Athletes or sports stars are not only at their best on the field as they run behind a ball or wrestle their way to glory, but also completely amazing when it comes to body care and fitness. Their healthy diets and the copious amount of working out they do enables them to get smashing bodies that are the stuff of dreams for runways and photographers. This has led to so many athletes who endorse brands, do product placements, and advertisements into taking up modelling as well now and then.
Modelling is also lucrative as an industry for a lot of sports persons once they are through with their professional stance in their sport and their heyday is over. This helps them stay in contact with their fans, build a public image based on health, fitness and advertisements and keep being relevant. Sometimes, they also model for a cause!
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The following is a list of male athletes who are also into modelling:
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Cristiano Ronaldo: Huh, this was pretty expected, right? Cristiano Ronaldo or CR7, as he is lovingly called, has a host of brand endorsements to his name, and copious followers gushing over his gorgeous face and his near perfect physique. He is also the poster boy for physical transformation, being a lanky teenager when he first started in the world of football, and then slowly engaging with trainers and hours of work on the field and in the gym to achieve the fitness level he is on at this point. The plus point is that he has maintained it over years. He has modelled for sports brands, magazines, commercials and so on, catering to all the dreamy eyes out there!
Freddie Ljungberg: At 41, this former Swedish winger and current assistant manager of Vfl Wolfsburg is still the hottest guy on any field. When he is not managing the Swedish team, Ljungberg is usually busy with all the brand endorsements he does. If you all remember 2003, then you will also have a pretty accurate idea about the kind of buzz Calvin Klein created when they signed him on as their underwear model. With a physique to die for, Ljungberg has modelled for so many brands that he has probably lost count of them all. Some include Proctor and Gamble, L’Oreal, Puma, ESPN and so on;
Hidetoshi Nakata: Hidetoshi Nakata, Cavaliere OSSI is a former professional Japanese footballer who is quite the eye catcher. He is not only considered one of the most amazing and popular footballers from Japan, but is also a real example of the tall, brooding and handsome saga. Nakata has modelled for the GQ Magazine over and over again, being featured in their 2007 as well as 2011 issues. He has also claimed to be obsessed with fashion and is quite the fashionista when he wants to be. Once again, Calvin Klein has featured him in their advertisements and gotten huge benefits;
Russell Westbrook: Anything to be said about this basketball player will prove to be less. With a physique to die for, a career to applaud and take inspiration from and a jaw that square, Westbrook will definitely not let you see west, that is, you will be looking at him if he pops up on any magazine cover. Belonging to the basketball league under the Oklahoma City Thunder, this American basketball player smashes basketballs into the baskets on the court and people’s hearts off of it. Westbrook has serious sports accolades to his name, including his gold medals the two times he played with the National Team, in the FIFA World Championship in 2010 and in the Olympics in 2012. In 2012, he collaborated with Kings and Jaxs Boxer Briefs and in 2015, he turned into Marketing Creative Director for popular denim brand, True Religion;
Rafael Nadal: Well, who has not heard of this tennis legend? Sometimes affectionately called the King of Clay by his fans, Nadal is considered to be the greatest of all clay-court players in the world now. Nadal has followed in the footsteps of Andre Agassi and is now through with his Career Golden Slam, with 14 Grand Slam Singles, 16 ATP World Tour 500 tournaments, 27 ATP World Tour 1000 tournaments and a gold medal in the Singles section in the 2008 Olympics, all to his name. He is the brand ambassador of Emporio Armani underwear and Armani Jeans.
So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and read up more on these male athletes who are also models, or maybe look up the GQ Magazine issues which have their photographs in them. Maybe, check out their inspirational turns and pick out someone to follow if you want to make it big like them, in the world of fashion, modelling, sports or maybe all?