Nicklas Bendtner, Denmark
At 1.93 metres, Bendtner's physical capabilities alone are swoon-worthy. He can tower over any player who dares to challenge him and blocks threats with effortless ease. The 22-year-old already has five different awards under his belt. Though the Danish player qualifies as both cute (he sports dimples) and sexy (he's fond of tattoos) we're a little put-off by him inking "Caroline" — his girlfriend's name — on his right wrist. His ability to commit is admirable, but at his age, we fear he might have to cover it up with a thorny rose in a few years. We let him get away with it for its tiny size and lack of visibility. Image Credit: Rex Features

Copenhagen: Former Arsenal star and Denmark international Nicklas Bendtner was convicted of assaulting a taxi driver and sentenced to 50 days in jail on Friday by a city court in Copenhagen, but walked free from the courtroom pending an appeal hearing.

The 30-year-old striker, who plays for Norwegian club side Rosenborg, has appealed against the sentence, his lawyer said, and he was released until the hearing in a higher court.

“We think that it’s not good for the club and not good for Nicklas, but he remains a player in the club. We are keeping him,” Rosenborg CEO Tove Moe Dyrhaug said.

In surveillance video of the incident in September, Bendtner appears to strike the driver in the face and kick him after a row started over which way the driver was supposed to drive.

Bendtner admitted to hitting the taxi driver in the face but said it was because he felt threatened when the driver threw a bottle or a can towards him and his girlfriend when they left without paying.

Bendtner, who was left out of the Denmark side that reached the knockout stages of the World Cup in Russia this year, has 81 games for the national team, scoring 30 goals in the process but has not played a game for the national team since a draw against Chile in March.

— Reuters