‘World’s sexiest athlete’ Alica Schmidt challenges Man City star Erling Haaland

Alica Schmidt – aka the world's sexiest athlete – has laid down the gauntlet to Manchester City star Erling Haaland.

German sprinter Schmidt, 24, is currently competing at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, where she helped her team reach the final of the 4x400m mixed relay last week.

Her attention has now turned to her upcoming solo events – but being laser-focused on the task at hand didn't stop her from considering the prospect of facing Haaland, 23, in a race.

She was asked by Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet if she would win against their nation's star footballer, who has often shown a freakish turn of pace himself on the pitch for club and country.

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Schmidt replied: “Ooo, I don't know – maybe. I think, on 400m, yes. But on 200m, it would be more difficult. But I would be happy if the race takes place any time."

The interview prompted: "When?" To which she responded: "I don't know, maybe I'll have to ask him that. But I'm always ready."

Schmidt then turned to the camera and officially called him out, saying: "Yeah so, Haaland, if you're ready to race, I would be happy. Let's see who's faster!”

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She previously blitzed Borussia Dortmund star Mats Hummels, 34, over 400m in a race two years ago – which her compatriot soon regretted to agreeing to.

After being comprehensively beat, he bemoaned: "Oh my God, this was the worst thing I ever did. I'm so glad I chose football. You make it look so easy."

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Haaland may therefore be wise to consider the challenge carefully. Schmidt recently set a personal best 400m time of 52.18 seconds, and it's not just on the track where she's been killing it.

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The blonde beauty was named on Forbes' coveted 30 under 30 list last November and boasts 4.3million followers on Instagram, thanks in part to being crowned the "world's sexiest athlete" by Australian magazine Busted Coverage in 2017.

It's not a label she's fond of, though, previously admitting: "This title doesn't mean anything to me. It's based on a subjective opinion of someone else judging the appearance of a person. I like to think that beauty comes from the inside."

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