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PHOTOS: 20 Athletes tattooed to tease

Last updated on: July 29, 2013 15:16 IST

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Tattoos are known as an expression of oneself, and it's no different with sportspeople.

Rediff.com presents sport stars who have inked themselves to tantalise! Browse through this  slideshow.

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Anastasia Davydova, Russia’s synchronised swimmer, has her back and buttocks inked with pretty butterflies! 


Photographs: Issei/Reuters

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Russian tennis player Svetlana Kuznetsova says it how it is! 


Photographs: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

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German high jump athlete Ariane Friedrich lets her competitors know she is on the prowl, always! 


Photographs: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

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Days after the birth of his son, Barcelona's ace footballer Lionel Messi had his hand imprints and name tattooed on his left leg. 

A moving gesture, we say! 


Photographs: David Ramos/Getty Images

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Swedish diver Jesper Tolvers inks his passion on his back.


Photographs: Gustau Nacarino/Reuters

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Football may be her first love but American soccer star Natasha Kai has sure found another love in body art!


Photographs: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for the Women's Sports Foundation

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This triathlete has a special moniker for himself and he knows how and where to flaunt it! 


Photographs: Alex Grimm/Getty Images for Challenge Walchsee-Kaiserwinkl

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Australian professional boxer, Michael Katsidis is of Greek decent. Here he shows his patronage to his roots with a tattoo depicting the Vergina Sun, which is the symbol of the Greek state of Macedonia.


Photographs: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

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US high jumper Inika McPherson has gained popularity for her punk look with that heavily inked, fit body and that a super cool haircut!

What a winning combination that! 


Photographs: Ian Walton/Getty Images

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Former England soccer captain David Beckham's love for tattoos is now part of modern folklore.

From the names of family members to a portrait of Jesus Christ,  Beckham has shown his love to all through the tattoos on his body!

Also read

PHOTOS: David Beckham's obsession with tattoos explained


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Here we have Cuba's Damian Lopez Alfonso, a paralympian and men's individual C4-5 1km cyclist showing off the artwork on his leg.


Photographs: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

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Nothing matches a fit body like a load of pretty tattoos inked all over, and, Swedish soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has that perfect match.

The Paris Saint Germain striker has us swooning over that hot bod! 


Photographs: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images and Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

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Tennis player Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic gives us only a sneak peek of her tattoo inked high on her thigh.

So, now you see it, now you don't! 


Photographs: Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images

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Former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson has a unique design tattooed on the left side of his face.


Photographs: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

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Italian Serie A footballer Cyril Thereau of AC Chievo Verona has beautiful wings inked on his back and has a heavily tattooed arm as well.


Photographs: Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images

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Trey Hardee the American tack and field athlete who specialises in decathlon, sports a tattoo of the Olympic rings.


Photographs: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

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Tennis World No 1, Serena Williams has a tiny heart inked on the back of her neck.

Whether this tattoo was made after finding love in coach and boyfriend Frenchman Patrick Mouratoglou is a million dollar question!


Photographs: Julian Finney/Getty Images

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Aussie rules football player Nathan Jones sports a female portrait and some other extensive drawings on his arms and back.


Photographs: Michael Dodge/Getty Images

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Jordan McClean, who plays Australian Rugby League football for the Melbourne Storm, shows off some 'scary' artwork on his left leg.


Photographs: Michael Dodge/Getty Images

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Britain's wheelchair tennis player and a finalist at this year's Ladies Wheelchair Doubles at Wimbledon shows her emotions on her back with this telling tattoo.


Photographs: Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images

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Player Dane Swan of the Magpies shows off his heavily inked legs during an Australian Football League match.


Photographs: Michael Dodge/Getty Images

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