We watch sports for the thrill, excitement, and passion we feel for our favourite 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 humour.
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.
U.S. Women's National Team (soccer)
She's one of the more polarising 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.
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.
Vanessa-Mae is a renowned violinist. Now she's trying to qualify for the Sochi Olympics as a skier for Thailand.
Wozniacki's tennis game has fallen off, but she's still dating golfer Rory McIlroy and she's one of the most well-known female players in the world.
Tiger was at the center of a sex scandal the likes of which the sports world has never seen. Obviously there's something attractive about him, and he makes golf pretty sexy.
San Francisco 49ers
Kaepernick has a unique look from the rest of this list. But the guy exudes sexiness.
From the tattoos to the perfectly chiseled abs, Kaepernick is basically the definition of sexy.
She had a great 2013, finishing in the top 10 in six of the 21 events she played in.
She's probably one of the most well-known female golfers in the world, not because she's so dominant, but because of her good looks and off-the-course fashion choices.
Harper is super confident.
He's good and he knows it. And he's only 21 so he has many more years to get even sexier.
Rafael Nadal tears people apart with ease on the tennis court, and he looks really good doing it.
His smile is perfect, his eyes look into your soul, and his hair is perfectly coiffed. Did we mention he's from Spain?
Adrian Peterson has the best and most contagious smile in the NFL, hands down.
He's just adorable, and also an absolute beast on the football field.
Novak is one of the goofier elite athletes in the world. But he's also in phenomenal shape and shows more personality than Federer and Nadal.
Shane Battier just keeps getting better with age, much like George Clooney.
His big brown eyes and perfect scruff are totally irresistible. He also happens to play for one of the best teams in the NBA.
Kirilenko had her best year ever on the court, reaching the top 10. Off the court, she formed one of the best power couples in sports with NHL player Alex Ovechkin.
San Antonio Spurs
Tony Parker is tall, buff, handsome, and French.
If that's not sexy, we're not sure what is.
Italian beach volleyball player
Marta looks like a model and she plays a sport that requires its athletes to wear bikinis.
She was reduced to tears at the last Olympics, but she's still young and should be in her prime by the 2016 Games.
Tony Romo is an all-American boy. He's the quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. Even without his scruff and deep brown eyes, he'd be sexy.
Fed is blessed with an overwhelming sense of suaveness. Even on the tennis court he carries himself like a man wearing a finely tailored suit.
Usain Bolt is the fastest man in the world, and that alone makes him sexy. On top of being fast, he's super confident and looks great wearing a suit.
After a hip surgery, the two-time U.S. champion is making a comeback before Sochi.
Her smile will surely be shining bright on the ice this winter.
'Vika' is probably the most outgoing player in women's tennis. She danced and partied with the guy from LMFAO at the U.S. Open.
She's also six-feet tall and has a killer body to go with her bubbly personality.
Reggie Bush is fast. Bush runs a 4.38 40-yard dash, and usually runs them right into the endzone. He also had a fling with the beautiful and famous Kim Kardashian.
And just look at that smile.
Justin Upton had a dominant year for the Braves, and many were hopeful he'd lead them to the playoffs.
He's strong, tough, and confident, all of which, makes him sexy.
She'll be one of the more outgoing personalities in Sochi. She launched a lingerie line after the last Olympics.
Nothing is sexier than when someone speaks their mind, and that is exactly what Kobe Bryant does. He's one of the best basketball players to ever step on the court, and he knows it.
Some people call it cocky, we call it sexy.
Russell Wilson is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL right now which gives him automatic sexy points.
He's perfectly ripped, has deep-set eyes, and a smile that lights up an entire NFL stadium.
Serena is known for her interest in fashion and her sometimes scandalous outfits during big tournaments.
She absolutely dominates on the court, so sexiness comes easy.
British Olympic diver
Tom Daley burst onto the scene during the summer of 2012 as one of the hottest Olympic athletes out there. Daley has abs to die for and a smile no one can resist. He won a bronze medal for Great Britain on the 10 meter platform.
Daley also specialises in the 'ghetto slut drop.'
Wade is one of the most stylish guys in the NBA, and fights on the front lines of the NBA's fashion wars.
He also has a great smile and a sculpted body.
A lot of people can't stand Jay Cutler because he's kind of a jerk, but that's exactly why we find him sexy. Cutler isn't a jerk. He's just himself. He doesn't put on a show for the world, and that's what's really sexy.
Ronda Rousey was one of the first women to ever fight in the UFC. Rousey has never lost a single professional MMA fight, either. She is awesome.
Rousey also said she 'tries to have as much sex as possible' when she has a fight coming up.
The guy is cut from stone. He's one of the most ripped players in the NFL and has a defined jawline to go with it.
New York Mets
The young Mets pitcher is dating a model and living in Manhattan. He's poised to take over where Derek Jeter left off.
Bode Miller has that rugged, I-couldn't-care-less look going on, and it seriously works.
We have a feeling all the attention will be on Bode on the slopes at Sochi at the Winter Olympics as he goes for his second consecutive gold medal.
L.A. Angels pitcher
C.J. Wilson is sexy because he speaks his mind. Wilson is outspoken about his political and social beliefs. He also has an incredibly beautiful fiancée, and is a great photographer.
Danica Patrick is the most successful female race car driver ever. Her first couple of years in NASCAR were rocky, but she has a promising future.
Vonn has taken a photoshoot in a bikini on the top of a snowy mountain, and is now dating the most well-known golfer in the entire world.
She's also the best female skier in the world, winning four of the last five World Cups.
New York Giants
Victor Cruz has moves.
When Cruz catches a touchdown pass he shows off his salsa moves, and they are sexy. Cruz also knows how to wear a suit.
U.S. Women's soccer team
Alex Morgan led her team to a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics. She's taken over for Hope Solo as the official fiercely talented pretty girl on the U.S. national team.
This is what we call sexy. Morgan also has some awesome abs.
New York Rangers
Henrik is the king of New York. He has become a gossip magazine fascination because of his good looks and interest in fashion.
And he knows how to pull off the perfect amount of facial hair.
Ivanovic has been one of the most beautiful athletes in the world since she burst onto the scene after winning the 2008 French Open.
She hasn't won a Grand Slam since, but her model good-looks have landed her in magazines like Vogue and SI's Swimsuit Issue.
She also used to date Adam Scott, our sexiest athlete alive.
The beautiful Maria Sharapova, hailing from Russia, is the second-best female tennis player in the world. Standing 6'2' tall, there's no way your eyes won't gravitate to Sharapova when she walks into a room.
In 2012, Sharapova gracefully won the French Open and an Olympic silver medal.
Real Madrid soccer
On the field, Ronaldo had the best season of his career in 2012, scoring 71 goals in all competitions.
Off the field, he maintained his status as one of the biggest sex symbols in sports by modelling Armani underwear and dating a swimsuit model.
New England Patriots
Tom Brady is the definition of sexy. He's one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, he's married to a supermodel, and he looks good no matter how ridiculous he's dressed. Brady is also the face of men's UGGs and has done a little modelling himself.
New York and Boston fans alike can't deny this guy is sexy.
USA bobsled team
Lolo Jones burst onto the scene during the 2012 Summer Olympics, and it's clear she's here to stay. Jones is not only beautiful and ripped, she's also hilarious.
Now, Jones is on the U.S. bobsled team and will go to the Winter Olympics in Sochi. She made headlines when she came out on Twitter saying she was a virgin.
Adam Scott is dreamy.
He's a really good golfer and he won the most prestigious golf tournament of 2013. Scott's smile makes everyone's heart melt, and he's from Australia.
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