The Top 50 Beautiful Players In World Football: Round Table Discussion

Roberto Alvarez-Galloso@AlvarezGallosoChief Writer IDecember 27, 2010

The Top 50 Beautiful Players In World Football: Round Table Discussion

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    Mia HammAl Bello/Getty Images

    I had the honor of reading the 50 Ugliest Football Players by Angela Asante.

    Her article inspired me to work on the beauty of football. I am not only talking about looks, but about the inner beauty of the players.

    It has not been an easy task but someone had to do it. I present my opinion of the 50 most beautiful football players in a sport which is dubbed the "beautiful game".

    I have decided to celebrate the New Year by making this a round table discussion. I invited the following people who are my fellow writers and friends.

    1. Sabrina Dessipe: B/R Writer

    2. Angela Asante: B/R and Live Soccer TV Writer

    3. Isaac Asante:B/R and Live Soccer TV Writer

    4. Saura Bhattacharjee: B/R Writer and Chelsea Supporter

    Please feel free to sit back, relax, and enjoy.


Mia Hamm

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    Mia HammRobert Laberge/Getty Images

    I have decided to start with the icon of US Women's Soccer whose name is Mia Hamm.

    Mia Hamm was a forward for the US Women's National Soccer Team during the 1990s. She was one of the pioneers of the sport and made it popular at a time when football/soccer was beginning to get a foothold in America.

    Mia Hamm started at the tender age of 15 in 1987 and took US Soccer by a storm with her style which was dynamic and attacking at the same time.

    She was the US Female Soccer Athlete of the Year for Five Consecutive Years during the 1990's. Mia Hamm was also the leading scorer with 158 goals and 142 assists within 458 points.

    Mia Hamm is the recipient of the 2009 Heissman Humanitarian Award for her work in helping transplant patients via the Mia Hamm Foundation.

    Her foundation is also dedicated to giving opportunities for women in sports. Mia Hamm is the example of how beauty can be more than skin deep.

Abby Wambach

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    Abby WambachJonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    Abby Wambach was recently named 2010 Athlete of The Year for US Soccer. She started as a striker for the US Women's National Team in 2001 and proved to the world that no one can underestimate the USA in soccer.

    It was with her participation that the USA was able to qualify for the Women's World Cup to take place in 2011. One of the games that she participated in was the US win over Costa Rica in November 2010.

    Abby Wambach deserves admiration for traveling to Rwanda in 2006 for the Right To Play Foundation. The purpose was to help the foundation in its goal of using sports and play as a way of helping those children who do not have an advantage.

    She dedicated her time to help the children of a country that is still recovering and rebuilding after suffering from a genocide of three months duration. Many people in Rwanda have thanked her for her efforts in bringing happiness to a country that needs it.

Nicole Barnhart

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    Nicole BarnhartMike Zarrilli/Getty Images

    Nicole Barnhart was a goal keeper for the US Women Soccer Team participating in the 2007 FIFA Womens World Cup and the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She played back up as a goal keeper.

Hope Solo

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    Hope SoloVictor Decolongon/Getty Images

    Hope Solo is another institution in US Women Soccer and one of its gems. I say this not just in the external but the internal sense.

    She raised money for breast cancer awareness in St. Louis, Mo.

Chicharito Hernandez and More To Come

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    Javier HernandezChris Brunskill/Getty Images

    Chicharito Hernandez has been described by many women in Miami Florida for his looks. Many female journalists in Latin America have wanted to interview him and many who have returned impressed.

    Since I have reached my limits on who is the best, I have decided to include the participants in the round table discussion.

Samuel Eto'o

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    Samuel Eto'oValerio Pennicino/Getty Images

    Sabrina Dessipe:

    Eto’o is one of the best players in the world. While some of his antics may not be squeaky clean, he has done well by speaking out against racism in football. Also, I think he’s good-looking.

Iker Casiilas, Xavi Alonso, Fernando Torres, Robin Van Derpiese, Theo Wolcott

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    Xavi AlonsoJasper Juinen/Getty Images

    Sabrina Dessipe:

    The obvious Fernando Torres Iker Casillas Xabi Alonso, and most of the Spanish national team. Robin Van Persie and Theo Walcott of Arsenal count as well.

    Because not only are they very talented they are good looking and are generally good guys and truly care about he teams they play for. Especially Iker he is the definition of a Madridista.

    And RVP is in many fans opinion the MVP for Arsenal and is very skillful.

    Theo Walcott, if you’ve ever heard him speak is very well spoken and you can tell he’s a really nice person, not to mention arguably the fastest player in the EPL.

    I’d like to add Eduardo da Silva. He’s a very hard worker and has shone his resilience even after a career threatening injury had him sidelined and people feared that he wouldn’t be able to play again. But he came back and is now captain at Shakhtar Donetsk

Cristiano Ronaldo?

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    Cristiano RonaldoDenis Doyle/Getty Images

    Isaac Asante:

    Hmm… I personally don’t find any player handsome ... but here are footballers that could be added to this list while expecting the public’s warm acceptance:

    - Cristiano Ronaldo
    - Miguel Torres
    - Sergio Aguero
    - Jose Antonio Reyes (maybe you won’t agree for this one)
    - David Beckham (this is for the public, because I personally don’t find him great-looking at all)
    - Kevin-Prince Boateng
    - Gerard Pique (he is awful in my opinion, but people find him very good-looking)
    - David Villa (he kinda reminds me of Enrique Iglesias, at times…)
    - Pedro Leon Sanchez
    - Pedro Rodriguez (well, not too sure about this one)
    - Huddlestone

    This is pretty much it for now … finding 50 won’t be easy because players are quite ugly for me.

Messi, Del Piero, Zidane?

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    Leo MessiJasper Juinen/Getty Images

    Saura Bhattacharjee:

    I think Lio Messi (he’s cute and adorable), Del Piero (the Jesus of football), Zidane (his personality).

    Roberto Alvarez-Galloso:

    Messi is one of the greatest in inner beauty. Anyone who could withstand the insults from Maradona deserves my praise. Zidane is another case. Del Piero is an interesting selection.

    What is your opinion of Chicharito Hernandez?

    Sabrina Dessipe:

    Chicharito you can include. Messi (if you’d like to) but I don’t think he’s that attractive.

    Roberto Alvarez-Galloso:

    Thank you Saura and Sabrina for your observation.

Understanding The Meaning Of Beautiful

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    Angela Asante:

    Firstly, we’ll have to understand the meaning of the word “beautiful”. I’m sure the majority of the public will go for the looks but put aside the character of a player since the inner side of a person can easily appear as a sensible subject. On the contrary, judging the beauty of a player only upon his facial appearance is something that the eye can do through one glance—and that’s exactly what I want to discuss after covering the “50 ugliest footballers in the world” topic.

    My personal opinion? I’m a fan of Cristiano Ronaldo’s style of play but I’m far from being attracted by his physical appearance, remarkably. I will go Barcelona’s Manuel Nolito and Atletico Madrid’s Sergio Aguero as football’s prettiest players. Sevilla’s Konko, AC Milan’s Kevin-Prince Boateng, Marseille’s Dede Ayew and also Yoann Gourcuff as well as Rafael Marquez … these five players could also make the cut based on my opinion.

    I guess others will name players such as Gerard Pique, Mesut Ozil, Sergio Ramos and even Fernando Torres as Sabrina Dessipe suggested earlier on. Interestingly, the players mentioned seem to have one thing in common, and that’s aggression on the ball and the desire to make the most of their playing minutes on the field.


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    Mia HamRobert Laberge/Getty Images

    While I have been trying to cover the top 50 Beautiful Players in the Beautiful Game called Football/Soccer, the conclusion was that it was a difficult task.

    The rest of the participants of the round table discussion were able to get almost half. At the same time, we also defined the concept of "beautiful".

    My thanks to Sabrina Dessipe, Angela Asante, Isaac Asante, and Saura Bhattacharjee for their participation in this round table discussion and slide show.

    The important thing is that at least everyone who participated enjoyed and I hope the readers enjoy it as well.

    I close by wishing a Happy New Year to everyone at Bleacher Report including those who participated in the Round Table Discussion, the staff, and the readers.