Hot La Liga player of the day: Fernando Llorente (Athletic Bilbao)

19 Sep

Photo: Getty Images via Daylife

So many reasons to love 25-year-old Fernando Llorente Torres (or the Lion King, as they call him in Bilbao). First, there’s the obvious: the beautiful grey-blue eyes, the gorgeous grin. And he’s 195 cm, or 6’5″ (which is why 170 cm Jesús Navas looks particularly tiny here). The hair has its moments. And as I tweeted earlier today, he will be modelling for the 2011 Bilbao firefighter calendar (I presume they know he’s not a real firefighter).

Then there’s the fact that he’s a Pisces like me, which is always a win in my book. As a kid in La Rioja, he played clarinet and took voice lessons (both of which I also did) and once bottle-fed a litter of kittens. Awwww.

Finally, he’s good. After the first three fixtures of the season, he’s tied with Diego Forlán for the most goals, at three.

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