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10 hottest soccer players in the 2022 FIFA World Cup

Sophia Schreiber
Nike cleats and a soccer ball lay in the grass after a fresh rain. The Men’s World Cup is the world’s most popular sporting event, with billions of viewers watching across nations. In light of the 2022 World Cup held in Qatar, discover 10 players who make the game a lot more exciting to watch!

The 2022 Qatar World Cup is in full swing as six more days of the competition remain. Many players are gaining fame not only because of their phenomenal skills but also because of their dazzling looks. Social media has taken a large part in popularizing players such as Neymar Jr. and Christian Ronaldo, through short video edits on TikTok and current Twitter trends. Here are some of the most attractive world cup players according to users on social media.

João Félix: Portugal

João Félix Sequeira plays as a forward for La Liga club Atlético Madrid and the Portugal national team. This 23-year-old has scored one goal so far in the 2022 World Cup. Félix’s Instagram has over 5.8 million followers, and the TikTok hashtag #joaofelix currently has 1.0 billion views. He’s known for his versatility, creativity, dribbling in the game, and of course his luscious locks.

Image: Joao Felix 2019 / Anna Nessi / Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

Jude Bellingham: England

Jude Victor William Bellingham plays as a midfielder for the Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund and the England national team. Bellingham is 19 years old and has played in all three World Cup matches that England has competed in so far. An edit on TikTok of Bellingham recently received 1.1 million likes.

Image: Bellingham could be heading to Old Trafford / The Mirror / PA Images / CC BY-ND 2.0

Neymar: Brazil

Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, known as Neymar, plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazil national team. Neymar quickly became a football sensation in his hometown of Brazil and played in one 2022 World Cup game before facing an injury. Neymar has blown up on TikTok, evident by this recent TikTok edit receiving 2.1 million likes. With his charming smile and dance moves, who can blame the fans?

Image: Neymar Jr official presentation / Antoine Dellenbach / Wikipedia Commons. / CC BY-SA 2.0

Cristiano Ronaldo: Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo plays as a forward, captains the Portugal national team, and is one of the most well-known football players in the world. Not only was he named the best player in the world by FIFA three times, but he is now the leading scorer in the history of men’s international football. If Ronaldo’s title as one of the “best football players in the world” doesn’t capture your attention, his chiseled body is sure to.

Image: CR7 -COPA 214/ cristiano-ronaldo / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Gavi: Spain

Pablo Martín Páez Gavira, known as Gavi, plays as a central midfielder for La Liga club Barcelona and the Spain national team. This is the 18-year-old’s first World Cup, and he has played in all three of Spain’s matches and has scored one goal so far. Gavi has recently been in the news because the Crown Princess of Spain is allegedly crushing on him, but she’s definitely not the only one! 

Image: Barcelona plan to meet with the representatives of Arújo and Gavi in November / Football Feaver / Pinterest / Pubic Domain

Cho Gue-sung: South Korea

Cho Gue-sung is a South Korean footballer who plays as a forward for Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors and the South Korea national team. This 24-year-old is 6’2 and has scored two goals for his team in the World cup, making him easy to watch in more ways than one.

Image: Busan I’Park VS FC Anyang playoffs 2019 / Tistory/Wikipedia Commons / CC BY 4.0

Christian Pulisic: United States of America

Christian Mate Pulisic plays as an attacking midfielder or winger for Premier League club Chelsea and the United States national team. Pulisic has one goal and one assist currently in the 2022 World Cup. Christian Pulisic Edits is currently trending on TikTok. 

Image: USMNT vs. Trinidad and Tobago/ Erik Drost/ Flickr/ CC BY-2.0

Kevin Álvarez: Mexico

Kevin Nahin Álvarez Campos plays as a right-back for Liga MX club Pachuca and the Mexico national team. This 23-year-old played in two out of the three matches Mexico has competed in the World Cup, and while they did not qualify for the playoffs, Alvarez proudly fulfilled a promise to his father that he would become a professional footballer. He’s also fulfilled the dream of trending on Twitter!

Image: Instagram Photo / Kevinalvarez_c / Instagram / Fair use

Rodrigo De Paul: Argentina

Rodrigo Javier De Paul plays as a midfielder for La Liga club Atlético Madrid and the Argentina national football team. With 6.2 million followers on Instagram, De Paul rocks the bad boy look with two sleeves of tattoos that are irresistible. 

Image: Instagram Photo / Rodridepaul / Instagram / Fair use

Nathan Aké: Netherlands

Nathan Benjamin Aké plays as a defender for Premier League club Manchester City and the Netherlands national team. This 27-year-old has 1.1 million followers on Instagram and keeps his fans updated on his Twitter. While he stays focused on the game, we’re focused on his face.

Image: Good sessions with the team / nathanake / Instagram / Fair Use

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About the Contributor
Sophia Schreiber, Staff Writer
Sophia Schreiber is a senior at Carlmont High School. This is her third year in the journalism program. She plays for her school's volleyball team and loves going out and exploring.  

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    IsabelJan 7, 2023 at 11:35 am

    I like the format of this article great job! Where is Brenden Aaronson tho :'(

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