10 Hot Footballers Who Will Make You Want To Watch World Cup 2018
Unless you love football, you probably don’t have a reason to watch the World Cup. But here’s an idea: why not watch it for the players? The next time your bae asks you to accompany him to watch football, look out for these 10 great players (who are not Cristiano Ronaldo. Or Lionel Messi!) with nifty legwork, excellent ball skills, and yes great physiques and traffic-stopping good looks.
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From the Japan National Football Team, Yoshinori made his international debut back in September 2014. Since then, this tall (1.78m) football player has scored a total of 49 goals throughout his career that eventually put him in the international spotlight. In 2015, Chelsea made a £4 million ($7.2 million) bid to sign him over to their team, but Muto declined and joined the German club, Mainz, instead, in order to play at his own level. We give him a top marks for humility. If Japan performs well this FIFA season, the boyish forward might just walk away with the best birthday present of his life: He turns 25 on July 15, incidentally the very last day of the 2018 World Cup.
Chosen to play for the Japanese team in this season’s FIFA World Cup, the 31-year-old Japanese footballer debuted internationally back in 2010. With a charming maturity, the Hiroshima-born player tallied a total of 28 goals during his tenure at Urawa Red Diamonds since 2012 — a track record that would come in handy when Japan goes up against Colombia during their first match. This year, marriage is on the cards with yet another celebrity: Tomoaki will be marrying Japanese film and television actress Takanashi Rin, whom he has been dating since 2016.
Ki Sung Yueng
Position: Central midfielder
As the captain of the South Korean National Football Team, this 29-year-old heartthrob made his country proud at the Summer 2012 Olympics Football game, when his team came in as second runner-up. He later helped his team snag a silver at the AFC Asian Cup in 2015. He is known for his superb long-range ball passing and shooting. But alas, Ki is off the market, and there should be no problems finding Instagram shots of him with his wife on Instagram: She is, after all, Korean actress Han Hye Jin. They have a beautiful three-year-old daughter together.
Manuel da Costa
From the Morocco’s National Football Team, da Costa stands at a statuesque 1.94m, owns a bad boy swagger and full sleeve tattoo. The 33-year-old Portguese-Moroccan had quite a nomadic career. He was first with France’s AS Nancy, Dutch’s PSV Eindhoven and then Portugal U-21 (Under 21), before settling down at Lions of the Atlas (a nickname for Morocco’s team). He managed to score two goals that eventually sealed the victory against Uzbekistan in a friendly match early this year in March. Guys who score? We adore.
South American Paulo Dybala, 24, plays for Juventus Football Club and Argentina’s national team. Labelled by the media (including The Independent UK) as Lionel Messi’s “heir apparent”, his playing style is often compared to the latter. The boyish Dybala is known for his versatility as a forward to play in any offensive position — he has been deployed to be a main striker, a centre-forward and a supporting forward before in a few of his previous games.
This year, the 19-year-old Mbappé, who is currently with Monaco’s football club, will play for Paris’ Saint-Germain Football Club. His loan fee to Monaco was reportedly tagged at a cool €180 million (approximately $284 million!), paid by Paris Saint-Germain. And why not? Back with Monaco’s football club, he scored an impressive total of 31 goals in just four years. With this price tag, he’s the second most expensive player the Parisian team had invested in – the first being his teammate, Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior.
Francisco “Isco” Román Alarcón Suárez
Spanish heartthrob Isco plays for Real Madrid and the Spanish national team. He started off his career at Valencia and made his international debut back in 2009 with Spain’s U17 team. This year, he’s a part of Spain’s final squad for the World Cup. As a testament to his outstanding talent, Italian star Marco Verratti once complimented him, telling the reporters that he had “suffered a lot against [the game with] Isco” back in the World Cup qualifiers in 2017. Isco is also remembered for a few memorable game-plays, which include making perfect passes, drifting a shot that scores into the goal’s top corner, as well as the ability to effortlessly dribble through two to three incoming players. This hombre’s got some moves.
Playing for Uruguay’s national team in this year’s FIFA World Cup 2018, 20-year-old Rodrigo Bentancur is known for not only his charming looks, but also his exceptional passing ability. He was noted as a key player for the Uruguay team that emerged champion during the American U-20 Championship in February last year. Not only is he suave, but he’s also a versatile midfielder, who is able to play defensive midfielder, central midfielder and winger roles too.
Arkadiusz “Arek” Milik
After joining the Italian club Napoli for a whooping €35 million (about $55 million) back in 2016, the 24-year-old Polish football star suffered from a series of unfortunate injuries — he tore both of his anterior cruciate ligament, first on his right knee, and then his other knee, within a period of 12 months. Following his recovery, Milik is back for this year’s World Cup. Though he has not won any awards to date, he will always be remembered as that guy who scored the opening goal against Germany and Northern Ireland matches at the UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) Euro Championship in 2016.
Rezaeian will be playing for the Iran National Football Team at this year’s FIFA World Cup. Recognised for his strong dribbling and swift legwork, this 28-year-old Iranian player can be categorised as one of those lookers who are “tall, dark and handsome”. And bearded. Aside from his suave looks, he proved that he has the skills as he won the annual Iranian Pro League in the 2016/17 season together with his ex-team, Persepolis FC.