Then there were eight.
Only eight teams are left in the FIFA World Cup and we’re really getting excited now.
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France, Croatia, England, Uruguay, Brazil, Belgium, Sweden, Russia and will battle it out in the quarterfinals, making for a good holiday weekend of game watching.
We’ll be watching, for sure, and promise to focus on the goals and not the players’ physical attributes. But we at Miami.com have to admit these athletes aren’t exactly hurting in the looks department. We found the hottest 10 soccer stars when this whole thing started up last month, but now that we’re down to the wire, our list has changed.
Here’s the pick of the litter.
Martin Cáceres, defender: That man bun, those strong cheekbones, the slicked back hair. You had us at Hola.
A post shared by Martín Cáceres (@martincaceres_7) on Dec 30, 2017 at 3:02pm PST
Axel Witsel, right winger: When all this soccer stuff is over, this fine gentleman may want to star as a young Lenny Kravitz in an upcoming biopic.
#Belgium cut it close but they made it, which means we'll get to see more Witsel in action #yaaasss #axelwitsel . . #worldcuphotties #worldcup #worldcup2018 #worldcuprussia #worldcuprussia2018 #gatosdacopa #copadomundo #copadomundo2018 #copa #russiaworldcup2018 #russia2018 #copa2018 #belgica
A post shared by World Cup Hotties (@worldcuphotties) on Jul 3, 2018 at 3:43am PDT
Alisson Becker, goalkeeper: If he doesn’t remind you of a Hemsworth brother, you may want to get your prescription strengthened. So what if he has a woman’s name? We can live with that.
A post shared by Alisson Becker (@alissonbecker) on Oct 18, 2017 at 9:49am PDT
Sebastian Larsson, midfielder: If Leonardo DiCaprio mixed his DNA with a blond female, we’re pretty sure this guy would be the result. Who’s up to see the Titanic sequel?
A post shared by missgwee (@missgwee) on Jun 23, 2018 at 11:44am PDT
Ruben Loftus-Cheek, midfielder: Oh, dear. We know a few choice words to describe this bloke, but we’re not sure the Queen would approve.
Vedran Ćorluka, centerback: He’s boyishly handsome with an adorably floppy, ’80s haircut. What’s not to love? Oh, he also has a cute dog.
A post shared by Vedran Ćorluka (@corlukav05_14) on Mar 31, 2017 at 3:39am PDT
Oliver Giroud, forward: Normally, we’re not big tattoo fans, but we really cannot complain in this instance. Two words: Mon dieu.
Dear Olivier Giroud, hold me tight and never let go!!! #france #oliviergiroud . . #worldcuphotties #worldcup #worldcup2018 #worldcuprussia #worldcuprussia2018 #copadomundo #copadomundo2018 #copa #russiaworldcup2018 #russia2018 #copa2018 #gatosdacopa #frança
A post shared by World Cup Hotties (@worldcuphotties) on Jun 30, 2018 at 7:09am PDT
Igor Smolnikov, defender: He’s not the most smiley guy on the field, but if he’s out there, you know this man’s man has got your back.
A post shared by Mike Dengin (@mikedengin) on Dec 19, 2015 at 4:24am PST