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Some of the World Cup’s finest.

The award for Best Job Ever goes to Annie Leibovitz who traveled to Madrid, Milan, London, and Brooklyn to photograph muscled soccer stars in their skivvies.

JUNE’S ISSUE OF Vanity Fair features some of the biggest names in the upcoming 2010 World Cup, starting with right on the cover. Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Ivory Coast’s Didier Drogba, the US’s Landon Donovan, Brazil’s Kaka and Pato, and Germany’s Michael Ballack are among the boys to bare all (or most).

Their one choice of garment? Underwear featuring their country’s flag. The publicity stunt has captured the attention of fans around the globe, because to some people, these athletes “are more than just showstoppers. They are gods.”

Naturally, when stripping down a bunch of “gods,” many of whom are rivals of one another, drama is inevitable. Ronaldo is ticked off because he’s on the cover right next to his arch enemy, Drogba.

Ronaldo is also unhappy about how he’s portrayed, and is threatening to sue the magazine. However, he has been voted as the top World Cup pin up by a Dutch gay magazine for two years in a row, so objectification shouldn’t come as such a surprise to him. Perhaps he’s annoyed about sharing the spotlight with others?

Check out the video for some highlights of the shoot.

So what exactly does Vanity Fair hope to accomplish with the June issue? Perhaps they’re trying to appeal to a wider audience, or maybe they figured it was time to drool over scantily clad men on the cover of magazines rather than women.

Whatever the case, soccer just became a lot more appealing to me.

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What do you think of the Vanity Fair photo shoot? Shameless self-promo, all-around fun, or a surefire way to get even more people interested in the World Cup?

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  • Ana

    Eye candy!!!

  • Lindi Horton

    This makes my day… To sue or not to sue, just give me the gorgeous pictures!

  • http://alainarose.wordpress.com Alaina

    I’m swooning over that pic! I think I’m gonna have to watch the World Cup now…and/or go out and buy Vanity Fair ASAP when I’m home :)

  • http://joshywashington.wordpress.com joshywashington

    josh gets up from his seat, does 17 jumping jacks, 2 sit ups, realizes (for the 3rd time this morning) he is indeed not Ronaldo and sits back down…

    • http://www.kaleidoscopicwandering.com JoAnna

      It takes 18 jumping jacks, @joshywashington, 18 of them.

  • Kathy

    I’m SURE that spoiled brat crybaby Ronaldo (I *am* rather opinionated about some footballers :-) ) is upset about sharing the spotlight. But he’s not actually in any of these pictures or the video. Which makes them much more enjoyable for me.

  • http://www.candicedoestheworld.com Candice

    I guess this means that I have to imagine all the players in their underwear now when I’m watching.

  • http://www.madridwithlove.blogspot.com Alexandra

    I can’t help but go out and buy this now!! haha So excited for the cup!

    P.s. Ronaldo, while a great player, is overrated and a diva (in the personality/looks dept.) ugh.

  • http://italie.dovolena123.com Curtis Cruz

    I’m SURE that spoiled brat crybaby Ronaldo (I *am* rather opinionated about some footballers ) is upset about sharing the spotlight. But he’s not actually in any of these pictures or the video. Which makes them much more enjoyable for me.
    +1

  • http://annemerritt.blogspot.com Anne

    I’ve had that issue of Vanity Fair on my desk for weeks now. Haven’t even bothered cracking it open. Matadorians be warned, it’s distracting.

  • http://anniespickns.wordpress.com/ Ann

    or maybe they figured it was time to drool over scantily clad men on the cover of magazines rather than women. – AND WHAT’S WRONG WITH THAT!!!!

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  • Radhika

    MAN CANDY OMNOMNOM. And this, ladies & gents, is why I watch the World Cup.

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