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This list was really difficult to create because there are far too many sexy men throughout the world of sports. I mean, how could there not be? There are so many sports, and athletes generally have to be physically fit, which always helps in the looks department. From the ball players, to the guys on the links —and everyone in between—athletes are a gift from above. But, after much contemplation, here's a list of the top ten sexiest athletes. Enjoy!
Honorable mentions: Cam Newton, NFL; Sean Rodriguez, MLB; JJ Redick, MBA
10. Victor Cruz, NFL
Cruz started his pro football career just four years ago, but quickly became one of the New York Giants' star wide receivers. The six-foot 26-year-old captured football fans' attentions with his incredible skills, and his charms made him a favorite. He's got a face that's both goofy and cute, and a confident, playful charm most evident in his famous salsa victory dances. The combination makes him as sexy as he is talented.
9. Andrew Ference, NHL
Ference is a 34-year-old defenseman for the Boston Bruins whose good looks, in my opinion, are far too under-acknowledged. He's not even the best known of Bruins players; in terms of talent, Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron get most of the hype, and in terms of looks, Tyler Seguin attracts the most attention. But there is something about his appearance that make him look like a bad-ass with boyish charm, and I find that combination incredibly sexy.
8. Andy Roddick, Tennis
Roddick's looks and talent make him a fan favorite in the tennis community. The six-foot-two, 30-year-old from Nebraska has a clean-cut youthful appearance that makes him sexy both on and off the court. His shy smile, strong shoulders, and muscular arms contribute to his sexiness.
7. Kevin Durant, MBA
Durant is a basketball star currently playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder. In his rookie season, the now 24-year-old earned the title of Rookie of the Year, and has acquired many other awards during his career, which began four seasons ago. But he's got more than just sheer talent; he's also undeniably sexy. He's got a great smile, smoldering features, and looks amazing in his blue uniform. It's safe to say this small forward can score as much off the court as he can on it.
6. Franklin Gutierrez, MLB
Gutierrez is the 30-year-old center fielder for the Seattle Mariners, whose MLB career began in 2005. I don't know much about baseball, but I'd love to get to know Gutierrez. He's got a soft, brooding look that I find incredibly sexy and, as a bonus, he rocks any kind of facial hair style: clean-cut, goatee, beard only, etc— not many men can do that. I have found a new reason for watching baseball.
5. Jake Arrieta, MLB
Arrieta is a pitcher for the Chicago Cubs whose professional career began three seasons ago. The 27-year-old Missouri native is a six-foot-four athlete who couldn't be any more pleasant to the eyes. Clean-shaven or not, the man has perfect features and a smoldering gaze that can melt its beholder. Bottom line, he hits a home run when it comes to being sexy.
4. Mark Sanchez, NFL
This 26-year-old has had a tumultuous career as quarterback of the New York Jets. He put himself on the map when he led the Jets to playoff wins against the New England Patriots two seasons in a row, but since then he and his team have struggled. Still, regardless of what his stats are on the field, one thing that's undeniable is that the California native is gorgeous. His dark complexion, soft features, and adorable smile make him irresistibly sexy.
3. Adam Scott, Golf
I'm not a fan of watching golf, but I'd have no problem checking it out if I got to look at Adam Scott. The 33-year-old Australian hunk has racked up a ton of victories in his professional career, which began in 2000. But it's not his victories that put him on this list. He has a mature kind of sexiness that makes him both the guy you'd fantasize about, and the guy you'd love to take home to your mother.
2. Reggie Bush, NFL
The 28-year-old Bush is a star running back who's been in the NFL for eight years. Having spent most of his career with the New Orleans Saints, he spent the last two seasons with the Miami Dolphins, and has joined the Detroit Lions for the 2013 season. The six-foot athlete also happens to be seriously sexy— so sexy that I forgive him for dating Kim Kardashian (a transgression I don't easily forgive). He's got a perfect physique, dazzling smile and powerful charm.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo, Soccer
Ronaldo is one of the best known players in the game of soccer (or as the rest of the world besides the U.S. calls it, football). He is a 28-year-old Portuguese megastar forward who currently plays for Real Madrid and the Portuguese national team. Soccer fans know him for his stats and his fancy footwork, while the rest of the world knows him for his stunning good looks. He literally puts the sex in sexy. He has a perfect body and smile, beautifully tanned complexion, and sharp features. He doesn't have the best reputation when it comes to personality, but his appearance is undeniably flawless.