David Beckham the top England and LA Galaxy soccer superstar has been named the “Heat” magazine's inaugural 101 Hottest Hunks in the World list 2012.

David - who raises four children, Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and Harper, with his wife Victoria Beckham - beat a host of famous hunks to the top spot, including Ryan Gosling, Ryan Reynolds and Bradley Cooper, who came second, third and fourth respectively.

Speaking about David's victory, heat editor Lucie Cave said: "Heat is known for showcasing the hottest celebrity men each week, but this is the first time we've compiled a definitive list of the sexiest men in the world. Our readers and panel of experts clearly have impeccable taste as there is genuinely no one more deserving of the title Sexiest Man on the Planet 2012 than David Beckham. He's got the lot - talent, style, sex appeal, charisma. Women adore him, men want to be him, and we're absolutely thrilled that he has topped our poll."


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Other heartthrobs to make the top ten include Robert Pattinson, Tom Hardy, Johnny Depp and Zac Efron.

The top 25 was compiled by counting the online votes of 1,000 heat readers and the choices of an expert panel comprised of Premier Models founder Carole White, celebrity photographer Nicky Johnston; and Heat Style Editor Jo Hoare.

Each guy was judged on talent, sex appeal, dress sense, and personality.

The results from 26-101 are based solely upon the votes cast on the survey on www.heatworld.com.

“Heat” magazine's 101 Hottest Hunks 2012, top 25:

1     David Beckham
2     Ryan Gosling
3     Ryan Reynolds
4     Bradley Cooper
5     Jake Gyllenhaal
6     Robert Pattinson
7     Tom Hardy
8     Johnny Depp
9     Hugh Jackman
10    Zac Efron
11    George Clooney
12    Harry Judd
13    Gary Barlow
14    Adam Levine
15    Gerard Butler
16    James Franco
17    Taylor Lautner
18    Harry Styles
19    Brad Pitt
20    Orlando Bloom
21    Justin Timberlake
22    Olly Murs
23    Ian Somerhalder
24    Michael Fassbender
25    Tinie Tempah


Ryan ReynoldsDavid Gabber / PR Photos