Watching all 64 matches of the World Cup isn’t for everyone, but there are some benefits to tuning into one of the biggest sport tournaments in the world — besides being able to keep up with small talk. At the 2022 World Cup, there were plenty of swoon-worthy athletes. Here are the internet’s collective World Cup crushes (a non-exhaustive list, obv).
Rodrigo de Paul, 28, is number 7 on the Argentina national team, and he is definitely crush-worthy. He’s in a relationship with Tini Stoessel, an Argentinan actor, model, and singer.
19-year-old Jude Bellingham played for England in the 2022 World Cup. He’s reportedly dating IG model Asantewa Chitty.
I mean... obviously, South Korean player Cho Gue-Sung deserves a spot on the World Cup crush list. Those cheekbones! That hair! Not to mention, his IG followers went up by 8773% after the World Cup. Cho is seemingly single despite dating rumors.
Enzo Fernandez won the FIFA Young Player Award at the 2022 World Cup — and his Instagram following went up by 353%. The Argentinian player is in a relationship with Valentina Cervantes, and they share a daughter.
Kylian Mbappé, 23, was one of France’s most talented players in the 2022 World Cup. It seems like he’s single, though he’s been rumored to be dating two different models: Rose Bertram and Ines Rau.
Nathan Aké, 27, plays as a defender for the Netherlands national team. He married Kaylee Ramman in June, and the couple has one daughter.
French soccer player Raphaël Varane, 29, also got his fair share of fans during the World Cup. Maybe it was those defensive skills? He’s married to Camille Tytgat, and they have two children.
Pedro Miguel, 32, plays defense for the Qatar national team. He’s married to Luena Eugenio Correia, and they have two sons.
24-year-old Achraf Hakimi, who plays for the Morocco national team, has over 14 million followers on Instagram. He’s been married to Spanish actress Hiba Abouk since 2020. They have two sons.