20 Hot Footballers You Must Watch FIFA 2014 For
Yes, it’s FIFA time! And while all the men are hooked on to their TV sets, you don’t need to be left behind. With plenty of eye candy floating around, you’re bound to be entertained as well. Here are 20 of this World Cup’s hottest footballers who we’re sure will spark your interest in the game.
20. Cristiano Ronaldo
Plays for: Portugal
Why he’s hot: Have you seen him? With one of the hottest bodies around and the hottest lady (Irina Shayk) on his arm, this bad boy can do no wrong. We’re even okay with his constant feints if it means we get to look at his gorgeous face. Let’s hope he beats his injuries and a Ghanaian witch doctor to take part in FIFA 2014!
19. Lionel Messi
Plays for: Argentina
Why he’s hot: A Ballon d’Or (that’s the football equivalent of an Oscar for you) and FIFA World Player of the Year winner at the tender age of 22, this little guy makes up for in speed what he lacks in height. If his cute Latino looks didn’t impress you, this definitely will—he was christened Diego Maradona’s successor by the man himself. We’d root for Argentina just for him!
Plays for: Brazil
Why he’s hot: Speaking of hot Latinos, could the Brazilians be far behind?! Neymar is the host country’s brightest hope to win the Cup. The swashbuckling forward, who plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona, started the season on a high with a hat-trick against South Africa in a friendly in Johannesburg. We’re total suckers for his flamboyant style and phenomenal face… err, we mean pace.
17. Didier Drogba
Plays for: Côte d’Ivoire
Why he’s hot: We know what you’re thinking—he’s so 2010. But he still can’t get over his funky hairstyles, enthusiastic celebrations and all-time-high joie de vivre. We’ll love him till our dying day!
16. Luis Suárez
Plays for: Uruguay
Why he’s hot: He made the world sit up and take notice when he controversially blocked a header with his hands at the last Cup, and since then there’s been no looking back for this Liverpool forward. Lithe, lightning fast and aggressive, he was named Europe’s most influential football player in the 2013-14 season of the top five European leagues in the Bloomberg Top 50 Power List. Plus, he’s Uruguayan—enough said!
15. Tim Cahill
Plays for: Australia
Why he’s hot: He’s the all-time top scorer for the Australian national team, but that isn’t why we’ve fallen for Tim Cahill’s rugged charm. The midfielder is heavily involved with UNICEF children’s charity and is doing his bit to train young footballers by operating two academies. Happily married to his childhood sweetheart, the ideal family man is also an adoring father to his four kids. Awwwww!
14. Keisuke Honda
Plays for: Japan
Why he’s hot: We never thought we’d say this, but how cool does blond hair look on his typically Asian features! Oh, and he also plays for Serie A club Milan and is an attacking midfielder. But that hair…
13. Robin van Persie
Plays for: Netherlands
Why he’s hot: The veteran footballer seems to have been a permanent fixture in the Nederlandse national team and for good reason. The striker has played for two of the biggest EPL clubs—Manchester United and Arsenal—and has been named the Premier League Player of the Month five times. Besides, who couldn’t fall for those refined Scandinavian features and adorable accent. Les Oranje better win this one just so we can see him on the podium!
12. Mario Balotelli
Plays for: Italy
Why he’s hot: We love a man who isn’t afraid to show his emotions—which is why we fell for the AC Milan striker when he wept and rushed to embrace his foster mother Silvia after his goals helped Italy get to the final of Euro 2012. His reputation for being ‘strange’ only adds to his roguish charm (he once drove into a women’s prison in Italy to ‘have a look around’ and set fire to his own house the day before an important match). Who doesn’t like bad boys, yes?
11. Manuel Neuer
Plays for: Germany
Why he’s hot: Hello, he’s German and 6’4″. Need we say more?
10. Hugo Lloris
Plays for: France
Why he’s hot: The French captain truly has it all—good looks, lightning reflexes and good decision making. Okay, so we took the last two points from Wikipedia. But with looks like that, do we care how he plays?
9. Ji Dong-won
Plays for: South Korea
Why he’s hot: We have high hopes from this cutie this World Cup. South Korea may not make it very far, but we’ll keep our eyes peeled to the screen just so we can watch his quick attacks.
8. Antonio Cassano
Plays for: Italy
Why he’s hot: If 700 women have deemed him hot enough to have slept with him, how can we feel any differently? Modesty may not be his strong point, nor self-control (he was known for eating 2-3 pastries after every sexual conquest), but there’s something about cocksure men that we just can’t resist. That, and the earring!
7. Kevin-Prince Boateng
Plays for: Ghana
Why he’s hot: Anyone else feels he invokes memories of Mike Tyson? An angry young man with brute strength, how can we not fall for this one?
6. Adam Lallana
Plays for: England
Why he’s hot: We were almost worried we’d have no representation from the UK, but then along came Adam. We know it’s a long shot but we’d like England to win the World Cup simply to see this attacking midfielder take off his shirt!
5. David Luiz
Plays for: Brazil
Why he’s hot: How can you not love a man who has been transferred from Chelsea to Paris Saint-Germain for a reported fee of €49.5 million? Also, we’re itching to get our hands on those curly locks!
4. Eden Hazard
Plays for: Belgium
Why he’s hot: Nordic good looks! Plus, he’s drawing comparisons to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. We’re drawing our comparisons, too!
3. Edin Džeko
Plays for: Bosnia
Why he’s hot: Tall with the savage strength of Game of Thrones character Gregor Clegane, this Man City striker has us wishing Bosnia make it through the league stages. Also, this.
2. Joachim Loew
Plays for: Germany
Why he’s hot: No, it’s not cheating to include a coach in here. We confess we pray for Germany to win matches only to see this man break into a smile. We wouldn’t mind taking some coaching from him!
1. The Spanish Football Team
L-R: David Villa, Iker Casillas, Fernando Torres and Xabi Alonso
Why they’re hot: We know you’re wondering how we made it through this list without a single Spanish player. But that’s because we couldn’t for the life of us choose among them. Villa, Casillas, Fabregas, Alonso, Torres, Costa, Iniesta, Piqué—watching this team play is like viewing a Mr World contest.
Which of these players is your favourite? Vote and let us know.
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