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PHOTOS: The 10 Most Sinfully-Sexy Men Of The World Cup

The FIFA World Cup starts today in Brazil, which means we will have the distinct pleasure of watching sexy male soccer players in very short shorts scamper across the field, sweating and grunting and occasionally groping one another. What did we do to deserve such an honor?

The FIFA World Cup is a big deal. Not only because of the delicious eye candy, but because it’s basically the Super Bowl of soccer, only on an international stage.

Scroll down to see the 10 most sinfully sexy World Cup players.

Mario Balotelli 

We love Mario Balotelli (Italy) because he’s not shy when it comes to peeling off his shirt on the field. And he has just the right amount of toneage. Muscular, but not too muscular. With a very cute face to boot!

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Xherdan Shaqiri

Pint-sized, left-footed, 22-year-old Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland) would be the definition of a “pocket gay”… if only he were gay. Sigh.

Kevin-Prince Boateng

In addition to having some mad dribbling skills, Kevin-Prince Boateng (Ghana) is covered in tattoos. Fewer things get us more excited than a heavily-inked man in cleats.

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Tim Cahill

While we’re on the subject of heavily-inked men in cleats, we thought we’d mention Tim Cahill (Australia), who spends about as much time on “most sexy men in sports” lists as he does on the soccer field.

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Nani

Holy six pack! 27-year-old Nani (Portugal) truly has abs of steels. His ripped abdominal muscles – not to mention his soccer playing skills – are second only to fellow Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Speaking of Mr. Ronaldo, our list would not be complete without at least a few shirtless photos of the fabulous (and fabulously paid) forward.

Lionel Messi

How can you not love Lionel Messi’s (Argentina) deep dimples and beaming brown eyes? He’s like an Argentine cherub. We just wanna squeeze him!

James Rodríguez

22-year-old James Rodríguez (Colombia) reminds us kind of Colombian, soccer-playing version Tom Daley. He has the same toned, twinkish physique and innocent baby face, and he knows how to pose without looking like he’s posing for the camera.

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Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale (England) won’t actually be competing in this year’s World Cup, but we wanted to include the professional footballer on our list because, well, look at him! Woof.

Nacer Chadli

We like Nacer Chadli (Belgain) because he’s ridiculously good-looking and because he makes really intense facial expressions on the field, which make it easy to imagine what his O face looks like.

Oliver Giroud

As a bonus to our list, we thought we’d add Oliver Giroud (France). The 27-year-old striker kind of reminds us of David Beckham, minus the nauseating overexposure. Though we wouldn’t mind seeing him a little more exposed, if you know what we mean.