The 40 Hottest Footballers of All-Time
If you believe David Beckham is the only fit footballer, you are mistaken.
Be still our beating hearts for Juventus’ Andrea Pirlo, whose distinctive bearded good looks have made him a fixture of Italy’s Serie A league. However, following Italy’s unsuccessful campaign in Brazil, Pirlo was photographed relaxing on the beaches of Ibiza, and he happened to be shirtless for some of it. #sorrynotsorry
This man would be missing from any list of fit footballers! David Beckham has made good use of his good looks; his face is as instantly recognizable as the Coca-Cola logo, and he’s modeled for H&M, Adidas, and Armani, to name a few. Becks may have retired from football, but he still makes us weak in the knees, especially when he’s caught being all DILF with Harper.
Mario Gomez, a half-German, half-Spanish footballer, has features that could have been chiseled out of stone. And don’t get us started on his hair, which looks salon-ready even after 90 minutes of slogging it out and running around the pitch.
Half of Europe fell in love with Thierry Henry, not on the pitch, but behind the wheel of a Renault car. Who can forget the Frenchman’s famous slogan “va-va-voom,” which became so well-known that it was included in the Oxford Dictionary? Thierry has become something of a humanitarian since retiring from football, championing UNICEF, AIDS research, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
There’s a reason Spaniard is known as “El Nio,” or “The Kid,” and it’s because of his boyish, floppy-haired good looks. If you’re a Lord of the Rings fan, you should get to know this footballer better: he’s a fan of J.R.R Tolkien and has his name tattooed in Tengwar (Middle Earth language) on his arm. However, you must first get past his childhood sweetheart Olalla and their two children.
Jamie Redknapp was a teen heartthrob in 1995. This footballer won the gene pool lottery; his elder brother is a model (obviously), and he is the cousin of fellow fit footballer Frank Lampard. No surprise he was able to entice himself into becoming a member of Eternal and forge a media punditry career after his retirement.
People either love or despise Cristiano Ronaldo – and not just because he has (how shall we put it?) a slightly confident demeanor. If you like your men with a tanned six-pack, a cheeky grin, a bulging bank account, and their own fashion boutique (Cristiano’s is called CR7 after his shirt number), this Portuguese superstar is the man for you.
Gerard Pique, the man behind Mr Shakira’s cheekbones and full-on pout. While this stunning specimen of a man is no longer on the market, he’s a prolific tweeter, so you can gaze at his fine features in Twitpic form, or hang on his every word (if you speak Spanish), by joining his 6 million+ followers on Twitter.
Freddie Ljungberg, more Greek God than Swedish winger, modeled Calvin Klein underwear in a 2003 campaign that became one of the label’s most successful ever. His good looks came at a price; apparently, women would approach him in nightclubs to check out his famous assets.
Robin van Persie
Robin van Persie, a Dutchman, hit the jackpot when it came to great bone structure, but he’s more than just a pretty face. Much of Van Persie’s income comes from outside of football, as he has stock investments, a substantial amount of property, several burger restaurants, a top-selling perfume (hilariously called With Love From Robin), and his own brand of vodka.
Lee Sharpe was one of the original “Spice Boys” of the 1990s, known for his interesting (and ever-changing) hairstyles. He was also a bit of a ladies man, romancing both Jayne Middlemass and Abi Titmuss when he appeared on the reality TV show Celebrity Love Island.
George Best, the first celebrity footballer, exuded charisma and exuberance in spades. George was famous for his flowing locks, cute dimples, and party-loving ways. He once said, “I spent a lot of money on booze, birds, and fast cars – the rest I just squandered.” The footballer’s lavish lifestyle finally caught up with him in 2005, when he died after a liver transplant.
David Ginola, a footballer with oodles of French flair, enchanted British fans when he joined Newcastle United in 1995. He was an ad man’s dream, having fronted campaigns for Braun, Morgan, L’Oreal, and Renault, in addition to walking the runway for Cerruti. But David’s abilities extend beyond football and model good looks; he’s a whiz at concocting a drink and has won wine-making awards for his vineyard in Provence.
Ryan Bertrand, dubbed “the new Ashley Cole,” is already making an impression at Chelsea despite his young age. He was a welcome addition to the Olympic team in London in 2012, and he is a handsome face to keep an eye on in the future.
Many female fans noticed that Gary Lineker, in addition to obvious ball skills, had a very fine set of legs. Unfortunately, they are usually hidden when he is presenting Match of the Day; at the very least, we can admire his still-fine physique through his colorful array of shirts.
Frank Lampard’s fiancée Christine Bleakley has recently increased his glamour quotient, but the Chelsea footballer has always enjoyed the party circuit. His endorsements with Adidas and Pepsi have only added to his allure, as has his selection as Premier League Player of the Decade in 2009.
Do you want your footballers to be able to talk about literature and art in addition to having a killer right hand boot and a handsome face? Then David James is the man for you. This former England goalkeeper has modeled for Giorgio Armani and H&M, illustrated several children’s books, and writes a regular column for The Observer. He also volunteers in Malawi to raise AIDS awareness. Have you found love yet?
This retired Spanish footballer may not be on your radar right now, but he should be. Beautiful hair, a charming smile, and piercing Mediterranean eyes. And the best part? According to our information, the 36-year-old is currently single.
If dark, sultry looks are more your style, memorize Yoann Gourcuff’s name quickly. The Frenchman is a natural athlete who has been dubbed “one of the best of his generation.”
Dion Dublin is a brilliant defender, a lovely person, and an accomplished percussionist. All of this is true of the retired England player, who is undoubtedly the only footballer to be credited with inventing his own instrument, The Dube, and performing with Ocean Colour Scene. We couldn’t comment on Alex Ferguson’s claim that he has a “magnificent package.”
6ft 4in Olivier Giroud, known for his power and physical strength, gives us butterflies just by looking at him. It’s no surprise that he has more than his fair share of admirers in his native France and in the United Kingdom, but this Arsenal player only has eyes for his wife Jennifer, who is undeniably beautiful.
Kaka’s smoldering Brazilian looks prompted two of Italy’s most prestigious fashion houses to compete for his face in 2007. Kaka was unable to participate in a Dolce & Gabbana shoot with the rest of his Milan teammates due to a previous modeling contract with Armani. However, this is a player who has never sought fame; he married his childhood sweetheart Caroline Celico and says his favorite book is the Bible.
Michael Ballack (or The Locomotive as he’s also known) wears the No13 shirt, but this is a German who is never out of luck. He’s one of his country’s all-time leading goal scorers, and he has a sexy, steely glare that can frighten his opponents.
This England and Manchester City goalkeeper stands 6ft 5in tall and is made of pure beefcake. And that’s before we even get into his blonde hair, which has garnered attention from a variety of sources, including the creators of Head & Shoulders shampoo.
Francesco Totti and his ex-showgirl wife Ilary Blasi are dubbed the “Italian Beckhams.” The couple, like their namesakes, have grown into a brand, with Francesco running his own motorcycle racing team and fronting several magazine covers with his photogenic features.
Pablo ‘Dani’ Osvaldo, an Argentine-born Italian striker, is the brooding type, with as many internal demons as goals to his name. “Sometimes I feel sad, and I wish I could be someone else, to get lost in the world,” he once said.. Pablo is currently a Southampton player, so if you think you can handle his rock star ways, he’s not far away.
Sorry, ladies, Xabi Alonso is a dedicated family man, even ignoring criticism and missing a Champions League match to be with his wife during her labor. Xabi, another Real Madrid alum, is said to be worth £16 million.
If you want anything to do with this saucy Spanish hotshot, you’ll have to get past his wife, former Miss Spain Lorena Bernal. Alternatively, you could simply follow his musings on the beautiful game on Twitter.
Many have referred to Marco Borriello as a footballing dandy due to his exquisite sense of style and ability to catch the eye of the ladies. During his career, the athlete has dated a number of Italian actresses, including Brazilian model Camila Morais.
We have a strong suspicion that Real Madrid’s football scouts are looking for something other than good footballers, because this team appears to have an unusually high number of hot players. Another is goalkeeper Iker Casillas. No, it doesn’t.
Stunning Welshman Ryan Giggs has always been popular with women, but the less said about that, the better!
Adam Lallana, a Southampton midfielder and England team member, is well-known for his football skills as well as his boyish good looks. Who are we to argue with that?
Francesc ‘Cesc’ Fàbregas plays for Spain and Chelsea and, let’s be honest, he’s the ideal sporting specimen with his rugged good looks and tattoos.
Chris Smalling plays center back for Manchester United when he isn’t strutting his stuff for the national team. He’s a credit to the English team, with his brooding good looks and honed physique!
Manuel Neuer is another attractive German footballer who plays for Bayern Munich as well as the national team. Manual is known for “his reflexes, excellent shot-stopping abilities, and ball distribution,” according to Wikipedia. He’s also a smart cookie, having won half a million euros for charity on the German version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.
Mats Hummels is a 6ft 4 tall German man hunk. Mats can be found hanging out with his girlfriend Cathy Fischer when he is not playing for Borussia Dortmund. We’re not resentful.
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