Footballers are role models in today’s world and off the pitch they can be compared to any other famed celebrity. Their status-quo is further enhanced by the presence of certain elements known as WAGs in their lives. Models, pop-stars, movie stars and the list goes on. No one can resist the temptation of being paired with a top-notch football player.
The fact that WAGs have attained a special place in the world of sports thanks to the emergence of Victoria Beckham, Cheryl Cole and other such glam dolls, it’s just a mandate that you should know the Lady luck behind the current football stars on the field.
Here’s my list of the top 10 WAGs for 2012:
10. Ivone Meireles
The glamorous wife of Chelsea midfielder Raul Meireles, Ivone is an ex-model. She generally prefers to keep a low social profile unlike the other glitzy WAGs. However, her love for tattoos and experiments with the latest fashion trends always keeps her trending in the British media.
9. Sylvie van der Vaart
After enjoying a long and illustrious career as a television personality (also voted as the hottest Dutch female in 2003), Sylvie met the love of her life in the name of Rafael van der Vaart (then an Ajax player). Sylvie and Rafael got married in 2005 and the ceremony was telecasted live on the Dutch TV channels. Both of them enjoy a cult status in Netherlands and they’re also referred to as ‘the Beckhams of the Dutch’ in their homeland.
8. Lisa Muller
After marrying his girlfriend Lisa in 2009, Thomas Muller is said to have maintained a low profile of their personal life. Lisa being a top German model met Thomas during an Ad campaign before they fell madly in love with each other.
After the departure of David and Victoria Beckham, the Old Trafford enthusiasts were looking for their next queen WAG. And finally the wait was over, in came David de Gea and his pop-star girlfriend Edurne. Edurne has maintained her celebrity status in Spain for the past few years and now looks forward to create the same impact on the British media. Her voice and beauty has already got her a huge fan following all across Europe, and the pairing with one of the future icons of football can only guarantee the rise of super-stardom of this diva.
6. Antonella Roccuzzo
Antonella is a long time girlfriend of the three-time Footballer of the Year- Lionel Messi. Antonella was studying nutrition in Messi’s hometown Rosario when they both met at a party. In December 2009, while Messi visited Argentina to cure his injury and to attend a big family birthday, he met Antonella. They certainly knew each other from a long time, but it was this particular meeting which saw this long-term friendship slowly shape into something special. Now the couple have settled in Barcelona where Antonella is continuing her education.
5. Raffaella Fico
A former girlfriend of CR7 and currently in a relationship with the controversial Mario Balotelli, Raffaella rose to the world of fame with her entry in Italy’s eight edition of the Big Brother. She also garnered a lot of media attention when she decided to auction her virginity for € 1 million in 2008.
4. Sarah Brandner
She’s a German model and girlfriend of Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger. In 2009, Brandner and Bastian met during a social event in Munich and it took them no longer than a week before the couple started dating each other. The pair has completed more than two years of staying together and is due to marry later this year.
3. Yolanthe Sneijder-Cabau
Married to the Dutch ace Wesley Sneijder, Yolanthe is an award winning Dutch actress and a television host. In the years 2006, 2007 and 2009, she was voted as the ‘Sexiest Dutch Woman’ by the Dutch FHM magazine. Even though Yolanthe’s mostly occupied with her outdoor movie shoots, she’s still known to be very possessive about everything related Sneijder.
2. Irina Shayk
If it’s about being one of the hottest WAGs in the world, then it has to be Cristiano Ronaldo’s girl. Irina is a cover model for Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit editions. This Russian beauty was charmed by the Madrid winger in an Armani Ad shoot. The two were spotted together at many high profile events including the ATP tennis event in Madrid during a match featuring Rafael Nadal in 2011.
No guesses required for who has topped this countdown! It had to be Shakira. She’s dating the Barcelona defender Gerard Pique from the past 1 year and they are looking forward to marry in the next couple of months. Unlike most WAGs, Shakira doesn’t need a soccer star for attention. She’s the more famous half of that couple, not to mention older (34 to Gerard’s 25). So little time together and its already the most talked about pairing in the world of football.
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