As South Africa 2010 comes to a close, we look back at the tourney's hottest storylines.
The World Cup comes only every four years, so its sexy storylines have to have staying power. And while this tournament has been historic for a number of reasons, we'll choose to remember it for the scandals and love matches off the field. Join us as we take a stroll down Memory Touchline.
Landon Donovan's Secret Baby
U.S. star Landon Donovan was the hero of the tournament, single-footedly willing his squad into the Round of 16 with a last-minute strike against Algeria that set a previously soccer-indifferent nation on fire with footy fever. But the consequences of Landon's loan to Premier League club Everton last year caught up with him—coincidentally, just as he was getting as famous as he'd ever be, hmm, that's curious timing—when a mystery woman in Britain claimed he'd fathered her as yet unborn child. Landon did the stand-up thing and said he'd take responsibility if the baby is his, and we look forward to how this story turns out, and how it affects Landon's possible reconciliation with his estranged wife, Bianca. Although they'll need DNA, because almost all newborns have Landon's hairline. Bald Men And Their Libidos
Cristiano Ronaldo's Secret Baby
Not to be outdone, Planet Football's hundred-million-dollar man announced July 3 that he'd become a father, and would be keeping the mama's name to himself—and there are now rumors that he used a surrogate. At present, CR Jr. is supposedly in Portugal, being cared for by the Real Madrid star's family while he parties it up in New York with Russian model girlfriend Irina Shayk. We're not saying we want the paparazzi to chase down Cristiano's mom while she's holding the baby, but six months or so down the line, would it kill him to walk around shirtless with his mini-me? Shirtless dudes holding babies can sell us anything. 7 Hottest World Cup Hotties