Consider this Top 50 Hottest World Cup Players list your ultimate guide to the sexiest guys of Brazil 2014. We make that claim with real authority, because we just spent countless hours poring over photos of each and every one of the tournament’s 736 players. Yes, even No. 3 keepers and perennially unused substitutes. To be honest, our eyes are crossed from checking out all the beautiful men playing the Beautiful Game!
You’ll find at least one player from each of the participating 32 countries, and sometimes two. When there were ties, we went to our own version of a penalty shootout, in which we weighed such things as on-pitch performance and playing time with predilections for shirtless pictures and overall fine form (in both senses of the phrase).
We resisted, once again, including Cristiano Ronaldo on a list such as this, since he appears on every other post like it on the entire World Wide Web. But he’s not only the best footballer in the world right now, he’s arguably the best-looking player. And, at the very least, we can all agree he is certainly the best man-scaped one. But we also experienced some pleasant revelations on the 23-man rosters, including Japan’s adorable fashionplate Atsuto Uchida and Ghana’s gorgeous goalie Adam Kwarasey. In addition, we are proud to announce that we are doing our part for U.S.-Iranian relations by featuring the Adam Lambert of Iran, the fun and foxy Alireza Haghighifan.
Our sincere hope is that the results of our research lead to every single match holding at least some interest for you — even if you don’t find soccer as a sport the least bit interesting. The World Cup tournament runs through July 13, so you have plenty of time to check out our Top 50 Hottest World Cup Players 2014, both on the field and in these pics: