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Who Are The Sexiest Male Athletes Off All Time?

Isaac Robertson
Published by Isaac Robertson
Fact checked by Donald Christman, BHSc FACT CHECKED
Last updated: October 28, 2021

Many people admire male athletes for their athletic skills, but also their stunning appearance.

Some sportsmen are just breathtaking, and there's no shame in admitting you have a crush on them.

So, in this article, we have decided to single out the 15 hottest male athletes.

Let's take a look at these handsome men, who have impressed us equally with their achievements and smashing looks.

Summary of the Key Findings:

  • Male athletes dominate most sports because there's a far greater number of male participants, and many sports are physically demanding.
  • In football, basketball, and almost every sport, you will find many attractive athletes that fans are crazy about.
  • Athletes are some of the highest-paid people in the world.

15 Hottest Male Athletes

It's no secret that athletes make severe amounts of money from their lucrative careers and brand endorsements.

As public figures, they're constantly under the spotlight—both inside and outside the playing field.

Here are some of the most handsome male players the world has laid its eyes on.

1. Tiger Woods

With his impeccable golfing skills and million-dollar smile, Tiger Woods surely deserves a spot on our list.

In 1997, 21-year-old Woods demolished the Augusta National field after finishing 18 under and winning 12 shots.

This success earned him his first Master's title and first major tournament. Golf was never the same after that stunning feat.

Woods went on to break many records in the sport, including being the youngest golfer to win a Career Grand Slam at a young age.

2. Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant is one of the most remarkable basketball players to ever play in the NBA.

Before joining the Brooklyn Nets in 2019, the 6'10 star played for the Golden State Warriors for three seasons.

In 2017, he won his first NBA championship with his team and did the same the following year [1].

Known as the most lethal scorer in NBA history, Durant can score from anywhere on the court.

This skill has made him an elite player in the association.

3. Henrik Lundqvist

With his sparkly blue eyes and irresistible smile, Henrik Lundqvist can stop hearts as quickly as he does pucks.

The Sweden native is the goaltender for his team, the New York Rangers.

Lundqvist earned the nickname "King Henrik" early in his career for dominating play during his rookie years, with 30 wins in each of his first seven seasons.

He also won the Honken Trophy (given to the goaltender of the year) three consecutive times, from 2003 to 2005.

With all these accomplishments under his belt, Lundqvist has proven that he's more than just a pretty face.

Lundqvist officially quit hockey in 2019 after 15 trophy-laden seasons.

4. Randy Johnson

Portrait image of Randy Johnson

It's hard to take your eyes off 6'8 feet tall baseball pitcher Randy Johnson.

But it's not just his towering figure that makes him a head-turner—Johnson is also a deadly pitcher who can hurl the ball at mind-blowing speeds.

"I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it." - Sandy Koufax, Former Professional Baseball Pitcher

Nicknamed "The Big Unit," Johnson played Major League Baseball for 22 seasons on six different teams, mainly for the Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks.

He's best known as the player with the second-most career strikeouts (4,875) in MLB history. Johnson is also a five-time Cy Young award winner, a 10-time All-Star, and a World Series MVP.

5. Michael Jordan

Our hottest male athletes list wouldn't be complete without the legendary Michael Jordan.

Jordan's career milestones in his 15-season stint in the NBA are exceptional.

We must mention some of the many incredible achievements and titles he won, such as:

  • Defensive Player of the Year title in 1987 and 1988
  • Five-time MVP champion
  • Six-time NBA champion
  • 14-time All-Star
  • Slam Dunk champion

An equally impressive offensive and defensive player, the athlete has a penchant for creating unforgettable moments on the court with his intelligent play and perfect footwork.

Jordan's dominance of the game throughout the '90s may never be seen again.

6. Penny Hardaway

Taking the 14th spot on our list is retired professional basketball player Penny Hardaway.

Hardaway played for the Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks, and Miami Heat.

However, his best years were with Magic, when he was one of the most popular basketball players in the league.

The 6'7 athlete played the point guard position. Unfortunately, Hardaway's recurring knee injuries forced him out of the league.

Despite his early retirement, the star prides himself on accomplishing more than most players in the league did throughout their careers. In four years,

Hardaway became a four-time NBA All-Star and a three-time All-NBA selection [2].

7. Rafael Nadal

One look at Rafael Nadal, and you'll know why he has millions of female tennis fans drooling over him.

However, he's more than just eye-candy on the tennis court.

The tennis player has won 20 Grand Slam singles titles and 36 Masters 1000 titles.

In 2011, Nadal won the Laureus World Sportsman of the year.

After his 9th French Open title, Nadal was dubbed "The King of Clay" for winning every match he played on clay.

However, his success is not limited to clay courts, as he has also won multiple slams on hard and grass courts.

8. Usain Bolt

With his dark brown eyes and superhuman speed, the 6'5 Usain Bolt is one hot sprinter.

The Jamaican runner is an eight-time Olympic gold medalist who earned the title "fastest man alive" after securing three gold medals at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Bolt also notched three Olympic gold medals at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London and broke records once more at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio, when he earned gold medals in the 100- and 200-meter races and 4x100-meter relay.

9. Wayne Gretzky

Wayne Gretzky is a household name, rightfully holding his title as the most dominant player in pro-team sports history.

The handsome hockey legend holds ridiculous stats in the history of the game:

  • He won eight MVPs in a row
  • He's one of the five players who have recorded 150 or more points in a season (a feat he achieved nine times)

He was the only player to score a record-breaking 200-point season (a feat he accomplished four times) [3].

10. John Cena

Portrait image of John Cena

John Cena can slam opponents on the ring and sweep you off your feet at the same time.

Considered one of the most accomplished wrestlers, John Cena is a 16-time world champion, a two-time Royal Rumble match winner, and has won the WWE Championship 13 times.

His charismatic looks and rock-solid physique have also paved the way for his Hollywood career.

He starred in several TV shows such as "Psych," "Saturday Night Live," and "Parks and Recreation."

11. Michael Phelps

The handsome Phelps was born to dominate his opponents in the pool.

The American swimmer has a penchant for breaking world records, having done it 39 times throughout his career. Out of 39 records, 29 were individual, and the rest were relay races.

His most outstanding achievement is his collection of 28 medals—a feat that no other Olympic athlete has accomplished.

With such a sculpted body, it's no wonder that handsome 6'4 tall Phelps is considered one of the hottest swimmers of modern times.

12. Kobe Bryant

The late "Black Mamba" will always be remembered as one of the most successful players of all time.

Bryant earned three championship wins in the early 2000s, but he began to shine when he won MVP in 2008.

He led his team to another Finals win and was hailed as the Finals MVP the following year.

The five-time NBA champion may not have been as athletically gifted as the other greats, but he made up for it with impeccable basketball talent and playing skills.

Bryant was everything you'd want in a basketball player, from his clean footwork to his signature fadeaway jump shot.

13. Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the most attractive men globally who has lived an illustrious sports career.

Ronaldo is regarded as the greatest football player, with five Champions League trophies (four with Real Madrid and one with Manchester United) and countless domestic titles under his name.

Ronaldo also holds the Guinness World Record as the top international goalscorer in men's football history [4].

14. David Beckham

Taking the second spot on our list is the insanely attractive David Beckham.

He made his first-team debut at 17, beginning his professional club career with Manchester United.

Beckham is also the first English player to win league titles in four countries: Spain, France, England, and the United States.

Although he permanently left the soccer field in 2013, Beckham's popularity hasn't waned a bit.

15. Tom Brady

Coming in at the top spot is the football legend and NFL powerhouse- Tom Brady.

The NFL player continues to dominate the sport and is unanimously deemed as the most successful quarterback of all time.

The seven-time Super Bowl champion played his first 20 seasons with the New England Patriots before being traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020.

Luckily, we'll see more of this quarterback in the NFL as his current contract runs through the 2022 season. Of course, there's always the possibility of extension.

Final Thoughts On The Hottest Male Athletes

More than their striking looks, these male athletes deserve our admiration for their sportsmanship and fierce love of the game.

Their intense desire to excel in their craft is what makes them truly hot, at least by our standards.

We hope you enjoyed seeing your favorite players on this list.


References:

  1. https://www.nba.com/news/top-moments-durant-back-to-back-finals-mvps
  2. https://bleacherreport.com/articles/306144-hall-of-famer-michael-jordan-respected-penny-hardaways-fearlessness
  3. https://www.si.com/hockey/news/10-hilariously-ridiculous-stats-to-illustrate-wayne-gretzkys-dominance
  4. https://www.news18.com/news/football/guinness-world-records-honours-cristiano-ronaldo-for-becoming-highest-scoring-man-in-international-football-4161830.html

 

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