London: Football icon David Beckham has been crowned 'The Sexiest Man on the Planet' in Heat magazine's inaugural 101 Hottest Hunks in the World list.
Beckham, 36, who recently renewed his contract with Major League Soccer side Los Angeles Galaxy, beat a host of hunks to take the top spot. Hollywood actors Ryan Gosling, Ryan Reynolds, Bradley Cooper and Jake Gyllenhaal completed the top five.
"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," said Heat magazine editor Lucie Cave.
"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," she added.
Other men to make the top 10 included Twilight star Robert Pattinson, Tom Hardy, Johnny Depp, Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron.