This year’s World Cup is about to come to an end, with the final match between Germany and Argentina starting in less than an hour. Not only are the players in this tournament among the best athletes in the world, some of them also happen to be ridiculously good-looking. If you’re not a soccer fan, this list might give you a few incentives to start paying attention to “The Beautiful Game.”
*Warning: There might be a few shirtless photos here and there. I can’t help that these footballers are extremely fit, can I?
I don’t know what’s more distracting about this 22 year old Swiss defender: his boyish smile or his shirtless abs. Plus, since he’s so young, he’ll still most likely contribute to the eye candy factor of the next World Cup.
2. Xabi Alonso – Spain
Many might be tempted to put the entire Spanish squad on this list, but if I had to pick one player, it’d be Alonso. Handsome on the field but downright movie star-worthy in a suit, this 32 year old attacking midfielder also scored Spain’s only goal in this year’s tournament.
3. Neymar – Brazil
If Alonso is the man you’d want to bring home to your parents, Neymar looks like that bad boy your dad most definitely wouldn’t approve of. The young striker was the poster child of the tournament and also the most high-profiled player on Brazil’s squad this year. Unfortunately, Neymar suffered from a back injury in Brazil’s quarter-final game against Colombia and had to miss out on the rest of the World Cup.
4. Claudio Marchisio – Italy
Just look at those eyes! I mean, he plays as a midfielder and scored Italy’s first goal in the tournament against England, but those eyes.
5. Miguel Veloso – Portugal
Maybe Cristiano Ronaldo is the first name that comes to your mind when someone mentions Portugal, but don’t miss out on Miguel’s gravity-defying hair.
6. Raphaël Varane – France
Young (21), tall (6’2), with a side of adorable. What else is there to want in an imaginary boyfriend?
7. Julian Draxler – Germany
At 20, Draxler is the youngest player on this list. Most likely to be cast as a Disney prince way too, if you ask me.
8. Keisuke Honda – Japan
Apparently, Honda is as heavily endorsed as a pop star. With those cheekbones, are you really surprised? Besides being Japan’s top scorer in the World Cup, he’s also currently playing for AC Milan.
9. Gonzalo Higuaín – Argentina
Though not as popular as Argentina’s other striker, Lionel Messi, Higuaín scored a winning goal against Belgium in the quarter-final stage.
10. Glen Johnson – England
There’s something about Johnson that makes him look super dependable. Maybe it’s that jawline.
11. Olivier Giroud – France
Although he’s already on every other list of hot footballers, it’d be unfair to leave him out of this one. At 6’2, Giroud is also the tallest guy on this list. And come on, even his tattoos are pretty.
12. Javier Hernández – Mexico
I find it so endearing that Hernández plays with his nickname, Chicharito (“Little Pea” in Spanish), on his shirt. I guess he really does look like a little pea (in the best way possible)?
13. Gerard Pique – Spain
Spain might have had a lackluster tournament but I’m sure Pique wasn’t too unhappy to go home to his longtime partner, Shakira, who wrote a song about him, and their adorable son named Milan.
14. Cristiano Ronaldo – Portugal
It’s impossible to make a list of attractive athletes without mentioning Ronaldo. Currently the highest paid footballer in the world, he really doesn’t need much introduction. Detractors may claim that Ronaldo is cocky and overrated, but the guy did score 51 goals last season for his current club Real Madrid, after all.
15. Mats Hummels – Germany
The 7 straight guyfriends with whom I’m watching the World Cup final unanimously agree that Hummels is the hottest player in this match. Despite his position as a defender, Hummels actually scored the only goal in the Germany vs. France quarter final. He’s also ridiculously photogenic, making it almost impossible to pick only 2 photos of him.
And because he’s my personal favorite favorite: