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Cristiano Ronaldo, Gerard Pique, and More Soccer Hotties From the 2014 World Cup

Soccer players are undoubtedly the best-looking athletes in sports. To celebrate the 2014 World Cup, meet the latest crop of men following in David Beckham’s sexy footsteps.

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Soccer devotees and non-sports fanatics can agree—soccer players are undoubtedly the best-looking athletes, period. While many fans are focused on the actual games of the 2014 World Cup, we can't help but stare at some of the league's hottest men. Below, meet the latest crop of guys following in David Beckham's sexy footsteps. 

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Gerard Piqué

Team: Spain
Age: 27

 

Shakira is a lucky lady to have snatched up the FC Barcelona defender (and stud) after Piqué starred in the music video for her 2010 World Cup song "Waka Waka." With his combination of good looks and athletic ability, he earns our top spot as the 2014 World Cup's hottest player. 

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Cristiano Ronaldo

Team: Portugal
Age: 29

 

Ronaldo’s good looks (OK, and athletic talent) have earned him the designation of the highest paid soccer player in the world. Plus, he gets bonus points for dating model Irina Shayk (the pair recently covered Vogue Spain—yes, Ronaldo posed in the nude). Is it possible to have too much beauty in one relationship?

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Robin van Persie

Team: The Netherlands
Age: 30


After scoring the first Netherlands goal of the 2014 World Cup, striker Van Persie proved that he is hot both on and off the pitch. In his free time, Van Persie enjoys a good game of ping pong and playing for Manchester United—swoon!

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Cesc Fabregas

Team: Spain
Age: 27


Leaving fellow Spanish National Team teammate and World Cup babe Gerard Piqué behind, Fabregas was recently traded from FC Barcelona to Chelsea FC, giving him the opportunity to shine as the team's resident hottie. He may be a hot commodity in the soccer world, but sorry ladies, he's taken. 

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Aleksandr Kerzhakov

Team: Russia
Age: 31


It may be cold in Russia, but Kerzhakov is smokin' hot. He's a bit of a Channing Tatum, no?

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Fabian Schär

Team: Switzerland
Age: 22


The Swiss footballer has led the Basel team since mid-2012, but he's been in our hearts since he made his athletic debut in 2009. There's just something about that goofy little smile that really gets us.

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Olivier Giroud

Team: France
Age: 27


Don't let his baby blues fool you, this Frenchman also has a bit of an edgy side. The Arsenal striker's five o'clock shadow and multiple tattoos add to his bad boy demeanor. (Voulez-vous coucher avec moi, ce soir?)

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Jonathan de Guzmán

Team: The Netherlands
Age: 26


The Toronto-born soccer star has a way with the ladies with his soft, sultry eyes.

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Claudio Marchisio

Team: Italy
Age: 28


He's been nicknamed “Il Principino” (The Little Prince) by his hometown fans. His looks definitely have royalty written all over them.

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Fernando Torres

Team: Spain
Age: 30


If we had our way with this list, it would have featured Fernando Torres 14 times. Unfortunately, it wasn't fair to let the Spanish looker take home the gold without a little competition. 

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Mariano Andújar

Team: Spain
Age: 30


Dios mío! This Argentinian is giving us some serious Latin infatuation.  

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Graham Zusi

Team: USA
Age: 27


Three cheers for the home team! America's Graham Zusi is seriously channeling Roger Federer with those locks. We hope, like Jon Snow, Zusi's 'do is protected by contract. 

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Miguel Layun

Team: Mexico
Age: 25

 

Layun is being dubbed a potential breakout soccer star with some seriously stunning performances under his belt. Sure, people are in awe over his goal-scoring habits, but our eyes are on one thing: Have you seen those dimples?!

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Oscar

Team: Brazil
Age: 22


This Brazilian youngin' is so smooth, he doesn't even need a last name. Call me, maybe?