8 hunky football stars to watch out for at the 2018 World Cup

The Iranian squad aren’t the only studs that stole our hearts

8 hunky football stars to ogle at the 2018 World Cup
8 hunky football stars to ogle at the 2018 World Cup
15 Jun 2018

8 hunky football stars to ogle at the 2018 World Cup

With the 2018 World Cup in full swing, the heat is definitely turning up for diehard football fans. But if you’re not into the sport, fret not - there’s still plenty to look forward to, what with all the eye candies to feast your eyes on in Russia - and we’re not just referring to the super hot Iranian squad that went viral for their supermodel looks. Here, we’ve put together the most dashing players who will be repping their respective countries at the World Cup - you’ll be surprised how well they clean up!

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The Oppa: Son Heung-min
The Oppa: Son Heung-min
15 Jun 2018

The Oppa: Son Heung-min

Country: South Korea

Son Heung-min, who plays forward for the English Premier League’s Tottenham Hotspur club, was named Best Footballer in Asia in 2017 -- his third consecutive win. But what we’re really interested in is his megawatt smile. We reckon that’s what drew Minah from South Korean girl group Girls’ Day to him? Yup, they used to date back in 2014. 

Catch Heung-min in the South Korea vs Sweden match tonight at 8pm Singapore time.  

Photo: TPG, EPA

The jewel: Paulo Dybala
The jewel: Paulo Dybala
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The jewel: Paulo Dybala

Country: Argentina

Well known for his dribbling skills, the Paulo Dybala plays forward for Italian club Juventus and the Argentina national team. Fun fact: a popular nickname for the accomplished 24-year-old is “La Joya”, Spanish for “The Jewel”. With his aptitude for soccer, the Jewel of Juventus is certainly one to watch at the World Cup.

Photo: EPA, Instagram/@paulodybala

Crypto cutie: James Rodriguez
Crypto cutie: James Rodriguez
15 Jun 2018

Crypto cutie: James Rodriguez

Country: Colombia

Just a few days ago, James Rodriguez launched his own cryptocurrency -- the JR10 Token -- on a blockchain-powered mobile app developed by fintech company SelfSell. "Now I have come to a new field and brought everyone a brand new me", said the Bayern Munich star in an official press release. Apparently, JR10 Token holders enjoy exclusive offers and privileges, such as souvenir products and fan club meetings. Where do we sign up?

Photo: EPA, Instagram/@jamesrodriguez10

Centre(-back) of attention: Maya Yoshida
Centre(-back) of attention: Maya Yoshida
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Centre(-back) of attention: Maya Yoshida

Country: Japan

The suave Japanese footballer takes up the role of centre-back for Premier League club Southampton and Japan’s national team. In 2015, the 29-year-old inked a contract extension with his current club, making him the first Japanese player to sign a second deal at a Premier League team.

​​​​​​​Photo: Instagram/@mayayoshida22

El Matador: Edinson Cavani
El Matador: Edinson Cavani
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El Matador: Edinson Cavani

Country: Uruguay

The Paris Saint-Germain striker reps Uruguay at the World Cup as his country’s second highest goal scorer, having won his 100th cap in March. In fact, the star player has been nicknamed “El Matador” for his intense concentration and commanding presence on the field! Get on his good side, however, and you may be rewarded with a rare smile.

Photo: EPA, Instagram/@cavaniofficial21

Real wunderkind: Achraf Hakimi
Real wunderkind: Achraf Hakimi
15 Jun 2018

Real wunderkind: Achraf Hakimi

Country: Morocco

Not only did Achraf Hakimi win the genetic lottery, the 19-year-old is also the youngest ever Real Madrid player to take part in the World Cup finals. And with 1.3 million followers on Instagram, where Hakimi shares snapshots of his training and time spent with his inner circle, you can be sure he’s one popular, up-and-rising lad.

Photo: Instagram/@achrafhakimi

Father figure: Ki Sung-Yueng
Father figure: Ki Sung-Yueng
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Father figure: Ki Sung-Yueng

Country: South Korea

Previously signed to Welsh football club Swansea, Ki Sung-Yueng will be partaking in his third World Cup this year as captain of the South Korea team. Unfortunately for the rest of us, the hunk is taken -- he is currently happily married to actress Han Hye-jin. The couple have also been blessed with an adorable daughter, Ki Si-on, who was born on 13 September 2015.

Catch Sung-Yueng in the South Korea vs Sweden match tonight at 8pm Singapore time.

Photo: EPA

The irreplaceable: Cristiano Ronaldo
The irreplaceable: Cristiano Ronaldo
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The irreplaceable: Cristiano Ronaldo

Country: Portugal

No list of this nature is ever complete without paying tribute to Real Madrid forward CR7, and we’re not talking about his undergarment collection (although undeniably a distraction!). The football legend (see his hat trick in Portugal's opening match here) and dad of four needs no introduction, having charmed fans on and off the pitch. Speaking of fatherhood, Cristiano Ronaldo is also rumoured to marry his longtime Spanish girlfriend, Georgina Rodriguez, after the World Cup.

Photo:  EPA, Instagram/@cr7underwear

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