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12 Soccer Players Who Are Reason Enough to Watch the World Cup

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Besides basketball, there’s no contest as regards the sport with the most attractive athletes the world over- Soccer!

 With their toned abs, muscular limbs, rugged handsomeness and of course, those to-die-for foreign accents, the players at the 2014 World Cup are the silver lining for those of us who couldn't care less about sports.

 

The global competition kicked off on the 12th of June in Brasil. I’m sure those of us who are more crazy about fashion than soccer could literally not be more blasé but it’s been very hard to escape the fútbol fever that’s engulfing everyone.

 

So whether you’re rooting for a specific team (go Super Eagles!) or you have no clue what’s going on in this year’s competition, here are fifteen sexy reasons to tune in :

 

Olivier Giroud

Team: France and Arsenal F.C.
Age: 27

Known for: With his frequently photographed, side-swept hairdo and baby-blue eyes, this Frenchman likes to push the boundaries of the traditionally macho sport and most recently posed shirtless on the cover of French gay magazine Tetu.

Romantic status: He’s been married since 2011, although allegations that he dallied with an American model surfaced earlier this year, causing Giroud to publicly apologize to his family on Twitter.

 

Gerard Piqué

Team: Spain and FC Barcelona
Age: 27

Known for: The center back is a media darling due to his boyish good looks and the fact that he’s won every major tournament, including the Champions, the Premier League, the World Cup, and the European Super Cup. 

Romantic status: His girlfriend is Colombian pop singer Shakira. The pair met while she was filming the music video for "Waka Waka" and have been inseparable ever since. They welcomed son ,Milan early last year. 

 

Cristiano Ronaldo

Team: Portugal and Real Madrid F.C.
Age: 29

Known for: The winner of this year’s Ballon d’Or, Ronaldo is currently the highest-paid soccer player in the world, with a salary of $23 million euros per year, plus many lucrative commercial ad campaigns. He also has a reputation for being vain, but when you look like that, can you blame him?

Romantic status: It’s no surprise to learn that Ronaldo has been linked to a bevy of women in the past, including Kim Kardashian and Maria Sharapova. His latest significant other is Russian supermodel Irina Shayk, who is featured on the cover of Vogue Spain strategically covering a completely naked Ronaldo in the background.

 

Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior

Team: Brazil and FC Barcelona
Age:  22

Known for: Neymar appeared on the cover of Time magazine in February 2013, the first Brazilian athlete to be so honoured.  And in May 2013, SportsPro magazine named Neymar as the most marketable athlete on the planet for the second consecutive year. To mark the World Cup commencing in Brazil, in June 2014, Neymar appeared with supermodel Gisele Bundchen on the front cover of Vogue's Brazilian edition

Romantic status: Neymar became a father to a baby boy in August 2011, at the age of 19, but is not in a relationship with the mother of the child. He dated the Brazilian actress Bruna Magazine for around a year; they split up in February 2014. Reportedly dating Sao Paolo-born supermodel Gabriella Lenzi.

 

Alexis Sánchez

Team: Chile and FC Barcelona
Age:  25

Known for:  This hottie with his gorgeous smile and perfect hair is far from just a pretty face- he scored Chile’s first goal in the World Cup this year.  It’s been reported that he plans to move to the Premier League and this apparently has made him ‘hot cake’ at the moment.

Romantic status: His Girlfriend is Laia Grassi, a blonde, blue-eyed Spanish Art director. Speculation is rampant that Alexis Sánchez is expecting a baby with long-time partner after she was spotted with a prominent stomach bulge recently.

 

Cesc Fàbregas

Team: Spain and Chelsea
Age:  27

Known for:  A talented midfielder, he became the youngest player to appear for the Arsenal soccer club as well as a Spanish World Cup team.  Recently left Barcelona to join Chelsea.

Romantic status: In a relationship with partner Daniella Semaan.One daughter named Lia.

 

Luis Suarez

Team: Uruguay and Liverpool
Age:  27

Known for:  In 2013, he became Uruguay's all-time record goal scorer with 35 goals and was also ranked by The Guardian as the ninth-best player in the world.

Romantic status: In 2009 he married his childhood sweetheart, Sofia Balbi. They have a daughter and a son.

 

Miguel Veloso

Team: Portugal and FC Dynamo Kyiv

Age:  28

Romantic status: Married Paola Preziosi on 27 May 2013

 

Sergio Ramos

Team: Spain and Real Madrid
Age:  28

Known for:  He made his first appearance at the age of 18 and, in 2013, he became the youngest player to ever reach 100 caps.

Romantic status: Ramos entered a relationship with journalist/presenter Pilar Rubio and on 12 November 2013 she announced via Twitter that she was expecting her first child with the footballer.

 

James Troisi

Team: Australia and Atalanta
Age:  25

Known for:  He's got a chiseled jawline Superman would be jealous of. Oh, we hear he's pretty good on the field, too. 

 

Kevin Prince Boateng

Team:  Ghana and FC Schalke 04

Age:  27

Known for:  Came on as a 79th minute substitute in the second leg and scored Ghana's only goal in the 89th minute as the Black Stars secured qualification to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. His unarguably muscular form not to mention his spiky haircut and tattoos have sure made him popular with the ladies. Even Riri can attest to his hotness.

Romantic status: Was previously married to Jennifer Boateng but is now linked to Melissa Stratta.

 


Claudio Marchisio

Team:  Italy and Juventus

Age:  28

Known for:   Marchisio was featured on the Italian cover of FIFA 13. Those gorgeous aqua eyes are definitely something.

Romantic status: Marchisio married Roberta in June 2008  and they have two sons.

 

 

 

by Mowale Ajose-Adeogun

 



Olivier Giroud
Olivier Giroud


Gerard Piqué
Gerard Piqué


Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo


Neymar
Neymar


Alexis Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez


Cesc Fabregas
Cesc Fabregas


Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez


Miguel Veloso
Miguel Veloso


Sergio Ramos
Sergio Ramos


James Troisi
James Troisi


Kevin Prince Boateng
Kevin Prince Boateng


Claudio Marchisio
Claudio Marchisio



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