Who needs a cow when you can have a really good soccer player? According to MSN Now, Latin American countries exported about 5,000 soccer players in the first half of 2013. The total worth of the athletes amounted to more than $1.1 billion dollars, a number higher than the total amount of live animals in the whole of 2011.
To give you an example of how prized soccer athletes are in the region, let’s talk about Guatemala. The Central American country ships off more value in soccer players every year than it does beef.