World Cup 2014: 7 potential fashion stars
More often that not, the World Cup is more than just the soccer.
Fashion labels and sports brands are looking for their next big face and the tournament is the perfect stage.
These stars have to have that lethal combination of good looks, charm, star power and of course, they have to play well.
So these are our top 7 picks of people who might be gracing billboards and magazine covers long after the tournament is over.
1. Neymar (Brazil)
Neymar is arguably the world's most marketable football player at the moment. He has already graced the cover of Brazil's Vogue with supermodel Gisele Bundchen and has a couple of endorsement deals under his belt.
But top notch fashion brands will definitely be after him once his star power explodes at the World Cup.
It's a bonus that he's an extremely skilled football player whose team is likely to go far in the game.
2. Oscar (Brazil)
Oscar is already taking the Beckham route by baring almost all for Calvin Klein. Maybe more fashion labels might offer to dress... more of him.
Screengrab from Mail Online
3. Keisuke Honda (Japan)
He's already had a head start of sorts in the fashion world as he plays for Milan, a fashion capital. And man, he looks extremely dapper in a suit.
4. Fernando Gago (Argentina)
Argentina is another team that's expected to go far in the tournament. And surely, all eyes will be on Messi to propel the team to great heights. But come on, just look at this photo. Maybe he can be the next face of strollers and carriers.
5. James Rodriguez (Colombia)
Already a well-known name in his home country, he is poised to be one of the key breakout stars in the tournament just based on his skills alone. And it doesn't hurt that he looks mighty fine. And that's a killer combination for post-Cup fashion endorsement deals.
6. Son Heung Min (South Korea)
If Korea proceeds past the knockout stages, Son Heung Min, easily the nation's most prolific football player right now, will be a hero. And well, Korea rewards its heroes by plastering their faces on every available billboard in South Korea. He could even be a star in Asia.
7. Axel Witsel (Belgium)
Belgium's squad led by Vincent Kompany and Eden Hazard are tipped to be the tournament's dark horse. They are also (in this writer's humble opinion) the most good-looking team. And Axel Witsel is a fine example especially with those gorgeous eyes. Let's just say I wouldn't mind if Calvin Klein takes an interest in him...
Sources: Mail Online, Bleacher Report, Telegraph
Photos: Reuters, Mail Online, Instagram, New York Times