June 17th, 2009

Italian NT: Giraffe v Lion

The Italian National Team took a break from the Confederations Cup action to visit The Lion Park in Randburg, South Africa. 

Question: Which hot man avec random wild animal floats gets your “aww” factor going?

Fabio Cannavaro and a giraffe; or


Image via AP Photo

Gianluca Zambrotta and a lion cub?


Image via AP Photo

Oh, who are we kidding: Fabio Cannavaro wins at everything. We know it. You know it. Animals on the savannah know it. That lion cub is about to walk right over Zambro to get to the sweet gooey insides of Fabio.

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39 Responses to “Italian NT: Giraffe v Lion”

  1. IshYEAH. says:

    FC… ;D

  2. Boston Red says:

    Aw I prefer Zambro with the lion! How cute is that lion?

  3. Malin ("MrsFern says:

    Seen the pic where the giraffe licks his hand? he won me over there.

  4. Baby Freya (Mrs Arbeloa) says:


  5. MissEstonia says:

    Awww! This is adorable! I love the lion cub, bless him! Although it’s true, Fabio and his delicious bottom win at everything!

  6. Anna (Frau Manuel Neuer) says:

    ballers + cubs = preciousness!!!!

  7. LynxKitten says:

    There's a pic of Frings (German NT) with white cub too, very cute! (I didn't know there were white lions, just white tigers)

  8. ThunderGirl says:

    Definitely Fabio, though the lion cub is a close second!

  9. boo says:

    *holds breath* *grabby hands* i want!

  10. Malin ("MrsFernandoTorres", if I may) says:

    Seen the pic where the giraffe licks his hand? he won me over there.

  11. FootballerChick43 - says:

    Fabio wins. Every single time. I agree.

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  14. Christina V says:

    Cannavaro 110%! He

  15. Stephanie says:

    Fabio! His sexy eyes, the tan, the arse and the cub are just too good of a combo to resist.

  16. Nikki says:

    Oh my god, I used to work at that lion park. I’m so jealous that my ex-colleagues got to meet the Italian team. The only people I got to meet there were boring presidents and other politicians. Never hot footballers!

    The giraffe’s name is Gambit, he’s now about seven years old. The white lion cubs pictured look to be about five months old – just in case anyone’s interested to know.

  17. mertz says:

    omg kickette. THIS IS TOO CUTE!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS. i love cana, and that giraffe and lion love him too.

  18. Gen says:

    Aaawh aint it just beautiful.  Man I just can’t wait to go and watch the Italy vs Brazil game live on Sunday, lurving my Azzurri boys on my South African soil.  Rather weird that the Spain NT didn’t opt to go to the Sundown Lion Park,  it’s sooo close to where they were staying in Rustenburg.

  19. Sara says:

    I wonder if the boys of the Spanish NT are upset that the Italian guys got to see and pet actual lions. They seemed really disappointed to only find only rhinos and giraffes.

    I totally pick Zambrotta and the lion cub.

  20. Too much cuteness for me to handle!!!! *explodes of want*

  21. riss says:

    hahaha…i use to live near there….

  22. dreamer777 says:

    I disagree with all of you. I think Zambrotta is way cuter and dont get me started on the lion cubs cuteness.

  23. izzy says:

    The lion cub wins it.

  24. Lolinha says:

    Fabio. Yes, always Fabio. The cub is beyond cute and looking like it's about to smack Zambrotta up side the head.

  25. shals says:

    awwww canna wins everytime!

  26. The Fourth Official says:

    I'm a total freak about giraffes and Canna ain't bad either. :)

  27. Dani.Mrs José says:

    Has<span class="wbr"></span> to<span class="wbr"></span> be<span class="wbr"></span> Zambrotta<span class="wbr"></span> and<span class="wbr"></span> the<span class="wbr"></span> Lion<span class="wbr"></span> Cub<span class="wbr"></span> !<span class="wbr"></span> the cub is gorgeous !

  28. Kleon says:

    I saw a photo with the little lion and Cannavaro, that was soooo ssooo cuuute ^^

  29. aristeia says:

    The rest of the pics (which are all either equally cute or hilarious) are in the SA thread. Canna was also "bitten" by one of the cubs. I think Zambro was too, the pic when it happens is too damn funny.

  30. Ali says:

    the canna/giraffe pic is beautiful in every way! giraffes are so weird tho right? they have horns, but like not horns. what is that about?

  31. Avenath says:

    Even the animals love Canna…who are we to say otherwise?! :p

  32. LoveLamps says:

    Canna wins at life. That man is flawlessly beautiful. And his ass, I could talk for days about his "bounce a quarter off of it" ass. Ah Canna!

  33. Merel says:

    Awww! The lion is adorable! Gianluca, move over. I want to see the cute lion

  34. RossiĀ“s girl says:

    cute :D

  35. nicki says:

    Canna is #1 at everything. Just look at the giraff’s face I am pretty sure it is also checking out Canna, or jealous that Canna is cuter than it.

  36. Becca says:

    Hm, Fabio and the lion cub would be the better combo !

  37. Callie says:

    The cub is just confirming that Canna does indeed taste like tartufo Photobucket

  38. Erin says:

    Love them all! Gorgeous animals. Gorgeous Canna too. :) My sister worked at a wildlife park in Africa and now back here in the US too…so amazing to see those animals up close!