Match of the date

No room for Ronaldo or Rooney in Match’s list of this summer’s most desirable footballers

June 2016, LONDON – It may not be the title they most covet this summer, but eleven elite footballers from across Europe have been christened as the continent’s best-looking team, according to Europe’s single females. After polling its female members across the continent on which European footballers they would most like to date, dating service Match has compiled a formidable team of world-beating lookers.


The home nations made a respectable showing, with one player each from England (Gary Cahill), Wales (Aaron Ramsey) and Republic of Ireland (Shane Long) making the cut. But it was Spain which supplied most of the line-up, with four players picked, including the most popular player of all, Gerard Pique (husband of Colombian pop star, Shakira).


However, there were some notable omissions from the team. Superstar and sometime underwear model Cristiano Ronaldo is nowhere to be seen, while England captain Wayne Rooney finished way off the pace, picking up fewer votes than any other striker tested. Gareth Bale, the world’s most expensive footballer, got nowhere near the squad, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic also missed the cut by a big margin.


Here’s how Match’s Most Dateable XI lines up:



Casillas (GK)


Ramos (D)                  Pique (D)                    Hummels (D)             Cahill (D)


Ramsey (M)                Marchisio (M)            Navas (M)


Giroud (F)              Pelle (F)                     Long (F)




Kate Taylor, dating expert for match, comments: “As we’ve all seen this season, the beautiful game doesn’t always go according to the form book. The people have spoken, and while it may seem a raw deal for Rooney and Ronaldo, the results are positively pucker for the likes of Pique and Pelle.”




Notes to Editors

Methodology: Data based on responses from 1,891 female Match members during May 2016.

The survey was conducted amongst active Match users.

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About #LoveYourImperfections:

#LoveYourImperfections is Match’s campaign to give singles the confidence to express their true selves. Having first launched in January 2015, the campaign aims to highlight the imperfections and quirks which Brits normally hide, but which potential partners could find endearing or attractive.

About Match: 

As the most successful dating service in the UK, 1 in 2 online daters* have used Match and 1 in 5 singles who met their partner online, met on Match*.   As the number 1 dating for young online daters**, Match continues to empower singles to meet exciting and interesting people that you would not otherwise have met.

Match offers members more ways to meet, including singles events located in 32 cities, one of the reasons it’s been voted as the under 35’s number 1 choice for great singles night out**.  It’s also available on all mobile platforms making it the perfect dating companion for busy singles on-the-go.

As a founding member of the Online Dating Association (ODA), Match is committed to providing a safe and confidential community for its members.

*Survey conducted by Opinium from December 22nd to 29th 2015 among a representative sample of 2001 persons aged 18+ in the UK.




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