By Ivan Saldajeno
SOME professional teams have become fan delights not just because of their style of play but also of the style of some of their players.
In fact, these clubs became centers of attraction for girls and even the boys due to the players' grooming.
Here are 10 teams, however, that stand out.
10. Rain Or Shine Elasto Painters (PBA)
|James Yap remains an attraction at age 38. Nina Carezon (file photo)|
Even if he now has an Italian girlfriend, the 38-year-old gunner remains one of the PBA's crowd favorites.
Now wonder why the fans of Rain Or Shine increased when he was traded there for Paul Lee.
Javee Mocon also possesses the charm for the Elasto Painters, however, like Yap, he is also taken.
9. Meralco Bolts (PBA)
|Anjo Caram has slowly emerged as one of the faces of the Bolts. PBA Images (file photo)|
However, with players like Anjo Caram, Nico Salva, Trevis Jackson, and Aaron Black, the Bolts have also slowly become a charm for the female fans.
8. PLDT Power Hitters (Spikers' Turf)
|John Vic De Guzman, like Rachel Daquis, Mika Reyes, and Ara Galang, is now one of volleyball's hottest names.|
So it is not a surprise that PLDT has a good fanbase in Spikers' Turf.
However, the Power Hitters have a strong squad with Mark Alfafara and Jayvee Sumagaysay helping De Guzman in leading them.
7. Cignal HD Spikers (Spikers' Turf)
The HD Spikers have former Ateneo stars Ysay Marasigan and Rex Intal and former National University spiker Peter Torres.
At one point, Cignal had Marck Espejo, who holds the UAAP and Spikers' Turf records for most in just one game.
They do not just have the good looks but also the hard spikes.
No wonder they won the grand slam in last year's Spikers' Turf season.
6. NLEX Road Warriors (PBA)
|Kyles Lao is one of the Road Warriors' newest faces. PBA Images (file photo)|
Kevin Alas' explosiveness also suffices to get the fans hooked, although he just got married to Selina Dagdag.
While NLEX's two superstars are taken, you can still find good-looking guys in the team in Kris Porter, Kyles Lao, Jericho Cruz, Larry Fonacier (although they are already married too), and Anthony Semerad.
5. United City (PFL)
|Stephan Schrock is now living to his "Mr. Football" tag. Dennis Acosta (file photo)|
From an energetic midfielder early into his career, Schrock has blossomed into a leader for both the Azkals and United City.
No wonder why new Head Coach Trevor Morgan assigned him to become a playing assistant coach for the reigning PFL champion.
Of course, there is also prolific striker Bienve Marañon, the AFC Cup's all time leading scorer.
You may find other charming United City players in Sean Kane, Mike and Manny Ott, OJ Porteria, Dennis Villanueva, and Jordan Jarvis.
4. Azkals Development Team (PFL)
|After a colorful collegiate career, Jarvey Gayoso begins his pro journey with the ADT. Mike Romero (file photo)|
Already strutting its stuff in last year's Copa Paulino Alcantara, the ADT will now play one full season in the PFL.
Led by striker Jarvey Gayoso, the ADT is expected to give the other five PFL clubs a run for their money.
But aside from his talent, Gayoso, the son of PBA legend Jayvee, also has good looks as well as Kristofer Reyes, Simen Lyngbo, and Curt Dizon.
Actually, the ADT's youthfulness makes the club an attraction among football fans.
3. Alaska Aces (PBA)
|Known as one of PBA's apples of the eye, the Aces are now led by Jeron Teng. Nikki Collantes (file photo)|
Alaska may have lost its prime good looking guy in Chris Banchero, but the player Magnolia exchanged for Banchero turned out to be good looking too in Robbie Herndon.
Mike DiGregorio also joined Herndon in the Aces' camp through a separate trade.
Teaming up with veterans Jeron Teng and Rodney Brondial, they revived what Alaska has become ever since it joined the league in 1986, a team with the right amount of brawn and beauty.
2. NorthPort Batang Pier (PBA)
|Jonathan Grey has emerged as a "crush ng bayan" in the PBA. Dennis Acosta (file photo)|
Having Jonathan Grey alone suffices that the Batang Pier are apples of the fan's eyes.
But they too have Robert Bolick, Sean Manganti, Renzo Subido, Kevin Ferrer, and Chris Standhardinger.
Fresh from making the semifinals last season, NorthPort could be in for a title run this PBA season, and this could sound good news to its fans.
1. Maharlika Manila (PFL)
|During his prime, Misagh Bahadoran was known as a gunner. Now, he can regain his old form with newly founded Maharlika Manila. KC Cruz/UFL (file photo)|
Actor Daniel Matsunaga, who is making a return to top flight football, is already an eye-popper for the fans by himself.
Add team owner Anton Del Rosario and fellow veterans Joaco Cañas, Simon Greatwich, Misagh Bahadoran, Eddie Mallari, and Charlie Beaton and you now have a club full of charm.
Watch out for this club this PFL season.
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