with Argentines. His girlfriend is popular Argentine singer Nicki Nicole, though she did not join him on stage as some fans expected during his Dec. 8 show.

Peso Pluma with Iván Leal, aka Parka, the band's bass player and musical director (Photos: RS Fotos)
Peso Pluma with Iván Leal, aka Parka, the band’s bass player and musical director (Photos: RS Fotos)

And in June, Pluma collaborated with famed Argentine producer Bizarrap on a hit single that brought the singer acclaim across Latin America.

Peso Pluma invited Milo J to perform "Una bala" together, a song included in the latest album of the Argentine rapper (Photo: courtesy of Dale Play Live / @mazza.ph).
Peso Pluma invited Milo J to perform “Una bala” together, a song included in the latest album of the Argentine rapper (Photo: courtesy of Dale Play Live / @mazza.ph).

“You don’t know how much this kid loves the country, the respect he has for Argentina,” Bizarrap told the Buenos Aires crowd.

Peso Pluma is surrounded by the Argentine audience's warmth and Lionel Messi's Argentine 10 (Photo: courtesy of Dale Play Live / @mazza.ph).
Peso Pluma is surrounded by the Argentine audience’s warmth and Lionel Messi’s Argentine 10 (Photo: courtesy of Dale Play Live / @mazza.ph).

Ongoing Success and Controversy

Peso Pluma has quickly risen to fame over the last two years with his trademark corridos tumbados style — a fusion of traditional Mexican folk ballads and contemporary trap beats popular among young listeners.

The 26-year-old singer’s songs have drawn hundreds of millions of streams globally. But his sometimes violent lyrics have also stoked safety concerns, especially after a drug cartel forced him to cancel a concert in September under threat of violence.

As Peso Pluma looks to expand his reach outside Mexico, his effort to endear himself to Argentines has clearly alienated fans back home. Striking the right balance between pride for his roots and broader ambitions will continue to pose challenges moving forward.