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QUIZ: Can You Identify These USA Olympians That Could Bring Home The Gold In Rio? Test Your Knowledge HERE!

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Even though the Summer Olympics in Rio are getting off to a rocky start, millions of fans worldwide can't wait to cheer on their countries to win big.

Like most years, the U.S. is sending out a slew of frontrunners with a good chance of achieving the ultimate Olympic glory.

Of course, many stateside fans are getting ready to root for big names like Ryan Lochte, Gabby Douglas, and the U.S. Women's Soccer Team to win — though not every must watch athlete is a household name!

Related: Gisele Bündchen Will Be MUGGED During Olympics Opening Ceremony

Competitors like Haley Anderson and Trayvon Bromell are expected to earn gold medals in their categories, but they are just a few of the lesser-known favorites to keep your eye on.

No one wants to have a confused Ryan Lochte face when discussing the Olympics — so, take the quiz (below) to brush up on U.S. athletes that could take home the gold in Rio!

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The 16 Hottest Athletes Competing In The 2016 Rio Olympics

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Every four years, millions of people watch the Summer Olympics in hopes their country will take home the gold.

And even those of us who aren't invested in the actual games still usually tune in to stare at all the hot competitors!

Athletes like American soccer star Hope Solo and gymnastics hunk Jake Dalton train to accomplish amazing physical feats — which makes their bodies into perfect specimens!

But these U.S.A. favorites are far from the only hotties competing in the 2016 games in Rio — can we take a second to marvel at Italian beach volleyball stud Alex Ranghieri and Netherlands field hockey babe Ellen Hoog?

Take some time to appreciate the chiseled bodies of the hottest Olympic athletes competing in Rio next month (below)!

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[Image via Sports Illustrated/Instagram.]

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Soccer Superstar Lionel Messi Appeals Tax Fraud Charges As He Faces MILLIONS In Fines — See Why He May Not Have A Shot!

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Star soccer play Lionel Messi sure has been in the news a lot recently — and unfortunately, it's not for the best reasons!

A little more than a week following announcing his retirement from international play, the 29-year-old is now dealing with a nightmare of a legal situation after he and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, were found guilty on Wednesday of three counts of tax fraud in Barcelona!

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In the original ruling, Messi was ordered to pay a fine of around

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Soccer Superstar Lionel Messi Sentenced To 21 Months In Prison For Fraud — But He'll Probably Never See A Jail Cell!

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Well this seems pretty foul…

Lionel Messi is pretty much God's gift to soccer (sorry — football), but that doesn't mean he's the best at everything else in his life — like his finances.

In fact, the 29-year-old superstar was just sentenced to 21 months in prison for three counts of tax fraud early Wednesday morning!

Video: Leo Takes A Break From Crime To Do The Ice Bucket Challenge

We guess it's a good thing Leo decided to retire so young… because according to Spanish courts, the former Barcelona forward was accused of hiding more than $11 MILLION between 2007 and 2009!

However, along with his father Jorge Horacio Messi, Lionel is expected to serve out his sentence under probation as opposed to any actual jail time due to Spain's leniency on first-time offenders/the most famous man in the country.

Score one for Leo!

With that said, $11M is a ton of money, so maybe they'll try to make an example out of the Argentinian athlete after all??

Yeah… probably not.

[Image via Lionel Messi/Instagram.]

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Soccer Star Neymar Jr. Spends Quality Time With Selena Gomez Mere Hours Before Justin Bieber Uploads A Video With The Sports Stud… Coincidence?

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Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez seem to always be connected somehow.

Earlier this week, the Same Old Love singer and soccer pro Neymar Jr. were spotted leaving the same NYC hotel just five minutes apart. Coincidence? We think not!

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Still, it seems the twosome aren't dating each other as a source clarified the duo only first met on Wednesday. Not to mention, the former Disney darling ended up splashing around in a fountain with some kiddos at Brooklyn's Marcy Projects Playground WITHOUT Neymar.

Although, the Brazilian native did meet up with Selly G and her tour opener DNCE later that evening at the celeb hot spot Up&Down. The athlete even took to Snapchat to share a selfie (below) of himself and Joe Jonas. Hmm, very inneresting!

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Louis Tomlinson & Niall Horan Are AT WAR — On The Field! Get The Deets On Their Star-Studded Teams For UNICEF's Soccer Aid Charity Match!

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Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan could very well be the only two members of One Direction who are still chummy with each other.

But the former bandmates will be putting their friendship on hold for UNICEF's Soccer Aid charity match — where they will play on opposite teams!

On Thursday, the pop stars put on their best game faces as they trained for the upcoming game that aims to raise money and vital support for Unicef's work for children in danger.

Related: Niall Dragged Down By Internet Trolls Who Keep Bullying Him & His Family!

The annual charity game features two squads made up of 12 celebrities, eight soccer legends, and a professional manager — and this year, both teams are stacked!

The players joining Tomlinson on the England Team include celebs like

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Mexican Professional Soccer Player Kidnapped After Leaving Party On Saturday Night

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This is horrifying!

Mexican soccer star Alan Pulido has apparently been abducted in the crime-ridden northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, according to state authorities there who were mounting an operation on Sunday to find the athlete.

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The 25-year-old soccer star, who is a forward for Olympiacos soccer team in Greece and was a member of Mexico's 2014 World Cup team, was apparently grabbed early Sunday morning after leaving a party near his hometown of Ciudad Victoria.

Attorney General Ismael Quintanilla, speaking about the incident, said:

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