Soccer's Biggest Stars Strip for Vanity Fair

05/04/2010 at 11:45 AM EDT


Ladies, you now have a reason to like soccer. Several reasons, in fact.

With the World Cup approaching, Vanity Fair is publishing some revealing photographs of many of the sport's biggest stars – wearing a lot less than they will in South Africa when the games begin next month.

Among the hunks showing off their battle-ready physiques in the Annie Leibovitz portraits: Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, Ivory Coast's Didier Drogba, USA's Landon Donovan, Cameroon's Samuel Eto'o and Brazil's Kaká. For an added dose of patriotism, each player strips down to underwear designed in the colors of his nation's flag.


Leibovitz traveled to Milan, Madrid, London and Brooklyn for the photo shoots.



South Africa is hosting this year's World Cup, the first to be played on the African continent. The tournament begins June 11 with the host nation taking on Mexico in Johannesburg. The final will be played July 11 on the same field.

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