Sports stars have given professional models and actors a run for their money by involving themselves in brand endorsements, fashion shows and even appearing in popular lifestyle magazines. Besides their good looks, what makes these stars even more attractive is their numero uno sporting performances as well. Check out the other side of these popular sports icon...
A former World number No1 in the woman's professional tennis circuit, Maria Sharapova has been a winner on the court and off the court. This head-turner appears in fashion shows, billboards of the brands she endorses, they include 'Canon', 'Land Rover' and 'Tag Heurer' as well as on magazines such as 'Maxim' and 'Sports Illustrated'. In photo: Tennis star and Sports Illustrated 2006 model Maria Sharapova poses for photographers, Tuesday, Feb.14, 2006, in New York. The stand-alone edition, featuring 25 of the worldâ€™s most beautiful supermodels, will reach 64 million adults in the U.S. alone and hits newsstands .
Said to be among the fastest bowlers the world has ever seen, Brett Lee has over the years produced some outstanding performances on the field. Lee is very popular in India, even off the field, endorsing brands like 'Timex', 'Gatorade' and 'Volkswagon', walking the ramp in fashion shows and even sings in a music video with legendary singer Asha Bhosle. In photo: Australian cricketer and Timex watch brand ambassador Brett Lee, center, with Indian models arrives at the launch of the Timex 'Racing Chronograph Collection', in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007. The new collection has a range of 14 men's styles watches that are priced between USD 71-143.
The 'Men in Blue' or the cricketers of 'Team India' have over the years displayed some amazing match-winning performances and won the hearts of their huge fan base. Many of these cricketers have also hit it off in the modeling world, by appearing in several brand endorsements 'Samsung', 'Pepsi' among several others and have also walked the ramp in fashion events. In photo: Indian cricketers, from left, Harbhajan Singh, Irfan Pathan and Zaheer Khan, walk the ramp as they present creations by designer Shantanu Nikhil during the 5th India Fashion Week in New Delhi, India.
Anna Kournikova has once been ranked in the top ten of the Woman's singles circuit and has also won a couple of Grand Slam doubles titles before injuries caught up with her. Anna had been voted as the 'Hottest female athlete' and remains in the limelight by appearing on magazine covers, endorsing brands such as 'Omega' and 'Berlei's sports bras' and has also appeared in a music video with singer Enrique Iglasias. In photo: Tennis star Anna Kournikova poses in front of a cover of FHM magazine while promoting her fourteen international covers for the magazine at a record store in New York,.
American swimmer, Amanda Beard wowed the swimming world by winning several medals at various Olympics games. This hottie is believed to have a perfect body which has got her to grace popular magazines like 'FHM', 'Sports Illustrated' and even 'Playboy'. In photo: United States Olympic swimmer Amanda Beard poses for a photo in Los Angeles There's a lot more of the 25-year-old swimmer to see in the July issue of Playboy, where Beard is on the cover billed as "the world's sexiest athlete nude."
India's Olympic bronze medallist, pugilist Vijender Singh has performed exceeding well especially at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. This handsome hunk has walked the ramp in the 'India Couture Week' held in Mumbai and has taken to ads like 'Bajaj Allianz'. In photo: Olympic bronze medallist Vijender Singh displays a creation by designer Rohit Bal on the final day of the HDIL India Couture Week in Mumbai, India, Sunday, Eleven Indian designers showcased their creations during the six-day long event.
Ace Indian tennis star, Sania Mirza has entered the tennis circuit with a bang, having done well in the few Grand Slams she has played. She remains in the limelight even when not in action, through brand endorsements like 'Adidas', 'Tata tea' and 'Hyundai', fashion events and photo shoots. In photo: Indian tennis player Sania Mirza, currently ranked 32 by the WTA, poses during a photo shoot to announce her being signed as a global brand ambassador for leading sports goods manufacturer adidas in Mumbai, India.
David Beckham, the former England football captain, who currently plays for the Italian club side 'AC Milan', has been a sensation in the footballing world for over a decade. Beckham, a father of three, has also remained in the spotlight for brand endorsements like 'Adidas' and 'Armani' and for continuously reinventing his style quotient. In photo: England and Manchester United soccer star David Beckham models one of the 2002 line of Police sunglasses in London, at the launch of the spectacles. David Beckham is the captain of the England National soccer team.
The captain of the German national team, tall midfielder Michael Ballack plays his club football for the English team 'Chelsea'. Besides providing the inspiration on the field, he is often noticed in advertisements like 'Coke' and 'Adidas' and at social events. In photo: German soccer player Michael Ballack, right, looks at Heidi Klum during the final draw for the 2006 World Cup in Leipzig, Germany.
Reigning French Open champion and World No 5, Serbian Ana Ivanovic has taken to the Tennis world by storm. Besides her playing prowess, this damsel also endorses brands like 'Rolex' and 'Adidas' and is often seen at various social events. In photo: Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic smiles during a press conference in Belgrade, Serbia, Ivanovic is ranked fifth in the WTA rankings.
Master-blaster Sachin Tendulkar is among the list of all-time cricketing Greats and holds several records in the game. His consistent and match winning performances has made him a favourite among advertisers, which include 'Airtel', 'Visa', 'Boast' and 'The Royal Bank of Scotland'. Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar looks on during an advertisement shoot in Hyderabad,
Indian cricket captain, MS Dhoni has receiving laurels for his team's performances as well as his captaincy. Dhoni is also most sought after in the Ad world, endorsing brands like 'Reebok', 'Boast' and 'Big Bazaar'. Indian cricketer Mahender Singh Dhoni walks out of Birsa Munda airport in Ranchi, India, Monday, Aug. 4, 2008. Dhoni is recommended by the Indian cricket board for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.