10 Hottest Italian Soccer Players (According to Jessica)

by Jessica on May 12, 2008

by | May 12th, 2008  

dg1In light of the upcoming Euro 2008 Championships in which Italy’s national soccer team is playing (and favored, at least by some, to win), I thought I’d introduce a lighter side of the sport for those of you who aren’t so terribly interested in the yellow cards or offside calls. I’m calling it: Italy’s hottest footballers.

Just so you know, I’m admitting right up front that this is a biased list. Your choice for #1 Italian soccer hottie might not have made my list, but that’s just it – it’s my list. Of course, your suggestions are welcome in the comments, because I’m also admitting that I haven’t seen every single Italian footballer so I might have missed someone who’s completely worthy of being included here.

At any rate, here are my picks for my top 10 hot Italian footballers (and that means it doesn’t matter who they play for, as long as they’re Italian). They’re not in any real order, except I’ve reserved my pick for #1 for last. The teams each guy plays for are in parentheses after his name. Oh, and there’s a special surprise treat at the bottom of this post. Well, it’s a treat for anyone who likes seeing beautiful men in their underwear, anyway. The rest of you might want to look away.

>> And for those of you not only don’t want to look away but want more of the same, check out the hottest Italian soccer players – part 2! Yes, the hotness continues. Thank goodness.

>> Want some more international footballer hotness? Then check out these hot French soccer players, too.

>> Final note before the pretty pictures – to see many of these guys in moving pictures, check out this musical number from a few years ago when the Italian national team sang a song for charity. Too cute!

  • finiMichele Fini (Cagliari) – There’s something about Fini that makes me think every time I see him play, “He should be a model for Armani suits or something.” I don’t know what it is. It’s like I don’t expect him to be a footballer, I expect him to be a business man. No matter, he’s hot either way in my book.

  • pazziniGiampaolo Pazzini (Fiorentina) – Pazzini has this annoying habit of parting his hair down the middle for games (though perhaps it starts out kind of spiked in a faux-hawk like in this picture, I have no idea), but despite that slight personality flaw I still think he’s a hottie.

  • derosaGaetano De Rosa (Genoa) – Don’t even bring up that he was born in Germany, people, because according to his bio page on the Genoa website he’s an Italian national. And that (in addition to his good looks) is enough for me.

  • gattusoGennaro Gattuso (AC Milan) – While I do sometimes wonder how a man who looks so very hairy can have such a pristinely smooth chest, I still have a very soft spot in my heart for “Rino” (especially when his beard is trimmed properly so that it doesn’t look like it’s about to take over his face).

  • delpieroAlessandro Del Piero (Juventus) – Not only is he hot, Del Piero’s been a goal-scoring machine of late, so that’s an added bonus. I said goal-scoring machine, folks – he’s married. Sheesh.

  • tottiFrancesco Totti (Roma) – I hear that Totti is something of a household joke throughout Italy for reportedly not being very bright. There is, I’m told, a whole series of jokes where Totti is basically the punchline. However, when he’s on form he’s an absolute magician on the pitch. And of course he’s easy on the eyes, which doesn’t hurt. (This is an old picture – his hair is quite short now – but I think those pecs are pretty up-to-date.)

  • toniLuca Toni (Bayern Munich) – Toni left Fiorentina not long ago to play for a German team. He looks here like he’s wondering if we forgive him for leaving his Italian team, doesn’t he? Well, the answer, Luca, is – yes, yes we do. Wait, what was the question?

  • cannavaroFabio Cannavaro (Real Madrid) – Ummm, yeah. I’m just not sure anything more needs to be said here, which is good, because I’m kind of at a loss for words. The only thing I can think of to say is, “Throw in!”

  • maldiniPaolo Maldini (AC Milan) – Whatever the question is, Paolo, the answer is yes. A thousand times yes.

  • pirloAndrea Pirlo (AC Milan) – Pirlo is, without a doubt, my #1 Italian footballer hottie. I adore Pirlo so much that my husband has taken to saying, “your boyfriend is on” every time Pirlo appears onscreen during a televised Milan match. (Yes, I have a tolerant husband.) And now that I know D&G put out this calendar, I’m really annoyed that I didn’t pick up a copy while we were in Milan earlier this year!

So, you may have noticed that there’s an abundance of AC Milan players on the list, yes? Well, since I’m an AC Milan fan, I thought I’d give some love to my team. Also, since I watch more of their matches than other teams, I’m more familiar with the Milan players. Which is, again, why I say you’re welcome to send me your picks for who should be included on a list of the hottest Italian footballers. I may not agree with you, but in the end that’s a good thing – if we all drooled over the same few guys, that wouldn’t be very original. Besides, then only a few guys would be covered in drool. And that’d actually be kind of gross.

And now for your special treat – more Italian footballer hotness! See, after Italy won the 2006 World Cup in Germany, Dolce & Gabbana ran a series of ads using five of the Italian players as models. There’s nothing particularly noteworthy about that fact alone, as many footballers have relatively regular gigs as fashion models on the side. But these ads were noteworthy, as you’ll soon see. They featured three of the fellows I’ve got on my list above, and two others (consider that a bonus).

So, in case you missed these back in 2006, here they are in all their glory for you to enjoy.

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Ooh, isn’t that sweet – showing off the Italian colors right after winning the World Cup! (Notice how Zambrotta and Blasi, clearly taller than the other three, have to stand with their feet further apart so they don’t tower over them. Or maybe they put Rino on a box.)
L-R: Andrea Pirlo, Fabio Cannavaro, Gennaro Gattuso, Gianluca Zambrotta (FC Barcelona), Manuele Blasi (Napoli)

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Ooh! Ooh! After I posted this I found yet another in the D&G series. Yay me! Yay for you!
L-R: Gianluca Zambrotta (seated on floor), Fabio Cannavaro, Andrea Pirlo, Manuele Blasi, Gennaro Gattuso

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And now for something a little more threatening, to ward of anyone who might think they could beat us in 2010, let’s go with black. My only issue with this picture is that Pirlo is shoved into the background. No one puts Pirlo in a corner!
L-R: Fabio Cannavaro, Gianluca Zambrotta, Gennaro Gattuso, Andrea Pirlo, Manuele Blasi

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Ah, color! Lovely.
L-R: Andrea Pirlo, Gianluca Zambrotta, Gennaro Gattuso, Fabio Cannavaro, Manuele Blasi

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How does Gattuso always end up in the middle in these pictures?
L-R: Manuele Blasi, Fabio Cannavaro, Gennaro Gattuso, Andrea Pirlo, Gianluca Zambrotta

But wait, there’s more!

While hunting down those D&G shots, I found other Italian footballers who had performed similar skivvy-modeling duties for the fashion house. These names might not be as familiar to me, but what they’re selling certainly is.

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L-R: Antonio di Natale (Udinese), David di Michele (Torino), Fabio Grosso (Olympique Lyonnais), Massimo Oddo (AC Milan), Marco Amelia (Livorno)

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L-R: Antonio di Natale, David di Michele, Fabio Grosso, Marco Amelia, Massimo Oddo

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L-R: Antonio di Natale, David di Michele, Marco Amelia (on the table), Massimo Oddo, Fabio Grosso

Who are your favorite Italian footballers? Leave a reply in the comments below to share. And if you’d like to see the Italian equivalent on the female side of things, look no further than my post about the hottest Italian women who are dating or married to soccer players!


{ 37 comments }

Mary May 12, 2008 at 11:55 am
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Mama Mia! Are these gorgeous men or are they gorgeous! Just looking at them is fine with me!

Jessica, you have good taste, very good taste!

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RAVEN February 10, 2012 at 8:10 am
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O Ya They are really HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I cant wait tell i find me one of those.

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Victoria May 12, 2008 at 6:44 pm
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sweet jesus! am now questioning why it is i don’t watch more soccer….

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nina May 14, 2008 at 2:29 pm
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i’m speechless,but i’m sure you wanted to add nesta but forgot. lol

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Cherrye at My Bella Vita May 15, 2008 at 12:22 am
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Oh, Jessica. I have been missing these pics!! My all time fav is Fabio, and I’d knock a few off that list, but Oh, sweet Fabio can stay. I also agree with Luca Toni, he is PRESH!

Ah, but Fabio’s smile…nothing else compares. (Uhm, except my husband’s smile, that is!)

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Francesca May 16, 2008 at 7:37 pm
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Madonna!! This page is all kinds of hotness! Great article, Jessica. It’s very, um… informative. Yes, informative :-)

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fmaggi May 18, 2008 at 8:47 am
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Shame that according to some of them, there are plenty of gays in that group! Who, like their non-soccer playing fratelli keep the hot model on hand to dupe the press (and the fans)…I’d pick Fabio for this tendency…for no other reason than the pose…!
fmaggi
http://burntbythetuscansun.blogspot.com

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kitty July 28, 2008 at 5:23 am
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fabio grosso is very beautiful !!!!!!!!

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Greice Anzolin October 18, 2008 at 11:22 am
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Cannaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa *-*

Gostosão, lindo, sexy, sarado e tudo de bom!!

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Renata Gonçalves October 18, 2008 at 11:26 am
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Di Nataleeeeeeeeeeee *-*

Te conheci agora e te achei muito gostoso, lindo… nem sei mais o que dizer…

Beatiful man!! *-*

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Tanali Giraldi October 18, 2008 at 11:32 am
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Kitty…

Grosso it is not for the your peak!

Totti and Alex Del Piero are very sexy!!*-*
Madonna, eles são belissimos!!

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Lilly December 17, 2008 at 7:45 am
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THANK YOU, THANK YOU and THANK YOU again for posting those pictures.

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Jessica December 17, 2008 at 9:45 am
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You’re welcome, Lilly. Glad to be of service. :)

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Hosting February 15, 2009 at 4:02 pm
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Great article, adding it to my bookmarks!

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Roberisco March 20, 2009 at 11:53 am
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Every time i come here I am not dissapointed, nice post

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Rinoa April 2, 2009 at 11:06 am
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Marcooo Cassetti of Romaaa is alsoooo SEXY :D

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Isabella May 28, 2009 at 9:20 am
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I love cannavaro.
So, so so much. And you’re right what more can you say about him? He’s gorgeous!
Thank you for the pics!

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Bri June 1, 2009 at 12:03 pm
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OHMYGOSH OHMYGOSH OHMYGOSH!

Andrea Pirlo is so dang sexy!
Dear lord, thank you for making him! :)

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Leticia June 1, 2009 at 12:09 pm
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It should be illegal for these men to wear clothing. Haha.
Especially Andrea Pirlo, oh baby:)
Jessica, you have the best taste in men!
Agreed.

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Sam June 22, 2009 at 9:08 am
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wow they are H-O-T HOT!!! Would love to meet them!

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Izabella June 25, 2009 at 4:31 am
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Ohlallaaaa;)

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Kirsty June 28, 2009 at 3:17 pm
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Aw Luca Toni is so so so so Hot *drool*
:) great player too

but where is Alessandro Nesta? hes so hot he should be on this list :)

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mariana July 8, 2009 at 5:44 pm
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que los pario!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Sophie July 22, 2009 at 2:32 pm
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I highly approve, but was a bit sad to not see Gianluca Zambrotta on the list. He would make the top of mine (along with del Piero and Pirlo, certainly!). :-) Many thanks for having all the photos together!

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Jessica July 22, 2009 at 8:30 pm
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I hear you, Sophie. In fact, Zambro’s on my other hot footballers list.

http://www.italylogue.com/featured-articles/hottest-italian-soccer-players-part-ii.html

Who can stop at just one? :)

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saba July 25, 2009 at 8:57 pm
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Personally I love the Argentine boys with long hair viva Argentina.

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Michi July 26, 2009 at 2:27 am
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Beh il mio preferito sarebbe Oddo ma non è sulla lista XD Quindi, anche se mi sentieri in dovere di scegliere Gaetano De Rosa per la squadra (FORZA GENOA!!!), sceglierei Del Piero perchè è così cariiino (e sexy!).

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Sophie August 9, 2009 at 1:46 pm
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Sweet! Thanks for passing on the link to the second article. Always appreciated! Quite fabulous. *sigh*
:-)

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sienna August 17, 2009 at 12:01 am
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l’uomo di tutti i ragazzi italiani sono così sexy che cosa possiamo dire che siamo italiano

ti amo ragazzi

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Lisa September 23, 2009 at 12:44 pm
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Thank you God for making Antonio di Natale. Che bello!

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PirlO October 10, 2010 at 3:19 pm
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Pirlo sei il mio maschio, ti adoro, sei perfetto,

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omer December 8, 2010 at 11:05 am
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pilo the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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roofi November 12, 2011 at 11:53 am
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lol, I like the whole of them as the players and as the so hot men,,,,,

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RAVEN February 10, 2012 at 8:14 am
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I would love to have one of them to be in my house at night….

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Charles June 15, 2012 at 5:07 am
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Beautiful!!!

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moses moyoo July 10, 2012 at 9:12 am
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Dear sir / madam
i am from ghana i wanted to know a little more about Mario Baletolli thank you.
Regards Moses

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T Tabassum January 8, 2013 at 7:15 am
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Alessandro Nesta and Filippo Inzaghi forgotten????!!!

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