ANA MARIA MARKOVIC has revealed she hates her ‘world’s sexiest footballer’ tag as it brings unwanted attention.
The Grasshopper star, 22, wants people to get the full picture of what she is like as a player and a person rather than looking at the surface level.Ana Maria Markovic is often described as the world’s sexiest footballer[/caption] The forward plays for Swiss side Grasshoppers[/caption] The Croatian admires Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo[/caption] But she is not a fan of the negative attention she sometimes receives online[/caption]
Markovic was born in Switzerland but represents Croatia and idolises Luka Modric – though her favourite player is Cristiano Ronaldo as she admires his discipline.
The forward won her first cap for Croatia last year and that’s when the media attention on her good looks began.
Markovic admitted that much of it has been positive but it has brought its downsides too with nefarious individuals getting involved.
In an interview with 20min she said: “I liked the articles that called me the most beautiful footballer or one of the most beautiful because it makes me happy to hear that I am beautiful.
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“But then newspaper articles appeared in which I was described as the sexiest footballer. I didn’t like that.
“After that, a lot of people wrote to me pretending to be managers, and I know exactly what they want from me. They’ve never seen me play football and only look at the outside. I find that a great pity.
“I think such people should find out more beforehand and see what I can do in terms of football.”
Occasionally things take a darker twist with Markovic revealing she has received unsolicited explicit images on social media.Markovic revealed she has received unsolicited explicit images in the past[/caption] Markovic often stuns her more than 600,000 Instagram followers with bikini snaps[/caption]
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Markovic boasts more than 600,000 Instagram followers and does like some of the interactions she has with fans who send humourous messages.
She added: “There are a few pictures like that, it’s really ugly. I don’t know why a person does something like that, but I just make fun of it with my colleagues.
“Sometimes funny messages come from people who write that they want to serve me and, for example, want to clean the cams of my soccer shoes after training.”