World Cup Series: Top 5 Hottest Ads of Footballers in Their Underwear

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.

Italian National Team for Dolce & Gabbana 2006
Italian National Team for Dolce & Gabbana

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.

David Beckham for H&M
David Beckham for H&M
David Beckham for Emporio Armani
David Beckham for Emporio Armani

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.

Christiano Ronaldo for Emporio Armani
Christiano Ronaldo for Emporio Armani
Christiano Ronaldo for CR7
Christiano Ronaldo for CR7

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.

Fredrik Ljungberg for Calvin Klein
Fredrik Ljungberg for Calvin Klein

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.

Hidetoshi Nakata for Calvin Klein
Hidetoshi Nakata for Calvin Klein

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.

Italian National Team for Dolce & Gabbana 2006
Italian National Team for Dolce & Gabbana 2006
Italian National Team for Dolce & Gabbana 2006
Italian National Team for Dolce & Gabbana 2006
Italian National Team for Dolce & Gabbana 2006
Italian National Team for Dolce & Gabbana 2006
Italian National Team for Dolce & Gabbana 2006
Italian National Team for Dolce & Gabbana 2006

Honourable Mention: Neymar

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