Auckland goalie doubles as pro model

Kiwi soccer hunk Tamati Williams is showing his "Becks" appeal.

The Auckland City goalkeeper is New Zealand's answer to David "Golden Balls" Beckham wowing fans on the field with the skills that saw him make the All Whites in 2004, and travelling the world as a professional model.

On Friday, the 23-year-old appeared on reality TV show America's Next Top Model. Last night he was back in his football kit as Auckland City took on Wellington at Newtown Park.

But Tamati says he gets more of a kick out of saving goals than he does posing for the cameras.

"Football is my first love, I've been a goal keeper since I was nine," he told Sunday News.

"They know I model in the team but no-one really asks and I don't really advertise it.

"I want to do well in both but I get more of a buzz and feel more fulfilled when I do well in football.

"I'd rather be known as a footballer who does a bit of modelling as opposed to a model who does a bit of football."

Tamati has been modelling for more than four years, but took it up professionally after the national team failed to make it into the 2006 World Cup.

His agency in Sydney set up the America's Next Top Model job, in which he and four other male models posed with the five finalists in a sexy beach shoot.

"I didn't realise how big the show was until people started recognising me from it," said Tamati, who posed with Jaslene Gonzalez .

"The girls were all really really nervous, for them it was their biggest dream.

"With Jaslene I kind of sad, `I've been doing this for a while, relax, it's going to be alright'."

In the short term, Tamati hopes to take Auckland City to the top of the New Zealand Football Championship. Long-term, he would be happy to expand his catwalk portfolio and would even model underwear, Becks style.

"I've got my head down concentrating on football just now, but if I succeed in football then the modelling will come in handy."

Click here to see Tamati William's model portfolio.

Sunday News