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Are These Fictional Soap Opera Soccer Players Portraying the Real Life Sex Lives of Pros?

Do you watch Argentinian television? Congratulations, you’re already more qualified to write this post than I am! But I do know a little something about watching TV shows about cute guys in the locker room, and everybody knows something about soccer thanks to the World Cup, so at least pretend to pay attention?

Botineras, the Argentinian soap opera, features teammates Manuel and Lalo (played by the straight actors Cristiano Sancho and Ezequiel Castaño), who are falling for each other! Hotness, right? Except, as if this were an episode of Law & Order, the peanut gallery (read: viewers) are thinking the plot line might be mirroring some real life antics of actual pro soccer players. Escándalo! Relays Rumor Rat:

Soccer legend and Argentina World Cup coach Diego Maradona even went on the defensive after rumors that his PDAs with team-members amounted to more than just a physical expression of encouragement and congratulations.

“No I have not gone limp-wristed,” Maradona homophobically told the press after one of his team’s World Cup wins. “But I like to acknowledge and congratulate my players when they play as well as they did today. That was a pleasing result and display. It was a job well done.”

Oh, it also gets hotter. These scenes aired a couple months ago on Argentinian television, but they’re still fresh while we’re still discussing the World Cup, yes?

This one pretty much sums up their relationship’s development: