July 19th, 2010

Battle Of The Holiday Hotties: Xabi Alonso v Marco Borriello

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They’ve gone head-to-head before, Kickettes. And we all know how that went. But we feel the risk of repeating ourselves is worth it.

After seeing shots of our most-oft visited Monday morning/afternoon/evening fantasy, Marco Borriello, on vacation in Ibiza (with this),  we thought: why not give him a chance to claim his hot Italian place in the hallowed ‘Hell, Yes’ halls of our HQ?

Is Bori your ultimate beachy-with-benefits babe? Or, will you vote for one of our favourite Spaniards, Xabi Alonso, who is in Mallorca with his family, and definitely deserves a place in every girls Most-Wanted list?

Go on, dear readers, tell us who gets your holiday hottie vote this morning?

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130 Responses to “Battle Of The Holiday Hotties: Xabi Alonso v Marco Borriello”

  1. Sophie says:


  2. anna rose says:

    Hands down to Xabi!! hes an eyecandy. hooooooooooooooot!

    loving his chest hair. :)

    love love love Xabi!!!!!!!!

  3. mahn says:

    i'd feel sick lusting after Xabi when the wifey is in the picture so i'll go with Marco..

  4. SoMysterious says:

    stion??? Marco should win hands down… You're a failure if you vote otherwise…

  5. Saki says:

    MARCO! he is just too hot. I will always vote for him no matter what.

  6. aqsa says:

    xabi alonso looks awesome

  7. lae says:

    i’m not feeling marco. i voted for xabi last time and same today. xabi all day every day. it helps to know that he’s a sloppy drunk too. makes him seem normal, because of his elevated ginger beard hotness status.

  8. lulu says:

    I think this post calls for a "What does your favorite footy player say about you?" post on Xabi and Bori…

    I'm 100% pro-italian prime quality products.. Denominazione di origine certificata or whatever it says on the bottles of wine and salame…

    spicy italian sausage trumps paella every time for me

    although xabi's past in liv'pool did a lot for my monday mood

    plus i can't get over this little moment back in 2006 lol http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7H7TgdtzXQM
    let's face it, both are smokin' hot and awesum!

    but marco is simply… mind-f*cking-blowing

  9. LoveFootballLoveFoot says:

    Its so funny how women get all upset over this poll. So I gathered that it happens or has happened before and yet the same women fall for it again… why? Probably because both men have an appeal to the women (now including me though not so much for these two). Xabi is a real man hair or no hair on his body. He's respectable and seems to be loved by everyone around him. He is most certainly a good looking sexy man. And for someone to tell another women here that she doesn't know about football is not cool in my opinion.

    Sadly for everyone, sports have long ago changed some for good and some not so much but reality is that the coach does make mistakes but not calling someone up to go to the WC doesn't make him wrong. There had to be a reason. The spain men seemed to have all gotten along and understood each other's play so well. Maybe Marco played a different game that wasn't to the coach's liking. Who knows really. Italy had good players and I was deeply sadden when they were sent home. I'm not Italian but it hurt seeing them leave. No one can say that if he had gone he would have changed the game. I mean look at Messi and Argentina. The winners is A TEAM not A MAN. Let's leave the football talk because this is about pretty much their looks and personalities(what we can't tell from tv).

    Marco is good looking we have to be blind not so see that. Unless we get to touch him like if his abs were braille writing, lol. He has a gorgeous smile. Has really nice legs doesn't he? What does turn me off is his hip tattoo. I never liked that on a man. Arms yes… anywhere for me no.

    But if we are chosing for me Xabi is best, he looks kind of nerdy and handsome which is what I like. Both are nice to look at though. One last thing, oh why do some of the ladies talking about how good Marco can beat Xabi iin bed? Who would you know by looking at them? Think about this, Xabi has a wife and she's obviously happy with him and their lives. Some women leave their hubbies when they are not happy in the bedroom. Marco has many lady friends whom I'm sure he sleeps with MANY DIFFERENT. Sometimes I think men like that could not be satisfying their "friend" so they look for another and another. Not saying that is his problem. But one can't tell by just looking at pics. Good day ladies.

  10. Laura says:

    Further shirtless Xabi pics from Mallorca:

    • caitanya says:

      thanks laura! These are great!

      I luv me some Xabi … he is so classy and so sexy!

  11. XABI for suree!I lovee him!just simply gorgeusss!muaah xabii! :*

  12. Mrs.DiegoForlan says:

    okay, i think the obvious answer to this is XABI. i mean, (1) he's hotter and (2) he doesn't go around saying stuff like "i'm lucky, i can get it whenever i want it" LOL (i remember marco saying this in some interview…)

    oh, and did i mention xabi is hotter? :)

  13. Pique's mi y solamente says:

    I am going 2 have 2 go with Marco…hmmm, d@ man will make an xcellent DIRTY(which is slang 4 booty call) while Xabi is just 2 meh 4 me…he’s da type of guy u marry…n dats nt da type of guy I perve over.

  14. FigoLover7 says:


  15. seanachais says:

    Xabi Fablonso all the way. I like my man classy and sans STDs, plxkthx.

  16. miss_violet says:


    I mean it's… Xabi!

  17. Karin C. says:


  18. Black Rose says:

    I love Xabi's face, but his body is a no-no for me…

  19. vanessa says:

    Xabi all the way…and I do mean all the way!

  20. Laura says:

    Xabi, Xabi, Xabi!!!

    The lack of any sort of imprint is truly astounding.

  21. Liz says:


  22. shay:] says:

    im sorry, but marco is one sexy bitch

  23. Alisuchi says:

    Yes!Yes!Yes! Um, I vote Marco :) But then, I always have had a weakness for guys that look like they are complete and utter assholes. charming ones who are fantastic in bed, of course ;)

    Although. the underam thing does weird me out.

  24. rosso says:

    Meh, Marco can be a little too skeezy sometimes, hot but I’m a bit iffy with him sometimes. However, I just don’t get the appeal of Xabi, he seems lovely & he certainly isn’t ugly or anything but I just don’t find him hot in the slightest. So Marco wins this contest for me.

  25. Amanda says:

    Xabi, to be the father of my babies. Marco, to have filthy adulterous sex with me while Xabi takes the kids to school.

    • aps says:

      HAHAHA! YES!

    • Lisa says:

      good luck explaining to baby daddy Xabi why you gave him the crabs!

      • Amanda says:

        In my fantasies, he comes home early, we fight for 15 minutes and then he joins us.

        • Lisa says:

          hahaha with all that hair on Xabi, those crabs will eat him alive. May I suggest before you get down business, you and Marco shave every inch of his body? Consider that foreplay.

  26. juventina says:

    HOLY CRAP MARCO! Is it possible that he can look better than before?! That tan, that body, that tattoo, that face. HHOF Material for damn sure ;)

  27. Eli aka NC says:

    Call me a pervert, but I really wouldn't mind licking Xabi's chest…

  28. Moomin says:

    As far as I’m concerned, we’re the winners! Has to be Xabi for me though… he’s just so handsome..

  29. Just a gentle reminder, ladies and gents: Sizzle Queries are for FUN. A bit of a laugh. Not meant to be taken seriously nor to raise cortisol levels so much that you prematurely wrinkle. The correct answer is “Both” :)

  30. Josh says:

    My vote goes for both of them :D …only cause I like Marco has a nice body…but Xabi has such a hot face :P he doesnt need to take his shirt off for me to get steamed up :D

  31. Sarah says:

    but that picture of him slapping that womans butt is a turn-off, he kinda reminds me of a Italian cristiano =( i don’t like cristiano =(
    but marco is hot, cristiano’s not…don’t kill me. =P

  32. VeNia says:

    i love them both but if i had to pick one i would pick Xabii!!!!!

  33. ess-jay says:

    Marco does look amazing in those pics… But it's gotta be Alonso. He's just everything you want in a man.. And more! :D

    Plus, that cute ginga beard is scrummy!!

  34. duda says:

    xabi is pure perfection!!!

    the most handsome soccer player

  35. kelly O'Keeffe says:

    hi Xabi i love u in this picture u look gorgeous a always love u too bits i would love to have your kids Xabi kelly love u bye xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  36. cescsababe says:

    I say Xabi mostly because that picture is something out of fantasy. All that’s missing is me and a bottle of wine. :)

  37. Erin says:

    Oh Xabi, Xabi, Xabi…he is perfection! I could eat him with a spoon!

    Real men have hair. ;)

  38. Mrs. Navas says:

    ohh its so hard to choose. imma say both because i dont discriminate.

    • juventina says:

      I love your name. Just wanted to say that LOL! Navas is beautiful and he needs A LOT more fangirling attention. :)

  39. sarrible says:

    How is this possible? I managed to bruise my arm pretty badly last Sunday during post-World Cup revelry, and there’s still a nasty mark. Xabi gets KICKED IN THE CHEST BY NIGEL DE JONG and there’s not so much as a cut or two a week later?!


    • LaNovena says:

      yeah im in deep awe too. This man is made of steel! Theres no other explanation. Incredible!

  40. kate says:

    It's an ultimate and joyful question for girls!

    My answer is 'both',definitely.

    Xavi for hus, Marco for lover.

  41. Ana;) says:

    I loovve xabi! He looks yumm! He’s a family though so I’ll have to say marco!!
    Why oh why did I deny him with the f5? Marco is just..drools!

  42. Louise says:

    Xabi no contest he is all Man! Marco looks like he auditioning for a speedo advert!

  43. Dee says:


    And what a way to perk up a Monday. Only way it would be better was if it was Hump Day Wednesday…

  44. LuvinBale says:

    I think it’s unfair to make me choose between them. They are both hot as he’ll and yes I will take a smack on the ass from Marco any day- especially if my ass looked like that!!

  45. Lola says:

    Xabi, always. But this time bb Jon makes sure it’s absolutely no contest.

  46. taniaalonso says:

    xabi xabi xabi nuff said :)

  47. AlianzaLima says:

    marco has an amazing body and nice tan but.. xabi hands down. shaved armpits scare me. and smacking ass was cool in 7th grade.

  48. ba says:

    Any spaniard win any other player. #fact But i voted for both

  49. Marco!! I love bad boys… It hasn’t done much good for me, but when it’s only about looking at pics I most definately choose the bad guy!

  50. Lulu says:

    That body, that hair, those eyes, that smile, his face in general!:)
    Marco wins hands down!! :D

  51. rslkdl says:

    Marco Marco Marco Marco Marco. My God, he’s beautiful, and oh so dirty. Yummmmm. I need a shower.

  52. femebot says:

    The only way I wouldn’t vote for Xabi would be if I was the one is the boat with Borriello. The again, in that instance I would probably vote both :P

  53. Louise says:

    This is an interesting obsession for Kickette–matching up the dirty hot Marco with the classy hot Xabi. Can’t they happily exist together?

    Regardless of others inclinations, I would choose to curl up in that hammock with Xabi any day. Ooh, fuzzy…

  54. Joanna says:

    Marco would have won except for that last picture made me gag!

    If it was his girl and it was a nice moment, then I would have been sighing.

    However he looks like pure trash doing that, expression and everything.


  55. caitanya says:

    I can't believe that anyone is making a contest out of this? As if there is one? Sorry, but Marco is nowhere near Xabi's league! Xabi Alanso = pure Spanish hotness!

  56. Lisa says:

    comparing these two is like comparing apples (Xabi) and oranges (Marco)… really, really, really dirty oranges that GIVE you scurvy.

    • sarrible says:

      I think “Filthy Oranges” is an absolutely spectacular nickname for Marco. Hello there, Filthy Oranges!

      • Lisa says:

        hahaha good one but I much prefer “Scurvy” as his nickname.

        This is the guy who failed a drugs test because of an STD.

        Scurvy Borriello also sounds like a 18th Century pirate. I can imagine him being best mates with Jack Sparrow.

        • Dee says:

          I love the nickname. All I can manage to call him is "Hot Damn" because with every new picture I see, that phrase is what comes out of my mouth first.

  57. Sylvia15 says:

    Xabi obviously. Marco don't even compare.

  58. MrsNesta says:

    Got to say Marco is totally doing it for me this time, although I wouldn't say no to either :)

  59. D0li says:

    What makes Xabi more attractive is his personality. Not only does he have the physical appeal, but he has the emotional as well. From that picture of Marco spanking that woman infront of his friends I was immediately turned off!

    You cannot argue that he is deffinately more physically attractive than Xabi but over all I would have to say no to Marco.

    It also doesn't hurt that I'm a real madrid fan <3

  60. Mel says:

    Another reason why democracy sucks. Apparently this site has more Xabi lovers than Marco has……

    Kickette please stop torturing me with these vote offs between Xabi and Marco. It is clear Marco will never win, and it hurts soooo bad, because he deserves it.

    Just make the decisions yourself please, and stop with the let's form a circle and discuss things……

    Marco deserves to be recognized for his hotness, but apparently not by the readers of this site. My solution to that, stop involving them in disicion making.

    To the people who claim Xabi is more man than Marco. How do you know that, have you been with both of them? Does chesthair make a man?

    I say Marco all the way, because he looks strong enough to stand up and fight for me. Xabi falls to the ground in pain when faced with a boot to the chest… (Not completely fair I know)

    • Dee says:

      Amen. Now I must go to the Arctic to cool off because the imaging of Marco fighting for his woman is way too much for my self-control to handle.

    • Erin says:

      I will never understand people getting all bajigitty over this stuff. Just enjoy your preference and relax!

      • Mel says:

        I wish I could. But it is too impossible to keep quite. Kickette set up Marco to fail time after time, and it hurts when you believe he is sooooooooo much better than Xabi.

        Also that lead pic is stuck on my mind and I wanna throw up…..

        Marco is better than that!

      • lizb (Mrs. Vucinic) says:

        lol *highfive* I totally agree.

    • Venice says:

      Hahaha! oh my god

    • Louise says:

      Real men win World Cups.

      • Starsarella says:

        ur response! lol for life.

      • Kate says:

        Ahahahahaha, I agree 100%!

      • Mel says:

        That would make a good point, perhaps a great one in this debate. IF Marco had played in the world cup also………..

        It’s not a contest, because Marco never went to the wc with Italy.

        And I relly don’t see how Xabi is more man than Marco…..

        • Louise says:

          Valid because Marco didn't make the cut to go to the World Cup with Italy. Xabi did, started every match, and won.

          It's not really valid here because we're only talking about looks and that's subjective. I was just joking about the World Cup thing in the first place!

          • Mel says:

            You have a valid point as well. And it is okay to not share the same taste with everyone, baceuse that would be a dull world! Versitility is good!

      • Lisa says:

        yeah and do Real men also get subbed in a World Cup final, before extra time? sorry, had to stick up for the Marco girls.

      • juventina says:

        That’s a great answer sweetie, but its a bit too bad that you clearly know nothing about football. Marco didn’t play in the World Cup ;) That’s not his fault, that was Lippi’s fuck up, which he paid for.

    • Goosie says:

      Xabi did manage to continue playing for the rest of the game after getting cleated in the chest like that. So…yeah :)

      • Mel says:

        Marco would have done the same for his country if he had played the wc. And still there is no contest between them on that subject, as one never went to the wc, so it is totally uncomparible, if that’s even a word……

        • Goosie says:

          The word you're looking for is incomparable.

          That being said, I can't imagine if Mario was to get kicked in the chest that he wouldn't go down. There was nothing wrong with going down in that situation because god damn that must have hurt.

          That also being said, Mario is hot. I will not deny that. But I also have an infinite amount of love for Xabi (the only person that would probably rival that love is Michael Ballack. But that is a different story for a different day). So I gotta go with Xabi in this.

          • Mel says:

            Ah yes, thank you!

            No doubt, anyone would go down after being kicked in the chest like that. I felt sooo bad for Xabi. And I was furious the ref did not sent the **** ducthmen off the pitch! He should have be rewarded the red card for that action!

            That is okay. It good that everyone doesn't have the same taste, because then we would live in a world full of look-a-likes.

          • aps says:

            MARCO not Mario.

    • rslkdl says:

      You’re so right. This vote is killing my Monday. *cries* I think only one thing defines a “real man” and that’s whether he has the appropriate parts, not how much hair is on his body! That being said, I think photographic evidence has already established that they are both “real men.” I just don’t see hotness in Xabi – he’s handsome, but I have yet to see a pic of Xabi that will turn my eyes and mind away from Marco.

      • Mel says:

        A voting like this is just the wrong start to the week. That is true! Can't argue with that. They are both men.

        A the term "real men" is defined very differently from person to person.

        A commom definition most be created, before we can define what a real man is/who he is.

  61. ISA07 says:

    I think that in all fairness, you guys should turn the finest five into finest eleven to make a team out of them :)

  62. Nikki says:

    Xabi's a real man . He wins hands down ! Marco is hot and sexy no doubt but I like a real man :D .

  63. LosAngeleno says:

    Xabi all the way! Maybe I'm from the wrong part of the world, but I've honestly never seen a man with waxed armpits! (The chest seems bad enough).

  64. Rosey says:


    Looks better in bed and that's what counts ;)

  65. vickyvivot says:

    MARCO!!!! I LOVE U!!!!

  66. Gabi says:

    I think Marco is the ultimate bad boy and the kind of guy I would go for if I were looking for a one night stand. But Xabi is classier and is the kind of man you would proudly introduce to your family and who you would like to father your children.

    • Alli says:

      My thoughts exactly!

      • Ana;) says:

        I second that! Lol have a sneaky romp with marco and then run off into the sunset with xabi! Haha soo true!

    • Sher says:

      This. Definitely.

      No doubt, Marco is hot, but holy hell, this picture of Xabi is amazing. To me, he is the perfect man – the complete package. Happy sigh.

    • aps says:

      BINGO! Marco is definitely hotter but I'll take family man over sleazy anytime, unless I just want something for one night.

  67. Johanna says:

    I'd have to go with Marco because I've never felt attracted to Xabi Alonso. Even though Borriello is a bad boy I can't deny his gorgeousness.

  68. tammyv says:

    Mario withuot question

  69. Tamy says:

    Xabiiii <3

  70. Goosie says:

    Xabi wins everything in my heart. That being said, there are really no losers in this contest…I think ultimately, we as readers, are the true winners.

  71. senora ramos says:

    both. all day any day. ::drools::

  72. LFC Laura says:

    Marco is hotter – but men who shave their armpits confuse me!!!

    I hope Xabi has his high SPF on – he looks like he might burn!

  73. MB. Now excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor.

    • Sarah says:

      Also, have got to say that Marco will never win…because there are more Xabi fans on here obviously. But in my eyes he’s a clear winner. Marco <3