SOCCER’S BIGGEST STARS STRIP DOWN TO THEIR FLAGS
Patriotism has never looked so good. With only 36 days left until the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, soccer’s biggest stars are working hard to get the world, in particular the female population, very excited.
The June issue of Vanity Fair features a spread from famed photographer Annie Leibovitz. Annie traveled all over the world to capture some rather revealing shots of soccer superstars including Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Ivory Coast’s Didier Drogba, Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o, Ghana’s Sulley Muntari, the U.S.A.’s Landon Donovan, Brazil’s Kaká and Pato, Italy’s Gianluigi Buffon, Serbia’s Dejan Stankovic, England’s Carlton Cole, and Germany’s Michael Ballack.
According to the magazine, “In America, these men might not enjoy the same name recognition as the stars of the N.F.L.— that game that we call football — but for most of the planet, they are more than just showstoppers. They are gods.” And they certainly looked like gods as they showed off their chiseled bodies, while wearing their countries’ flags and little else.
Luckily for us, footballers really seem to love posing in their underwear. It’s a shame their World Cup unis will be much less revealing. For now, here’s a peak at the new issue of Vanity Fair and some behind-the-scenes video footage of the steamy shoot: