The beauties who make the brawny footies look good .
Forget the times when soccer WAGS just had to look pretty. Today’s breed of football girlfriends and wives are a high powered bunch, sexy and successful, sometimes even more so than their better known sporty halves. From top rank journalists to actresses, models and chart-topping singers, the WAGs arriving in Rio for this year’s World Cup have far more than just shopping on their minds. These are women who’ve built their own personal fortunes and careers, creating a life for themselves. While fans cheered their favorite teams and players from Ronaldo and Messi to Neymar and Khedira, we only had eyes on the gorgeous WAGS who were out in full strength to cheer their men on. Our conclusion: behind every handsome hunk is an ever better looking woman!
Boyfriend: Gerard Piqué, Spain
Columbia’s answer to Beyonce! Leading the diva brigade is singer Shakira, a global star whose sold more than 70 million albums worldwide and won two Grammys. Remember her hip swaying, Can’t Remember to Forget you video? This beauty’s hips definitely don’t lie. The 37-year-old first met Gerard Piqué, 27, while filming the video for her 2010 World Cup song, Waka Waka, and began dating soon after. Last year they had their first child together, a son, Milan.
Boyfriend: Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal
This stunning Russian model was the cover star of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition in 2011 and first met Ronaldo when they shot the Armani Exchange campaign together. She’s tall and lissome with a body to die for. She’s appeared in countless fashion magazines including Vogue, Elle, Italian Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, GQ and Glamour. In 2011, the Russian bombshell ranked number one in the “50 Hottest Russian Women” list by Complex Magazine. But there’s more to her than stunning looks. She is currently working with a maternity hospital in her hometown and has helped rebuild the children’s ward of the local hospital; she’s also the official ambassador of Pomogi, a charity in Russia providing care to sick children
Boyfriend: Kevin-Prince Boateng, Ghana
The tattooed Italian television model is kind of a big deal in Italy. She has graced the pages of Sports Illustrated and Italian Maxim. Melissa can clearly give any top international model a run for her money. A popular compere, Melissa has hosted sports programs and comedy shows. Currently she’s playing mama to infant son Maddox Prince.
Boyfriend: Sami Khedira, Germany
Winner of Germany's Next Top Model, Lena Gercke is Germany's hottest export since Heidi Klum. After winning the first cycle of Germany’s “Next Top Model,” Gercke went on to walk in New York Fashion Week and star in the H&M, Mexx and Geox print campaigns. She’s also appeared in magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Sports Week, Glamour and Votre Beauté.
Husband: Alberto Aquilani, Italy
Quattrociocche made her cinematic debut in the 2008 comedy film Scusa ma ti chiamo amore, directed by Federico Moccia, where she played a teenager romancing a 37-year-old man. Quattrociocche went on to act in other films, Amore 14, Scusa ma ti voglio sposare, Natale a Beverly Hills and most recently Una canzone per te. She is also mother to three-year-old Aurora.
Boyfriend: Lionel Messi, Argentina
This buxom beauty won over Messi’s heart as a sixteen year old. Today the couple is inseparable though Roccuzzo prefers to maintain a low profile despite Messi’s international fame. The Argentinian stays out of the spotlight, spending time with their eighteen-month-old son Thiago. Isn’t it refreshing to see such a gorgeous woman preferring to stay to herself with no interest in capitalizing on her famous soccer playing half?
Husband: Wesley Sneijder, Netherlands
After high school, Sneijder-Cabau decided to become an actor. One the short films she acted in, Turkse Chick, was nominated for a Gouden Kalf, the Dutch equivalent to the Oscars. In 2006, 2007, and 2009 Dutch FHM voted her the “Sexiest Dutch Woman.” Yolanthe had a difficult childhood, probably the reason she has taken up several social causes; she is co-founder and ambassador for Stop Kindermisbruik, a foundation that prevents child sexual abuse in developing countries. She also helps free child prostitutes and prevents kids from being forced into prostitution. The true beauty with a heart.
Fiance: Mario Balotelli, Italy
The Belgium bombshell who recently got engaged to Balotelli has a foot long tattoo proclaiming undying love for her fiancé. Curvy and sexy, this model is a fresher, softer version of supermodel Naomi Campbell. She was on the cover of Vogue Germany in 2009.
Husband: Steven Gerrard, England
This blonde beauty is WAG royalty! She’s an English model, fashion columnist for the Daily Mirror and wife of Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard. Earlier she wrote a weekly column for OK Magazine and a health and fitness blog for Hello! In 2010 she took to designing launching the Forever Unique by Alex Gerrard Collection. It was so successful that she launched a second collection in 2011. She also plays mum to three girls, Lilly, Lexie and Lourdes.
Boyfriend: Mesut Özil, Germany
She’s a German singer, songwriter, dancer, and model who kicked off her career in 2001 when she won a reality singing competition. In the mid-2000s, Capristo rose to fame as a founding member of girl band Monrose, going on to release four studio albums and eleven singles. She broke away to go solo, launching an album Grace, and participating in the fifth season of Let’s Dance. Her first solo single, The Way I Like It released two years ago.
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