We watch sports for the thrill, excitement, and passion we feel for our favorite teams.
But let’s face it: Sex appeal is a huge part of which athletes and sports we end up following.
Bottom-tier athletes can become stars on the sheer force of their sexiness, and star players can become crossover celebrities with enough good looks.
So who are the sexiest athletes alive?
We chose 50 men and women from across the sports landscape who are astonishingly good-looking and still relevant to their sports. They are sexy because of their abs, smiles, eyes, hair, pecs, and biceps, but also because of their dance moves, fashion choices, and bubbly senses of humor.
They each have a unique brand of sexiness that grabbed the attention of the public and helped them become more popular than they might have been otherwise.
#50 Hope Solo
U.S. Women’s National Team (soccer)
She’s one of the more polarizing female athletes in sports, and is prone to confrontations with the media. But she doesn’t get that status without the sex appeal that — combined with her goaltending in the 2011 World Cup — made her a mainstream star in the first place.
#49 Tally Hall
Houston Dynamo (soccer)
Soccer players might be in better shape than any other collection of athletes. Hall is no exception.
He’s one of the top goalies in MLS and he looks darn good doing it.
#48 Dustin Johnson
Johnson has one of the most consistent five o’clock shadows on tour. He’s also dating Wayne Gretzky’s often scantily-clad daughter Paulina Gretzky.