Traditionally Americans could give a sh*t about soccer, or as most in the world know it, “football.” As the 2010 FIFA World Cup kicks off in South Africa today, we’re giving you 25 drool-inducing reasons to tune in that don’t require knowing what a yellow card means.
All that running required of footballers produces what we think are the best bodies in sports – not overly beefy but lean, defined and gorgeous. The toned torsos of Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Cote d’Ivoire’s Didier Drogba, and the USA’s own Landon Donovan have us clearing our calendars, hitting a pub, grabbing a pint, and anxiously awaiting the moment they rip off their shirts in celebration. How is it we’re only now discovering that soccer’s a walking, running, and kicking Calvin Klein ad? At least we have a match-packed month to bask in the ab-tastic glory. [Photo: Getty Images]
25 of the World Cup’s sexiest – and often shirtless – soccer players await you below.