In the spirit of the World Cup, we have listed, in random order, the top 5 hottest ads of footballers in their underwear. Since the inception of David Beckham, footballers seem to be the most-sought after athletes to front fashion campaigns.
The article we posted yesterday had quite a few interesting points on why the fashion world is now watching the World Cup in Brazil rather closely.
First, it’s the fame. According to the New York Times article, the fashion world treats the soccer field like a runway. “Designers see a fame that’s really important to them,” said Godfrey Deeny, editor at large for Le Figaro and editor in chief of Sepp, a biennial soccer and fashion magazine.
Second, they have the right built. Quoted by the same article, Julie Ragolia, the fashion director at Man of the World magazine, said the fashion world’s deep interest in soccer is easy to explain: “They are the perfect sample size. They are not huge like an American football or basketball player. You can take a footballer and put him in a sample, and he’d look 100 percent beautiful.”
Without further ado, here is the list:
1. David Beckham
Of course, he is on the list. He is the one who started it all, successfully integrating and transitioning from a football star to model in his own right. Known for his risqué hair-dos in his early career, David Beckham further cemented his fashion status by marrying Pop-star-turned-successful-fashion-designer, Victoria Beckham.
Beckham fronted two major underwear campaigns, Emporio Armani and H&M.
2. Christiano Ronaldo
Lauded by the media as the next in line to take the throne from David Beckham, Christiano Ronaldo is following the trail to the kingdom of fashion closely by snapping up models to date. Currently dating Irina Shayk, Ronaldo has two underwear campaigns under his belt. One of them has his name written on people’s crotches.
3. Fredrik Ljunberg
This Swedish born football player fronted a salacious underwear campaign for Calvin Klein. He was a model for the brand till 2007, unfortunately ever since then, he has been quite shy in parading his bulge for the world to see.
4. Hidetoshi Nakata
Hidetoshi Nakata is often hailed as the David Beckham of the East. Largely known for his quirky fashion sense outside the football field, Nakata managed to grab the Calvin Klein X underwear campaign alongside Kellan Lutz.
5. Italian National Team
This comes in hordes. We didn’t complain, in fact, we adore Dolce & Gabbana for successfully persuading the entire team to strip to their underwears. A feast for the eyes, indeed.
Honourable Mention: Neymar