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The bold and the beautiful
Running the risk of sounding totally chauvinistic, a large portion of the audience who will tune in to watch the World Cup in South Africa this summer will do so, not for the games, but for the players. As with most things, there are multiple dynamics attached to the game of football. Some watch it to appreciate the 'beautiful game.' Others watch it, just to appreciate the 'beautiful players.' Suffice to say, this article is mostly for the latter.
In Bangladesh, it is not uncommon for most women to nail their colours to that of Italy (it is not uncommon for guys as well), what with all the good-looking men of yore that was on show. But the days of Alessandro Nesta and Paolo Maldini are gone. South Africa 2010 will usher in a brand of new superstars. So without further ado, step up Roque Santa Cruz.
The Paraguayan forward has long been a heartthrob at most of the clubs he has played it. He regaled the maidens of Munich, and has now relocated his boyish charms to Manchester. But for the women, tough luck. Roque is married to sweetheart and bombshell Giselle. Pity to all the broken hearts.
Next up Cristiano Ronaldo, and the Portuguese has a plethora of female following around the world, mostly because of his off-handish good looks, offset by a vociferously maintained figure. Spanish newspaper Marca compared him this season to the Incredible Hulk, but thankfully not in looks.
No mention of good-looking footballers would be complete without Iker Casillas. The Spanish goalkeeper, is not just one of the best shot-stoppers in the world, but his Mediterranean good-looks make him one of the most popular footballers in the world. Add that to his dry humour and intelligence, and Casillas might just be the role model.
And a list such as this would not be complete without the angelic Kaka. Evangelist Christian who is committed to his wife for life, Kaka is angelic off the pitch and untouchable on it. Little wonder that he played in Milan for so long, he probably fit right in. But the man who will make girls swoon, take second looks and stick in front of the television for extended periods is the Frenchman Yoann Gourcuff.
Touted as the natural heir to Zinedine Zidane, Gourcuff's film star looks means that he would be right at home in Hollywood. So, don't be surprised if your significant other braves late night football matches with you this time around. They have their reasons too. Just be careful at France games!
The Liverpool and Spain striker Fernando Torres is one more from Spain who the girls will be staying up nights for. Leave aside his considerable exploits on the field; women have been known to go doe-eyed even when he's sitting injured on the bench. Expect him to be one of the more popular draws among the fairer sex.
Spain seems to be a fine source for football hunks, with the likes of Torres, Casillas and Cesc Fàbregas. The Arsenal and Spain midfielder is a poster-boy for women of all ages. They fawn over him whether he is in his longer-haired avatar, or sporting his recent short-and-spiky look. At twenty-three, he is sure to enthral women for some time yet, starting with this World Cup.
It would be terrible unfair to leave without honourable mentions for footballers' wives and girlfriends. Commonly known as WAGs, a significantly disproportionate number are underwear models and hence well worth a second (third and fourth) look.
WAGs have often been in the news for the wrong reasons, but the truth of the matter is that a lot of them have excellent career prospects and are very well known in their field of work. Take the case of Alena Seredova, the Czech supermodel who was fourth in the Miss World finals of 1998. The partner of Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon also has her own clothing line.
Sylvie van der vaart, is similarly talented. The Dutch model, actress and TV presenter, is married to midfielder Rafael (of the same last name) and they are the David Beckham-Posh Spice of the Netherlands. Currently based in Madrid, Sylvie is also a judge in the German version of Britain's Got Talent.
The Germans are often accused of being boring, but with the quite stunning Sarah Brandner in their ranks, they might develop a strong following. Sarah is currently dating Bastian Schweinsteiger, and the model has done photo shoots for SI and Maxim.
She is often touted as the next big thing from Germany, which is not a bad thing considering the track record of people like Heidi Klum and Claudia Schiffer. And no, we are not forgetting the English. Abigail Clancy, the partner of England's beanpole Peter Crouch (yeah, go figure) is also a model by profession and is quite popular amongst English literate football audiences, mostly for being quite the looker.
No mention of football WAGs would be complete without Cheryl Cole, who ironically, very soon will no longer be one. The soon to be ex-wife of Ashley Cole, is a singer, songwriter and television personality. Her stunning looks and grounded attitude makes her one of the most popular women in all of Britain, and much more liked, than her soon to be ex-husband.
By Quazi Zulquarnain Islam
So you know me diary, lots of free time on my hands, so I thought, why not I answer these questions, and let you be the judge to see to what extent I would go to twist the facts. So here goes...
Q2 Do you think your child knows you?
Q3 Do you think you have the perfect life?
Q4 Work wise what do you dream about?
Q5 How do you define luxury?
Q6 What is your luxury at the moment?
Q7 What is your definition of elegance?
Q8 What is feminity to you?
Q9 What makes a woman beautiful?
Q10 What makes a woman stand out?
Q11 How is your relationship with your body image?
Q12 What are the best things of being middle aged?
Q13 What are your passions?
Q14 What do you do to relax?
Q15 How would you define your character?
Q16 What would you never give up?
Q17 Do you collect anything?
Q18 What is your motto?
Q19 What is your dream of happiness?
Q20 What drives you?
Q21 What is your greatest source of personal fulfilment?
Q22 What is your greatest strength?
Q23 Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Q24 Where would you like to visit?
Q25 What kind of a mother are you?
Q26 What kind of values would to like to pass on to your children?
Q27 What is your biggest flaw?
Q28 What do you hate most?
Q29 A natural gift you would have liked to have.
Q30 Who would be the guests at an ideal dinner friend?
Mini corn muffins
Prawn cocktail bites
Tuna and cheese melts
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