20 Biggest Metrosexuals in Sports
"Metrosexual." It's a very 21st Century term, but really, it's a label that describes the kind of meticulously styled, well groomed, and self-aware man the world has known since the distinction between 'casual' and 'formal' wear was invented.
From the Bronze Age to the Internet Age, there have always been dudes that go out of their way to look good and embrace the latest styles and fashion trends. Powdered wigs and ivory buttons have simply evolved into finely tailored Armani suits.
So it's not surprising that plenty of athletes can easily fit into the metrosexual category--they have unique physical gifts, piles of money, and fame. The attention these fellas give to their appearance often pays dividends, as some of the most iconic have dated the most beautiful women in the world, as well as extended their reach far beyond the sport.
Hey, there's nothing wrong with wanting to look like someone with a multi-million dollar contract.
These are the 20 Biggest Metrosexuals in Sports.
20. Mark Sanchez, New York Jets
Embattled Jets starting quarterback Mark Sanchez might be having a rough go of it on the field these days, battling the boo birds in his own stadium and battling for the media spotlight with backup QB TimTebow.
But at least Sanchize is a star on the red carpet in the pages of GQ magazine and pretty much anytime he goes somewhere where he's not required to wear a Jets jersey.
19. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
Any athlete that gets a spread in GQ magazine is automatically labeled a metrosexual. I have a subscription to that magazine and I know for a fact that they don't let just any schlub grace those classy pages.
Bulls superstar point guard, Derek Rose, always looks like a million bucks and earns far more than that playing in Chicago. Rose is, by far, one of the best dressed players in the NBA and stores his wardrobe in his condo on the 84th floor of the Trump building in Chicago.
18. Rafael Nadal, Tennis
When he's not tormenting rival Roger Federer on the tennis court, Rafael Nadal spends much of his time modeling men's underwear. And not just any men's underwear, but Armani underwear.
The kind of underwear worn by men who live in a different universe than the average dude.
Nadal is so comfortable half-nude, in black and white, and pouting at the camera, don't be surprised if it becomes a full-time career once he puts down the racket for good.
17. Nnamadi Asomugha, Philadelphia Eagles
Back in 2011 when cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha was looking to get his ass out of Oakland, he was eyeing up the New York Jets because he has acting ambitions after his eventual retirement from the NFL.
He's already been named one of Esquire's best dressed men in the NFL and, according to his IMDB page, he's already got a few acting credits to his name.
16. Patrick Sharp, Chicago Blackhawks
Anyone can look good standing next to the Stanley Cup, but like aged cheese with a fine wine, the appropriately named Patrick Sharp of the Chicago Blacks goes especially well with the legendary trophy.
The well-coiffed Sharp bolstered his metrosexual credentials when he was made coverboy of Chicago Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful Chicagoans.
15. Amar'e Stoudemire, New York Knicks
Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire is more than just a four-time NBA All-Star on the court, he's a man who embraces the New York fashion scene with gusto after joining the team in 2010.
The always impeccably dressed Stoudemire is quick to defend Phoenix's fashion cred, but clearly made the transition to the Big Apple with ease. Already a fixture in New York's Fashion Week, the NBA star is rumored to be dating the equally fab Serena Williams.
14. Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins
Dolphins running back Reggie Bush has a snowball's chance in hell of winning the NFL's rushing title in his career, but at least he'll look good off the field while giving it his all.
Bush is regularly featured on all the style blogs, knocks it out of the park on the red carpet, and just generally looks more like a well groomed movie star than an NFL running back.
13. Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics
Celtics superstar point guard Rajon Rondo might be a force to be reckoned with on the court, but he's also a force to be reckoned with in the fashion world.
Rondo took advantage of some of his 2012 off-season down time by interning at GQ during Fashion Week in September.
12. Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees
Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez has always had the metrosexual vibe, particularly since coming to New York. But it was his ridiculous self-love photo spread in Details magazine that sealed his status forever.
A-Rod is a red carpet regular and is always dressed to the nines when he's not donning the Yankee pinstripes. He's bronzed, beefy and almost always has a C List celebrity girlfriend on his arm.
11. Victor Cruz, New York Giants
New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz came out of nowhere during week three of the 2011 NFL season, catching three passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns in a win against the division rival Philadelphia Eagles.
Cruz quickly emerged as one of the best young receivers in the game, as well as a slam dunk waiver wire pickup for fantasy owners, earning a Superbowl ring and topping 1,500 yards.
Now that Cruz has established himself on the field, fans can sit back and admire the man himself. Named one of Esquire's 15 Best Dressed NFL Players, he's shown that he can also look the part of a bonafide star.
10. Sean Avery, (Maybe) Retired NHL
Retired(?) NHL forward and agitator Sean Avery is a human paradox. Best known in hockey for his aggressive, obnoxious antics on the ice and in the locker room, he has somehow forged a name for himself in the world of fashion.
A self-professed metrosexual who famously has his Vogue internship documented in a reality television show, Avery has channeled his energy into discussing the latest style trends on his blog.
9. Derek Jeter, New York Yankees
Yankees legend Derek Jeter has been the unofficial king of New York for well over a decade. He's dated some of the most beautiful women in the world and has had his share of accomplishments on the field, as well.
The Jeet is also a regular on the pages of men's magazines like GQ, a regular on the New York social scene, and is always a hit on red carpet events such as the ESPYs and New York's Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.
8. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade has spent the last decade as one of the reigning superstars of the NBA. Beyond being one of the best players in the game, Wade is a sports style icon.
As if making multiple appearances in GQ fashion spreads and being a red carpet regular wasn't enough to cement his status, Wade is dating actress and beauty Gabrielle Union.
7. Fredrik Ljungberg, Retired Footballer
During his playing career, Swedish football player Freddie Ljunberg was plagued by gay rumors because of his interest in fashion and eschewing of the typical male athlete persona.
Not that he minded at all; in an interview with the New York Times, Ljungberg said the insinuation made him proud because he has gay friends and many have amazing style.
He's obviously done some modeling in recent years, including underwear ads for designer Calvin Klein.
6. Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers
Los Angeles Dodgers slugger, Matt Kemp, recently graced the cover of ESPN the Magazine's June issue not just because he's one of the best players in Major League Baseball, but also a striking representative of the male species.
Of course, almost anyone can clean themselves up quite nicely if they earn nearly $8 million dollars a year, but I bet Kemp and his dreamy eyes could find a way to pull it off with a minimum wage.
5. Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
Even though the NHL lockout has officially begun, don't expect New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist to have trouble staying busy.
The 2012 Vezina Trophy winner has practically made style and fashion a second career, recently being honored as the "Most Stylish Athlete" at the New York Fashion Week Style Awards. The dashing Swede has graced the fashion pages of the New York Post and GQ, among other publications.
4. Tyson Chandler, New York Knicks
Playing for the Knicks isn't the only thing that draws the NBA's 2012 Defensive Player of the year, Tyson Chandler, to New York City. The city is the fashion capital of the U.S. and Chandler is what one would call a fashionista…but a man.
Maybe a fashionisto? Chandler is routinely featured in magazines, a star on the red carpet at Fashion Week and he's bold enough to wear man capri pants and capes—but not together.
3. David Beckham, L.A. Galaxy
What can I say about footballer David Beckham? No athlete has been as successful both in their game and as a global celebrity and fashion icon.
Blessed with the kind of steamy good looks that occur so rarely in nature, Beckham certainly didn't have to do much convincing that he would look great endorsing your product, featured in your magazine's photo shoot, or walking down the red carpet.
Paired with wife Victoria—aka "Posh Spice"—the two have practically become the royal couple of glamor and style.
2. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Patriots superstar quarterback, Tom Brady, is the NFL's preeminent metrosexual. Brady rocks the black rimmed glasses for no reason, tight jeans and pretty much all the latest fashion trends that he can keep up with thanks to his supermodel wife.
Brady is a regular on red carpets all over the globe, a spokesman for car companies, Under Armour and, of course, UGGs, Australian boots made almost explicitly for women.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo, FC Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo is the single biggest metrosexual in the history of sports. He's cooked to a golden brown, his eyebrows are more meticulously maintained than the gardens at Versailles, and he carries a purse most of the time.
Ronaldo is also one of the many European athletes who has modeled underwear for the famed Emporio Armani and he looks like he'd be sticky to touch.
Now I'm no metrosexual. In fact, I'm probably far manlier than Cristiano Ronaldo on his manliest day. Which is why you should hit me, Amber Lee, up on Twitter. We can make fun of Sean Avery and Cristiano Ronaldo together!
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