The 37-year-old Hollywood star Matt Damon appears on the cover of the annual issue of People magazine where he has been honored “Sexiest Man Alive” of the year by People magazine.

Matt Damon said he was surprised to know that he won the title. He said: “Don’t get me wrong, though. I was really shocked and happy (Lucy said I actually blushed) when I heard the news. So I can’t thank you enough for that.”

In a letter of Damon Matt published in People, he wrote: “You gave an aging suburban dad the ego boost of a lifetime. My 9-year-old stepdaughter now thinks I’m cool — well, cooler.”

People magazine said in a statement: “George Clooney and Brad Pitt have shamelessly campaigned for him since 2001, but all it takes is one look at Damon’s piercing blue eyes, crooked smile and family-guy demeanor to understand why he has been chosen.”

Damon is the 22nd recipient of the magazine’s sexy title; the first winner in 1985 was Mel Gibson. George Clooney won the title twice in 1997 and 2006; Matthew McConaughey was the winner in 2005 and Jude Law in 2004.