Being an athlete doesn’t always mean women are going to be falling into your lap. You may have the money, the cars, the big house, the fame and success, but this doesn’t guarantee success with the opposite sex – it certainly helps but it doesn’t guarantee it.
Some massive stars – superstars in their respective sports – have had it all and might be at the top of their careers with everything we’ve just mentioned and more, including the good looks and the personality to match – the complete package. These guys – sportsmen such as soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, and football quarterback Tom Brady – have the complete package, so it’s unsurprising that they have beautiful women swooning at their feet.
But there are plenty of athletes out there who keep getting – or are linked with – beautiful women; athletes you wouldn’t have thought had it in them. When we hear about their relationship – or companionship, wink wink – histories, we find ourselves surprised with some sort of baffling wonderment; many of these athletes aren’t the best in their profession, aren’t the wealthiest, don’t have the looks or personality, yet they’re somehow sports' Casanovas. These are 15 athletes from around the world who somehow keep getting beautiful women.
15 Dario Franchitti
British racing driver Dario Franchitti MBE, has a love for all things speed. At the age of 43, he’s been there and done it, winning a ton of championship titles on the IndyCar Series circuit. He still races around the world in one-off events, but is today taking a more laid-back approach, after years of speeding around tracks around the globe.
We all know the type of people who are associated with racing; the wealthy, glamorous people who love nothing more than the speed and adrenaline of watching fast cars race around the track. Sure, IndyCar may not be on the same level as Formula One in terms of the riches and fame, but racers still get a decent fan following.
When he started out, there were plenty of rumors that Dario was making the most of his newfound fame. But beautiful actress Ashley Judd made an honest man out him and they tied the knot in 2001. They divorced in 12 years later, but Dario – who’s renowned as a bit of a ladies man – shouldn’t have many problems getting back on the horse – or in the car, where he’s concerned.
14 Carmelo Anthony
You NBA fans will know Carmelo Anthony for his long and illustrious career with the Denver Nuggets, before he got traded to the New York Knicks in 2011. He’s still with the Knicks, although some of his most notable achievements have come with the USA basketball team; he just won an Olympic gold medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and is considered to be one of the country’s most decorated Olympians. He might be famous, he might be rich, but he’s also one of the bad boys of basketball; he’s been arrested numerous times for various different reasons – brawls to drink driving and drugs.
He may not be straight laced like some of the greats of the game – LeBron James and Michael Jordon for example – but he’s had no trouble getting with beautiful women; some women like bad boys. Sheneka Adams and Kat Stacks have been rumored to have been in relationships with Anthony, but he’s currently with television personality, La La Anthony; they’ve been together for 13 years, been married for six and have a kid together – looks like this beautiful woman’s here to stay.
13 Marko Jarić
Serbian NBA star Marko Jarić has certainly had a way with the ladies, which some may think is surprising considering he spent the majority of his career playing basketball in Europe – in Spain and Italy. But he did rise to fame on the international scene and gained prominence with spells with the Los Angeles Clippers, Minnesota Timberwolves and the Memphis Grizzlies. His career highlights and awards came in Italy, but his relationship history has an international flavor to it.
Super-hot Victoria’s Secret model Adriana Lima, publicly announced that she was a virgin and would only lose her virginity with the right man – that man was Marko, and the two tied the knot in 2009. But five years and two kids later, the couple divorced. No sooner had the divorce been finalized, Dušica Savić came into the picture – a Serbian model – so Marko definitely doesn’t hang around.
12 Eric Decker
Current American football wide receiver for the New York Jets, Eric Decker, isn’t a person you’d deem to be stunningly handsome. It’s therefore surprising that today he’s renowned for having one of the hottest and most famous wives around.
Decker is rumored to have had a string of women before he met country singer Jessie James. He had a successful college football career – most women love a hunky sportsman who’s going places – before he began dating Jesse James in 2011. They got engaged a year later and were married a year after that; now five years together, they have two kids and appear to be in a rock-solid relationship. They have even been a staple on reality television, starring in their own show.
11 Tony Parker
French professional basketball player, Tony Parker, has been in the NBA for 14 years, and has been with the San Antonio Spurs from the start. One of the most popular figures in Texas, Parker has been adopted as one of their own although he’s still had a pretty decent time of it on the international scene.
At 6’2” and weighing in at 185 pounds, Parker doesn’t have the most domineering presence on the court.
He was married to world-famous actress, Eva Longoria, for five years before the couple split due to "irreconcilable differences." There were all sorts of rumors going around that time that Parker had been unfaithful – it’s said that this had a part to play in the divorce. It’s been rumored that Parker had been seeing Erin Barry, his former teammate Brent Barry’s then wife, who also divorced around the same time as Parker and Longoria.
Since the divorce, Parker’s married Axelle Francine – a French journalist – and they now have two sons together; those allegations of infidelity seem to be a thing of the past.
10 Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson’s the supposed bad boy of golf. Arguably the best golfer who’s ever lived – Tiger Woods – has had his share of personal demons - which of course have been publicized. Woods, in his prime, was worlds apart from anyone else on the golf course, but Johnson’s done quite well for himself too; in a nine-year career he’s had 14 professional wins, with his most notable achievement coming recently in the form of the U.S. Open – his first major title, which he won in 2016.
Johnson’s a top-10 golfer, but stands out like a stain in the clean-cut sport. He’s failed three drugs tests, has allegedly had numerous affairs with fellow golfers' wives, and has been involved in cases of fraud; but somehow, this troubled star keeps getting beautiful women.
Aside from the rumored affairs, Johnson had a two-year relationship with the former sex symbol of the Ladies Professional Golf Association, Natalie Gulbis. A year after they split, he began Paulina Gretzky. They soon became engaged, and they now have a young son together. Hopefully for Johnson’s sake - and for golf’s sake – Paulina can continue to help Johnson overcome some of his personal demons; after the U.S. Open win it seems like she’s doing a sterling job.
9 Carlos Tevez
Soccer players are among the most notorious when it comes to getting with women, infidelity, and generally just playing the field. Whether they’ve got wives or not, it generally doesn’t matter, because they’re just looking for ways to splash the cash – a lot of which goes on partying, hotels, and women. But - perhaps because of their ridiculous salaries – many women are prepared to put up with with all the lies and the cheating.
In his prime, Tevez was one of the best strikers in the world, earning £47 million a year. But he’s also regarded to be one of the ugliest players in the otherwise beautiful game. He’s also had his fair share of controversies, from driving and speeding without a licence to attitude problems and disputes on and off the pitch.
But he’s had no shortage of women. He’s dated Vanessa Mansillo, Mariana Paesani, Natalia Fassi, model, Vanessa Carbone, and actress, Brenda Asnicar – all stunningly beautiful women in their own right. The fun never stops if you’re a pro soccer player playing within the major leagues around the world.
8 Lamar Odom
Pretty much everyone’s heard of Lamar Odom. Even if you’re not the biggest NBA fan, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past seven years, you must have picked up on what’s happening in Odom’s life. Recently, you couldn't open a tabloid without seeing features on Odom’s antics, whether it’s the drinking, drugs or the cheating.
Odom was relatively famous due to his NBA career before he married Khloe Kardashian and was propelled into the limelight overnight. They were together for four years – a period lived in front of the cameras for the world to see. After alcohol and drugs began to get the better of him, he moved on to Jennifer Richardson, attorney Polina Polonsky, working girls Ryder Cherry and Monica Monroe – although he’s still fighting hard to get Khloe Kardashian back into his life.
Before the Kardashians morphed Odom into a world-famous TV personality, he had three kids with Liza Morales, had dated singer and actress, Taraji P. Henson, and had been involved with the stunning model and TV personality, Claudia Jordan, just before he met Khloe.
Lamar’s certainly a troubled soul; perhaps that’s why some women want to nurture him, but in the end it just gets too much to handle and they end up leaving.
7 Shaun White
Snowboarding may not be as mainstream as American football or baseball for example, but that hasn’t held Shaun White back in terms of his rise to fame and exploits in the dating world. Shaun White’s one of the few extreme sportsmen who has branched out into other industries – into acting and music. He earns his corn as a professional snowboarder and skateboarder, but has his fingers in many pies, which is perhaps why he’s met and dated women from different walks of life.
Despite having the rather cool occupation of an extreme sportsman, many people would look at White and wonder what the attraction is. He resembles a rebellious teenager with his skinny frame, flowing scraggly ginger locks and his hardcore personality – doesn’t look like someone who was once on Elisha Cuthbert’s radar.
But White did date world-famous actress Elisha Cuthbert, in addition to many other prominent beauties in show business. Somehow White also dated Summer Spiro, Arielle Vandenberg, Israeli model, Bar Refaeli, singer Sarah Barthel, and is also rumored to have hooked up with model Andrea H and actress Lindsay Lohan. He’s gotten with plenty of beautiful women; men look up to White and women seem to adore him.
6 Reggie Bush
American football running back Reggie Bush has a hulking physique and has been making waves in professional football since 2006. He might be big, built and have the looks to go with it, but personality wise, many people think there’s something lacking there.
Reggie’s professional career was already well underway before he rose to world fame when he began dating the most famous Kardashian of them all – socialite Kim Kardashian. They dated for three years, but fans of the reality TV series – Keeping Up With The Kardashians – didn’t rate Reggie highly; he was a recluse, was very shy, was very reluctant to appear on the show and was arguably one of the series’ most forgettable personalities. But that hasn’t had an impact on his dating life after Kim.
After splitting up in 2010, Reggie’s gotten with Carmen Ortega, January Gessert, Amber Rose, Jessie James Decker, Mayra Veronica, Melissa Molinaro and his current wife, Lilit Avagyan. Before his relationship with Kim, he also got with former WWE diva Eve Torres; an illustrious dating history for someone who many people think has zero personality.
5 Mark Sanchez
American football quarterback, Mark Sanchez, seems to have a split personality – either that or he’s just extremely focussed on the football field and compensates with his antics away from football. On the field he’s a below average signal-caller and he’s never really been a permanent fixture in any team he’s represented. Despite not being a world-beater in his profession, he’s somehow managed to gain a reputation as one of football’s playboys. Perhaps if he’d spent more time concentrating on making waves in professional football he’d be up there right now. But he’s certainly up there when it comes to getting with beautiful women.
Have a look at this; Jennifer Mueller, Hilary Rhoda, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Eliza Kruger, Eva Longoria and Alana Kari have all dated Sanchez, and it’s rumored he’s also been with Lindsay McCormick and Kate Upton – he may not be the best, but with a dating history like that, he’ll certainly be getting high fives in the locker rooms.
4 Kris Humphries
The Kardashian sisters feature heavily in this article – that’s because they certainly like to date big, tall, strong guys who compete in professional sports. Kim’s current flame, Kanye West is the exception.
Kim once again brought another sportsman into the limelight - Kris Humphries – when they began dating in in 2010. It was a whirlwind romance; they were engaged seven months later, were married three months after that and divorced 72 days later. During this time Kris featured heavily on the Keeping Up With The Kardashians TV series, but wasn’t shown in the best of light.
Deemed by many people as an immature big baby, it made many people question how the two were compatible to begin with, and that the whole marriage really was a sham – a publicity stunt. It also got many people talking about Kris Humphries – how could a man like that possibly have any success with women? But despite that whole debacle, he’s since dated Myla Sinanaj, Kayla Goldberg and Natalie Pack – he hasn’t done too badly for himself on the dating front.
3 Radek Štěpánek
Czech pro tennis player, Radek Štěpánek, at his best was ranked eighth in the world and was a pretty decent competitor on the Grand Slam stage and in Masters tournaments. Despite being a well-known figure, he’s never actually won a Grand Slam singles title – he’s perceived to be a workhorse but without that star quality. He’s also not considered to be that much of a looker; his lanky frame and looks haven’t had the modelling agencies calling, but despite not being all that great in singles competitions in the men’s draw, he’s certainly had an impact on the woman’s side.
Štěpánek’s renowned for having dated a lot of tennis stars. The biggest Casanova in the tennis industry has been engaged to Martina Hingis, been in a three-year relationship with Czech pro Nicole Vaidisova and has most recently dated Grand Slam winner Petra Kvitová, although today he’s looking away from the world of tennis for love.
2 Rory McIlroy
Former world number one Rory McIlroy has an impressive golfing résumé; he’s one of only a few to have won three major championships before turning 25, so taking his accomplishments in golf into account, it’s unsurprising he’s had plenty of success when it comes to dating and getting with beautiful women.
But many people consider him to be boring and arrogant– add the fact that he’s not the best looking guy into the mix and plenty of people find it surprising that his dating history includes the likes of Holly Sweeney, Erica Stoll, Katie Larmour (rumored) and Caroline Wozniacki. But McIlroy’s been dating non-stop since 2003 – from the tender age of 14 – so aside from his golfing achievements, women must see something in him that we and others may not.
1 Mike Tindall
Being a rugby player, where the term “party hard or go home” is common place, it’s pretty safe to say that Tindall had different relationships with a lot of different women in his early days as an England rugby star. Despite the alleged promiscuity, Tindall was seen as one of rugby’s bad boys due to his trouble with the law; he’s been arrested for drunk driving and has been fined numerous times by the Rugby Union for misconducts. He may be a big, hulking rugby star, but he certainly bares the scars of his time on the rugby field; picture the lovable magical figure of Shrek with a bent nose and you’ve got Mike Tindall.
So it amazed the world when Tindall began dating royalty – Zara Phillips – in 2008 and then tied the knot with the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II in 2010. The UK Royal Family managed to see past his misdemeanors and welcome him into the family, and today they’re still going strong.
Today Tindall spends his time out of the limelight; he plays with and manages an amateur club – now that he’s married to royalty, he can’t be getting up to his old antics!