Sexy Athletes on the Field – and on the Town
The soccer stud, 27, gets his kicks playing forward for Real Madrid and leading the Portuguese national team. Since joining the Spanish squad in 2009, his speedy footwork and game-changing free kicks crush records (ones he set in the first place) have made him the higest-paid footballer in the world. We're pretty sure that's why Ronaldo has 26 million Facebook fans and 3 million Twitter followers – and not because of those jaw-dropping Emporio Armani underwear ads.
Football game … or dance off? The New York Giants wide receiver, 25, shows off his smooth moves when he scores a touchdown – and we're not referring to his race to the end zone, which has secured him NFL's No. 1 spot in this season's rankings. Cruz's signature victory salsa dance is a sweet tribute to his late grandmother, who taught him the traditional Latin dance.
Though Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte dominated the London Games, the Bremerton, Wash., golden boy, 23, is just as much a hero for out-touching heavy favorite, Australia's James "The Missile" Magnussen, by one-hundredth of a second in the 100-meter individual freestyle race to win gold. Speaking of bragging rights, Adrian, whose total medal haul was three golds and one silver, became the first American to win that race in 24 years.
The 30-year-old Swedish goaltender is just the man to heat up the ice – even in his not-so-revealing New York Rangers uniform. Since joining the NHL in 2005 – and making history as the first goaltender with 30 or more wins in each of his first seven seasons – he's dominated the rink with his butterfly-style technique. He may be imposing on ice, but it's his suave style (check how he fills out a suit!) and his self-deprecation ("Loves to drive but knows nothing about cars. Plays guitar, but can't sing," according to his Twitter bio) that have fans swooning.
The Aussie native, 32, keeps his list of accolades on par, from his second place finish at the 2011 Masters Tournament and 18 tournament wins to his No. 6 world ranking. A pro since 2000, he's not one to boast about his accomplishments. "I think I'm reserved," he told Golf Digest. So you won't hear him kissing and telling about some of the high-profile women he's been linked to, including tennis star Ana Ivanovic and actress Kate Hudson.
Football fanatics can debate over how much game the freshly minted New York Jets quarterback has on the field – but when it comes to the ladies, Tebow, 25, scores touchdowns time and again. But who will truly nab the devout Christian's heart? The Florida native told Vogue he's looking for "someone sweet and kind and that has a servant's heart"– that, and "obviously looks play a big part."
Just a month after world champion Roger Federer beat him at Wimbledon, the 25-year-old Scotsman exacted revenge and nabbed gold at the London Games. "It's the biggest win of my life – that's for sure," he said after claiming victory. The No. 3 ranked player followed up by winning the 2012 US Open, making him the first Brit since 1936 to win a Grand Slam singles tournament.
The Miami Heat forward brings the sizzle even when he's slamming dunks outside of the Sunshine State. Just this past summer, the reigning NBA champ helped Team U.S.A. score a gold medal at London Games. But the highlight of his year might have been his proposal to now-fiancée Savannah Brinson. "I was nervous," the pro baller told Oprah. "It felt like before a finals game."
Oh, jeah! Aside from setting records, including the 200-meter individual medley world record, the 200-meter freestyle American record and the 200-meter backstroke American record, Lochte, 28, has earned 11 Olympic medals, five of which were gold. As for taking a dip in the dating pool, the hard-bodied, often-shirtless bachelor admitted to PEOPLE, "I'm always looking for the perfect girl."