It’s often called ‘the beautiful game’ – probably because of the skill and talent involved in its playing. But, for many connoisseurs of the human male, soccer also presents an opportunity to experience a different kind of beauty; that of the fine form of the men who play the game.
Even if you don’t know a midfielder from a forward, the 2006 World Cup is a unique chance to admire some of the most stunning sportsmen the world has to offer. To facilitate the rigorous and exhausting task of scrutinising the 32 teams taking part, we’ve done all the hard work for you: We’re pleased to present the 15 most beautiful men of the 2006 World Cup.
The sexiest team accolade must go to the searingly intense Italians, who boast four entries on our list. Portugal and England also get an honourable mention for their sexy squad. Sadly, with only five teams in the tournament, some of Africa’s soccer men came close (especially the team from Angola), but didn’t quite make the list (a lack of good publicity photos doesn’t help). The 2006 World Cup kicks off on Friday the 9th of June.
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1. Fabio Cannavaro – Italy
Date of birth: 13 Sept 1973 Height: 175 cm Weight: 72 kg Position: Defender
Current Club: Juventus (ITA)
Gasp! Possibly the most beautiful man in football today, Italy’s skipper and the most capped player among the current Italian squad, Fabio Cannavaro is a stalwart of the Azzurri side. What he lacks in height, he makes up for with great anticipation, aggression and power – and of course a stunning body, complete with a face Michelangelo would have killed to sculpt.
2. David Beckham – England
Date of birth: 2 May 1975 Height: 182 cm Weight: 74 kg Position: Midfielder
Current Club: Real Madrid (ESP)
What more can be said about David Beckham. He’s undeniably one of the world’s most gorgeous men; a feature that’s often overshadowed his sporting prowess. More than anything, however, Beckham is a dedicated professional, who takes immense pride in his role as England captain. His talent with a football was evident from an early age, and it has earned him unprecedented fame and wealth.
3. Cristiano Ronaldo: Portugal
Date of birth: 5 Feb 1985 Height: 184 cm Weight: 75 kg Position: Forward
Current Club: Manchester United (ENG)
You don’t get much hotter than Cristiano Ronaldo Santos Aveiro. This 21 year old is one of the sexiest young talents in world football. With his surging runs and dazzling skills performed at blistering pace, comparisons with his Brazilian namesake have been inevitable. Born on the island of Madeira, he began his footballing career at the age of 17. His rise to stardom since then has been nothing short of meteoric.
4. Andriy Shevchenko – Ukraine
Date of birth: 29 Sept 1976 Height: 183 cm Weight: 73 kg Position: Forward
Current Club: AC Milan (ITA)
Andriy Shevchenko has faced the seemingly impossible task of hauling his country along the path to Germany practically single-handed. Top scorer for his team and one of the most prolific in the European zone, the Ukrainian ace justified the faith of a nation every time he turned out. This 30 year old is a stunning looker, quite happy to model in front of the camera wearing very little indeed. This makes us very happy and should be encouraged.
5. Kaka – Brazil
Date of birth: 22 April 1982 Height: 183 cm Weight: 73 kg Position: Midfielder
Current Club: AC Milan (ITA)
He may be burdened with one of the most unfortunate and unusual names in the sport, but few would argue with Kaka’s Brazilian sex appeal which has also made him a star off the field. This focused and aggressive attacking midfielder boasts good ball skills and stamina, and can move into a striking role when required. Hmm, we’ll take two thanks! Hold the mayo!
6. Dejan Stankovic – Serbia and Montenegro
Date of birth: 11 Sept 1978 Height: 181 cm Weight: 75 kg Position: Midfielder
Current Club: Inter (ITA)
You may not quite know where exactly Serbia and Montenegro is, but Dejan Stankovic’s good looks will inspire you to visit. This cheeky midfielder has versatility and the ability to perform wherever he is needed. He is technically-gifted and an instinctive finisher, with an excellent sense of positioning and he has recently managed to bring his hair-trigger temper under control (ooh)..