There’s no denying that soccer boasts some of the most attractive athletes in the world. With their muscular limbs and rugged handsomeness—not to mention those 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 tournament is kicking off tomorrow, which means, for the next five weeks, it’ll be very hard to escape the fútbol fever that will surround us. Here are twelve good reasons to tune in.
Team: France and Arsenal F.C.
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.
Team: Spain and FC Barcelona
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”— the theme song of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa—and have been inseparable ever since, welcoming son Milan early last year.
Team: Argentina and F.C. Barcelona
Known for: The captain of Argentina’s football team is considered by many to be the best player in the world. He’s the only person to win the prestigious Ballon d’Or four consecutive times and has broken countless other records since he started his professional career at 17.
Romantic status: Messi has been with girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo since 2008, but the pair has known each other since childhood, having grown up together in the same small town of Rosario.
Team: England and Liverpool
Known for: Johnson is a well-liked athlete in England, where, of course, soccer is basically the national religion. He’s played in five of the country’s major teams, including Chelsea and Liverpool.
Romantic status: His wife, Laura Johnson, is a proud WAG—Britain’s term for the wives and girlfriends of sports players—and is the mother of his three children.
Team: Portugal and Real Madrid F.C.
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.
Team: Italy and Juventus
Known for: The Italian press has dubbed him “Il Principino” (The Little Prince). He’s beloved by Italian women for his azure eyes and that famously revealing Dolce & Gabbana underwear ad.
Romantic status: He’s been married to wife Roberta Sinopoli since 2008.
Team: Japan and A.C. Milan
Known for: The aggressive midfielder is beloved in Japan for his spiky bleached-blonde hair and gravity-defying free kicks. The New York Times also predicted he might be the next David Beckham, as his keen sense of style is attracting endless endorsement deals.
Romantic status: Honda married kindergarten teacher Misako Honda in 2008.
such a random list lol... anyway ONTD, who's the hottest player in the WC?