Eleven elite footballers from across Europe have been christened as the continent’s best-looking team, according to Europe’s single females.
After polling its female members across the continent on which European footballers they would most like to date, dating service Match has compiled a formidable team of world-beating lookers.
The Home Nations made a respectable showing, with one player each from England (Gary Cahill), Wales (Aaron Ramsey) and Republic of Ireland (Shane Long) making the cut. But it was Spain which supplied most of the line-up, with four players picked, including the most popular player of all, Gerard Pique (husband of Colombian pop star, Shakira).
However, there were some notable omissions from the team. Superstar and sometime underwear model Cristiano Ronaldo is nowhere to be seen, while England captain Wayne Rooney finished way off the pace, picking up fewer votes than any other striker tested. Gareth Bale, the world’s most expensive footballer, got nowhere near the squad, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic also missed the cut by a big margin.
Here’s how Match’s Most Dateable XI lines up:
Kate Taylor, dating expert for Match, comments: “As we’ve all seen this season, the beautiful game doesn’t always go according to the form book. The people have spoken, and while it may seem a raw deal for Rooney and Ronaldo, the results are positively pucker for the likes of Pique and Pelle.”