And then there were three. Well, there are eight teams left, but only three of our “favorite” players from the original list remain. As a reminder:
Nacer Chadli, Belgium
Those abs… and arms… and face…and hair… and…
Robin Van Persie, The Netherlands
In all his chiseled glory.
Olivier Giroud, France
Handsome doesn’t being to describe him… but the cheating scandal does hurt his hotness factor to a slight degree.
But only three just won’t do. Thus, I’ve decided to add a player from each of the remaining teams, and I think we have some hotties that very well should have been on the initial list. So, here we are:
Mats Hummels, Germany
Are. You. Kidding. Me. HOW did I miss Mats Hummels on the first go-around? Germany’s 25-year-old central defender is currently signed to Borussia Dortmund, but there are reports that Manchester United have bid on this schöne menschen (clearly it’s true
)… actually, they’ve reportedly bid on him the last three transfer windows, but the German club is holding on tight to this one. Can you blame them? *swoon*
Oh, he scored a goal against Portugal in this World Cup.
Relationship status: NOT MARRIED! But his girlfriend
was named Bundesliga’s 2013 WAG
of the Year
Yeltsin Tejeda, Costa Rica
Yeltsin Antonio Tejeda Valverde. An unfortunate first name (his mother was allegedly a big fan of the first president of the Russian Federation – true story) but man… he sure makes up for it. This picture says it all. Though, from other pictures, it seems like he suffers from pretty acute RBF
. Look it up.
A hidden gem, this one, who plays professionally in Costa Rica for Saprissa. This 22-year-old midfielder is wanted by Premier League Clubs, including Everton and Fulham, and reportedly turned down offers from Belgian and MLS clubs to pursue playing in England or Spain.
Relationship status: Appears to be single. With leaving Costa Rica in the near future for millions upon millions in England or Spain… that’s smart of him.
This was an easy one. Yes, James David Rodriguez Rubio (known simply as James – I love the South American one-named soccer players) looks young (he’s just 22), but he is easily considered the best young forward in the world. Through four games, he has scored five – yes five – goals in the World Cup. His first World Cup. It’s amazing. And I’m sorry, but if LeBron James is giving you a shout out
In 2013, James signed with AS Monaco (from Porto) for a transfer fee of €45 million – the second-most expensive transfer in Portuguese football history, and the 10th most expensive transfer ever
Relationship Status: Married to the sister of the Colombian starting goalkeeper. Another married 22 year old, are you kidding me? Geesh.
Most lists are taking the easy way out and naming Naymar. But… no. No, no, no. I will make the less popular, but more correct choice of Oscar (Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Júnior), 22, who plays for Chelsea and is known for his play-making abilities. This young hottie scored in Brazil’s opening match of the World Cup.
Relationship Status: Oscar is married to his childhood sweetheart. Just one week before the opening game of the World Cup, he became a father.
Now Argentina gave me a run for my money – in a good way. But in the end I went with…
Ezequiel Lavezzi, Argentina
Oh lordy, lordy. Holy sweet muscles and tattoos. The 29-year-old Paris Saint-Germain attacker wasn’t exactly an unknown quantity to soccer fans before this World Cup. But for the millions of casual viewers watching Argentina play Nigeria, we were in for a TREAT. When Sergio Agüero, one of the much-hyped “fantastic four” strikers, was forced off the field due to injury, the camera focused on a shirtless Ezequiel “Pocho” Lavezzi getting some last-minute pointers from coach Alejandro Sabella, that brief glimpse at his tattooed, muscle-bound body and perfectly coiffed beard was enough to set social media atwitter. Lavezzi fever has begun. Do you have it? If not, Google him – you will soon catch it.
Relationship status: 29 and SINGLE. Hallelujah!
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It’s that time again, those glorious two weeks I wait for every two years – the Olympics!!! It’s been (give or take) 1,073 days since the closing ceremonies of the last Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and about 543 days since the closing ceremonies in London. I’m ready for two weeks of skiing, skating, jumping, twirling, and sliding. I’m warming up my pipes to sing the National Anthem, and waiting for all the tear-jerking Bob Costas stories (I eat those things up with a spoon).
Every Olympics, my friends and I discuss the most important thing to female sports fans – who are the hottest male athletes, and when are their events? I’ve seen many lists going around the internet, from Cosmo to PopSugar, with many overlaps (hello Henrik Lundqvist!) and some that leave me shaking my head (Evan Lysacek? Sorry, but no.). So, as I did before the 2012 London Games - relive the 2012 list here - here is my list of the Hottest Olympic Athletes in Sochi, in no particular order:
Henrik Lundqvist, Sweden, hockey
Because… duh. Lundqvist may be the best-looking hockey player of all time, and all know coming from me, that’s quite a compliment. On the ice, he’s arguably the best goalie in the world – as starting goalie for the NHL’s glamour team, the New York Rangers, Lundqvist won the Vezina Trophy as the top goalie in the NHL in 2012. He’s a three-time NHL all star and has been the Rangers’ MVP every year since 2007, led Sweden to an Olympic gold medal in 2006 and in December 2013, the Rangers made him the highest-paid goalie in the NHL with a seven-year, $53 million contract extension. In addition, he’s been named one of the best dressed men in the world by Vanity Fair, among other magazines, and he was one of People’s 100 Most Beautiful in 2006. Oh – and he has an identical twin brother, Joel.
The puck drops on Henrik’s Olympics Feb. 12, when Sweden takes on the Czech Republic.
Bode Miller, USA, downhill skiing
This one is a given. A staple on hottie lists since his Olympic debut in 1998, this New Hampshire native has a love-hate relationship with the media. An Olympic and World Championship gold medalist competing in his fifth Olympics, Sochi is likely the last hurrah for the handsome, laid-back 36-year-old. Still a top skier, he has a chance to medal in downhill – he is ranked second in the world, behind our next athlete…
Bode’s likely final Olympics begin Feb. 9 with the men’s downhill event.
Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway, downhill skiing
This Norwegian is a two-time overall World Cup champion (2007 and 2009), an Olympic gold medalist in Super G at the 2010 Winter Olympics, and a five-time World Champion in downhill, giant slalom and super combined. With his victory in the downhill in 2013, Svindal became the first male alpine racer to win titles in four consecutive world championships. Now for what we really care about – this viking is single! He recently broke up with his long-term girlfriend, American gold medal skier Julie Mancuso. We’ll get our first glimpse of this hottie as he carries his national flag at the Opening Ceremonies – well done, Norway.
Aksel’s Olympics begin Feb. 9 with the men’s downhill event.
Steve Langton, USA, bobsled
I have to admit, this one is a bit biased, since I was friends with Steve in high school. That aside, no one can deny his rightful place on this list. A college track star at Northeastern, the Massachusetts native decided to “try” bobsled in 2007 – and hasn’t looked back. This will be his second Olympics, and this time around he’s part of the “Night Train,” the sled driven by Steve Holcomb that won gold in Vancouver. The sled won gold at the 2012 World Championships, and Holcomb and Langton partnered to also win gold in the 2-man, as well. This freak athlete was named “The Most Powerful Winter Olympian”
by Men’s Health Mag, and after watching that video, I dare anyone to disagree. Not only a beast in the weight room, Steve also has a funny side, which you can see on his YouTube page
with roommate John Daly. Go Steve!
Steve’s Olympics take off Feb. 16-17 with the two man event, and continue Feb. 22-23 with the 4-man event.
Aleksander Aurdal, Norway, Freestyle Skiing
This high-flying Norwegian will compete in the “slopestyle” skiing event. He’s not expected to medal, but will look pretty awesome flying through the air doing crazy tricks at high speeds. Bonus: this hottie has a big heart – he is a mentor for the Heroes of Tomorrow project in Norway, which aims to support and encourage young people with talent.
Aleks flips onto our screens Feb. 13 with the Men’s Ski Slopestyle qualifications
Christopher Fogt, USA, Bobsled
People often mistakenly call athletes “heroes.” However, in the case of Sgt. Christopher Fogt, the title is accurate. He is an incredibly accomplished athlete, including representing the USA in the 2010 Olympics, and, more importantly, a captain in the Army and a member of the Army’s World Class Athlete Program. At Utah Valley University, Fogt was a track star, as two-year captain he set records in the 100m and 60m in the process … oh, and had time to do ROTC *swoon*. Immediately following the 2010 Olympics, where he was part of the USA-2 that finished in 10th, he stepped away from bobsled for 18 months, much that on a year-long deployment in Iraq with military intelligence. Now he’s back to compete in the 2014 games – this time as a member of the “Night Train” aka gold medal favorite. I mean, come on! If he doesn’t make you proud to be an American, I don’t know what does.
Sgt. Fogt’s Olympics begin Feb. 22-23 with the 4-man event.
Tim Burke, USA, biathlon
First off – biathlon is a cross-country skiing and shooting competition. Second, Tim Burke is not only nice to look at, but America’s first-ever legitimate chance at an Olympic medal in biathlon. The three-time Olympian won the silver medal in the 20 km Individual competition at the 2013 World Championships, the second American man ever to win a World Championship medal. But sorry ladies, this hottie is taken by a fellow biathlete – German Andrea Henkel, a four-time Olympic medalist.
Catch Tim Feb. 8 in the Men’s Sprint 10km and Feb. 13 in the 20km.
Dylan Moscovitch, Canada, pairs figure skating
Kirsten Moore-Towers is a lucky girl to have such a studly partner! The pair placed second in the 2014 Canadian national championships and came in fourth at the 2013 World Championships. No, figure skating isn’t the most masculine sport… but at least it’s pairs, right?
Watch Dylan and Kristen in the pair’s competition Feb. 11.
Bobby Brown, USA, freestyle skiing
Every little step I take… wait, wrong Bobby Brown. In 2010, this Bobby Brown became the first skier at the Winter X Games to win two golds in one trip – big air and slopestyle – vaulting him to freeskiing poster boy status. The four-time X Games gold medalist is hoping to add Olympic gold to his trophy case – I, for one, can’t wait to watch him try.
Bobby’s Olympics begin Feb. 13 in the slopestyle qualifications
Matt Margetts, Canada, freestyle skiing
This six-time X Games veteran is the first skier to land a double cork 900. He earned his first FIS World Cup medal in January 2014 when he won the bronze in Calgary as part of a podium sweep by the Canadian men. This laid-back hottie is known for his “infectious happy-go-lucky personality, A+ brand of humor and never-ending smile” – what a bonus.
Mark tries to impress us beginning Feb. 13 in the slopestyle qualifications
David Backes, USA, hockey
I went through the whole USA hockey roster, and, IMHO, Backes is the hottest on the team (followed closely by USA captain Zach Parise) . The forward is a native of Minnesota and went to my husband’s alma mater, University of Minnesota-Mankato, which earns him a special place in my heart. Each season, the 6’3″ captain of the St. Louis Blues is among the top in the league in +/-. This is his second Olympics, after winning a silver medal with USA at the 2010 Olympics. Off the ice, Backes and his wife (boo) are devoted to animal rescue and each have their own rescue organizations: Kelly’s Kats and David’s Dogs.
David and team USA skate into our hearts against Slovakia, Feb. 13.
Neville Wright, Canada, Bobsled
Apparently the thing to do after your track career is over is to try bobsled! Neville was a sprinter since the age of seven. After failing to qualify for the Olympics in Beijing 2008 (missing by .02!!!), he decided to pursue another sport and in the summer of 2009 he tried bobsled and a year later was competing in the Olympics, where he was part of the 4th-place finishing Canadian 4-man team. He will compete in the 2- and 4- man in 2014, with his best shot at a medal coming in the 4. He looks more like a football player than a runner, and if I needed a bodyguard I’d love to have Neville protecting me!
Neville’s Olympics begin Feb. 22 with the 4-man event.
I don’t know about you, but after looking at all these hot athletes, I’m even more excited for the Olympics! I hope they all avoid the water in Sochi.
Make sure to vote on your favorite and let me know who you think I missed!
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We might as well call this all-Canada week as we bring you some true hotties from the beautiful country and our next stop is Krystal Love. Krystal is good friends with our last model (and we will be posting her other good friend tomorrow) Ashleigh Blair. After you view the lovely Krystal’s gallery below, make sure to stop by and visit her website for more info and pics on her.
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Krystal Love’s Gallery
Ashleigh Blair is a beautiful model from…wait for it…wait for it…that’s right, Canada! What in the world are they putting in their water in Canada?! Ashleigh is the latest to come from there and she is definitely one of the prettiest. BUT..not only is she an absolute knock out, Ashleigh is one of the sweetest girls in the modelling business. She has just started and her facebook page needs some more likes, so please go and like her page for us and show her some love!
Ashleigh Blair Gallery
Pink haired alternative model Raven Le Faye rocks a very sexy look. She says she’s not only a model but extremely talented with hair and makeup as well. Let’s not forget how good you are at looking hot as hell either Raven. She has such a broad range of looks and there isn’t a one that we don’t love.
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The beautiful Jessy Erinn loves taking selfie pics and every man in the world wants to thank the inventor of the cell phone for that. This blonde beauty is a 19 year old model out of Canada. It seems more and more of these beautiful women are coming out of Canada lately, it may be worth fighting the cold to pay our friends up north a visit.
Jessy would be a perfect model for a facebook page like “Yeah, she squats”, I’m not sure of the last time I saw a more perfectly shaped back side. Ouch! Good luck with your modelling career Jessy, we wish you the best.
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Jessy Erinn Photo Gallery
“Most people don’t know I’m a big goof ball, they see my pics and have no idea underneath all the sexy looks are a really nerdy girl.”
That just made us love you all the more Leticia Farr and just when you thought she couldn’t get any hotter. The Brazilian born Leticia is one of the sweetest and most beautiful women we have come across here on Sports Ninja and we wish her the best of success with her modelling career. Taking a look at her pictures though, I’m guessing she doesn’t really need a lot of luck in that department. The brunette beauty is not only sexy but very down to earth and who couldn’t love a women who calls herself a nerd.
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Leticia Farr Gallery
Melanie Iglesias is very popular and very beautiful celebrity who loves to take candid pictures of herself. Is anyone here going to complain? I hope not. Melanie looks just as sexy lounging at home as she does modeling or acting.
Super hottie & Super Model Emily Ratajkowski knows how to pose for the camera. Here we have pics of her modelling and pics of her in her every day life, looking as beautiful as ever. Enjoy Emily’s gallery.
Emily Ratajkowski’s Gallery
Ashley Alexiss has those wonderful curves in all the right places with a list of awards too long to list. Not only is this blonde bombshell a real looker she has a heart of gold. Ashley is the founder of her own organization, Cleavage for the Cure and if anyone’s cleavage could cure anybody it would be Ashley’s.
Ashley Alexiss Gallery
Model Heidi Talburt is not only a tattooed beauty, she also seems to be an avid supporter of Pabst Blue Ribbon. You know Heidi is going to be a good time when you have her out for a football game, this girl would definitely be the life of the party. The Iowa resident Heidi is single handily trying to heat up the midwest.
We hope you find it Heidi, you definitely deserve it. Vote for Heidi on Model Throwdown.
I’m a girl in the midwest chasing my dream
Heidi Talburt Gallery
The 20 year old model from down under, Emily Stewart, is one of the reasons we should all do more world travelling. I highly doubt that the Australian beaches are crawling with girls as beautiful as Emily, but if they are even close it’d be worth the price of the ticket to go.
Emily Stewart Gallery
The hottest DJ on the planet, Angie Vu Ha, proves she is a true beauty with no need for photoshop. These candid pics of Angie make you realize that if you saw her walking down the street you would break your neck to take a second look at her. We really need to start a donation process so we can raise money to have Angie DJ one of our events.
Angie Vu Ha Candid Shots
Chantel Zales knows how to take selfies, of course she has had a lot of experience in front of a camera during her modeling career. Women should take note though, this is how it’s done (nooooo duck faces in any of these pictures of Chantel), well minus that hideous phone cover she has. Chantel Zales is so hot we couldn’t even show 10% of her selfies here, just too much exposure. Feel free to check out the rest of her selfies here.
Chantel Zales Gallery
Blonde beauty Holly Puska looks fantastic in and out of the modelling studio. This jaw dropping babe would make you spin your head like an owl if you saw her walking down the street (especially in that red dress!!)
Holly Puska Gallery
Can’t think of a better way to spend Christmas Day than watching NBA and enjoying a special Christmas gallery from Abigail Ratchford. During half time of one of the games or when the Thunder are destroying the Knicks by 20+ then take time out to view Abigails beautiful pictures.
Abigail Ratchford Christmas Gallery
Ronda Rousey and Meisha Tate have some tough competition, well as far as being the most attractive women in MMA go. Paige Vanzant was a contestant in TUF 20 who deserves another shot to get into the UFC. Paige lost to a very tough Torres in her qualifier, but I think we all would like to see more of Ms. Vanzant.
Paige Vanzant Gallery