World Cup Hottie(s) of the Day: Vanity Fair Shoot

With the World Cup having kicked off today (last night) in Cape Town, South Africa, I thought it’d be appropriate to share with you an orgy of several World Cup Hotties today, rather than just one going solo. Annie Leibovitz recently photographed a handful of of these hotties in their patriotic underpants. I imagine the photoshoot must have been really hot. So hot that they definitely had to hit the showers afterwards. Nothing like like a heterosexual soap down (Jack McFarland)!

Meet the boys of balls…

KAKÁ, Brazil (pictured above)

AGE: 28
CLUB: Real Madrid
POSITION: Attacking midfielder
SALARY: $14 million
ENDORSEMENTS: Armani Jeans, Sony, Adidas, Pepsi.
DISTINCTIVE STYLE: Elegance, power, control, vision—a range of attributes that are very rarely found within a single player. The only thing Kaká lacks is the street-fighter mentality long regarded as a prerequisite for football superstars throughout South America. AND YOU THOUGHT BECKHAM WAS A U.S. MARKETER’S DREAM: When Kaká celebrates a goal, he reveals a God-centric slogan on his undershirt. One of the world’s highest-earning footballers, he is a member of Brazil’s evangelical Rebirth in Christ church, to which he has tithed his earnings. Photographed in Madrid.

DEJAN STANKOVIC, Serbia
AGE: 31. CLUB: Inter Milan. POSITION: Midfielder.

CARLTON COLE, England
AGE: 26. CLUB: West Ham United. POSITION: Striker.

DIDIER DROGBA, Ivory Coast
AGE: 32. CLUB: Chelsea. POSITION: Striker.

MICHAEL BALLACK, Germany
AGE: 33. CLUB: Chelsea. POSITION: Midfielder.

GIANLUIGI BUFFON, Italy

AGE: 32
CLUB: Juventus (Turin)
POSITION: Goalkeeper
SALARY: $7.5 million
ENDORSEMENTS: Pepsi, Puma, Fiat
DISTINCTIVE STYLE: Brick-wall solidity born of natural athleticism and formidable bravery; marshals his defenders with a commanding presence that may or may not owe something to his reputed right-wing political beliefs. YOU BETCHA: In 2006, the same year Buffon anchored Italy’s World Cup—winning team, he was one of several topflight Italian players accused of gambling on football games. He ultimately cleared his name, after pointing out that he placed bets—of up to 500,000 euros at a time—only on horse racing, and that he ceased the practice in 2005 when it was officially outlawed by football authorities. Photographed in Milan.

SULLEY MUNTARI, Ghana
AGE: 25. CLUB: Inter Milan. POSITION: Midfielder.

LANDON DONOVAN, U.S.A.
AGE: 28. CLUB: Los Angeles Galaxy. POSITIONS: Attacking midfielder, striker, winger.

KAKÁ (RICARDO IZECSON DOS SANTOS LEITE), Brazil
AGE: 28. CLUB: Real Madrid. POSITION: Attacking midfielder.

SAMUEL ETO’O, Cameroon
AGE: 29. CLUB: Inter Milan. POSITION: Striker.

PATO (ALEXANDRE RODRIGUES DA SILVA), Brazil
AGE: 20. CLUB: A.C. Milan. POSITIONS: Striker, winger

DIDIER DROGBA, Ivory Coast

AGE: 32. CLUB: Chelsea. POSITION: Striker. SALARY: $7.5 million. ENDORSEMENTS: Pepsi, Samsung, Nike. DISTINCTIVE STYLE: Ask Nemanja Vidic, the rugged Serb Manchester United defender who lost a tooth, suffered a near broken jaw, and required stitches after trying to shackle Drogba during a recent showdown. The London-based goal machine is the living embodiment of the ancient football accolade “vicious but fair” as he lays waste to the best defenses in the world. WE ARE THE WORLD: Drogba became a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Development Program in 2007, and in 2009 he donated a commercial-endorsement fee of $4.5 million toward the building of a new hospital in his native Ivory Coast. It is not known if the facilities will be made available to any opponents who might be injured by Drogba. Photographed in Milan.