The FIFA World Cup is one of the most popular sporting events in the world and for good reason! Soccer is beloved around the world but it’s not only random fans cheering on the teams’ players. There are also the wives and girlfriends (also known as WAGs). They share their lives with the most famous and talented soccer players around while also maintaining pretty fascinating lives of their own. They even hold celebrity status, thanks in part to their soccer star partners. Whether you call it soccer or football, read on to find out which wives and girlfriends of your favorite soccer players will be showing up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup being held in Russia.
1. Georgina Rodriguez & Cristiano Ronaldo
Georgina Rodriguez has been girlfriend to Cristiano Ronaldo since 2016. The two reportedly met at a Dolce & Gabbana event in the VIP area. At the time, Georgina was working at a Gucci store in the Spanish capital of Madrid.
Georgina can frequently be found on the sidelines of Real Madrid matches, the team Cristiano has played for since 2009. He is widely believed to be the best player in the world and some regard him as the best player of all time. He will be playing on the Portugal national team at the 2018 World Cup.
2. Shakira & Gerard Pique
Pop star Shakira has been dating Spanish soccer player Gerard Pique since 2010 when the couple met at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Pique plays as center-back for Barcelona and the Spanish national team. Together the couple has two children.
Shakira was the singer of the official 2010 World Cup theme song “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa).” Pique appeared in the music video for the song and played an integral part in Spain’s 2010 World Cup win, so you can bet Shakira will be at this year’s World Cup cheering him on.
3. Antonella Roccuzzo & Lionel Messi
Argentinian soccer player Lionel Messi is married to his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo. The two both grew up in the city of Rosario, Argentina and started a romantic relationship back in 2008. The couple returned to their hometown to marry in 2017.
Together, Messi and Roccuzzo have three children: Thiago, Mateo and Ciro. Messi currently plays for Barcelona and is their well-established all-time top scorer. After reversing his decision to retire from international soccer, he led the Argentinian team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
4. Ruby Mae & Dele Alli
Ruby Mae and Dele Alli reportedly started dating back in early 2016 but their relationship wasn’t confirmed until she planted a kiss oh him at the Euro 2016, in front of millions of on-looking fans.
Ruby Mae might be young, but she is already causing a storm in the modeling world. She has modeled for numerous famous labels, such as Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Hidden Fashion and The Couture Club. The 5”9 model also has a huge Instagram following and Dele frequently shows up in pictures.
5. Annie Kilner & Kyle Walker
Annie Kilner, glamour model and mother, is girlfriend to Manchester City’s right back, Kyle Walker. Kilner will be appearing at the World Cup alongside Walker. The two met back in 2011 in their hometown of Sheffield, England, and have a son together.
Walker has admitted that he probably drives Kilner mad with his cleaning habits and love of shoes. “I don’t like mess. My missus will probably tell you that I drive her insane with all my cleanliness.” Walker will be playing for the English team in the 2018 World Cup
6. Perrie Edwards & Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
British singer Perrie Edwards just recently started dating Liverpool and English national team midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The two tried to keep their relationship under wraps from the media until she finally admitted “I have a boyfriend and his name is Alex. He’s very cute and hot… and sexy.”
Edwards is part of the British girl group Little Mix and according to Oxlade-Chamberlain, he gives her some “street cred.” The singer toured the US in 2017 with US pop star Ariana Grande and won a BRIT Award for the group’s song ‘Shout Out To My Ex.’
7. Alexandra Ivarsdottir & Gylfi Sigurdsson
Beauty queen Alexandra Ivarsdottir is girlfriend of soccer player Gylfi Sigurdsson and together, they are one of Iceland’s most famous celebrity couples. Ivarsdottir was crowned Miss Iceland in 2008 and has been turning heads as one of the most beautiful WAGs in the world.
Sigurdsson made waves back in 2016 in the Euro Cup and has been on the up and up ever since. Sigurdsson was eventually traded to the English soccer club Everton in a $60 million deal. He will be playing for the Iceland national team in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
8. Bruna Marquezine & Neymar
Brazilian model and actress Bruna Marquezine is girlfriend to Brazlian soccer superstar Neymar, who ESPN called the world’s fourth most famous athlete back in 2016. Bruna, who is only 22, has been seeing Neymar on-and-off since 2012.
The famous actress and model has a huge Instagram following of over 28 million people. Neymar’s professional move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for a whopping $260 million made him the world’s most expensive player. He will be playing for the Brazilian nation team at the world cup.
9. Anna Lewandowska & Robert Lewandowski
Athlete Anna Lewandowska is married to star Polish soccer player Robert Lewandowski. She is a world champion in karate and a specialist in nutrition. Anna graduated from the Academy of Physical Education in Warsaw. The pair have been married since 2013.
Together, they have a daughter named Klara. Robert Lewandowski currently plays for Bayern Munich and will be playing for the Polish national team at the World Cup in 2018. He has been ranked as the fifth best soccer player in the world and named Polish Player of the Year for an amazing seven years.
10. Amal Belhanda & Younis Belhanda
Morrocan attacking midfielder Younes Belhanda is married to his childhood love, Amal Belhanda. She can frequently be found at the stadium cheering on Younes from the stands. They have two children together, Muhammed and Nur.
The couple had both of their children while Younes was playing for soccer club Dynamo Kyiv. He now plays for the Turkish club Galatasaray and will be playing on the Moroccan national team at the 2018 World Cup.
11. Anastasia Kostenko & Dmitri Tarasov
After filing from divorce from TV personality Olga Buzova in 2016, Russian soccer player Dmitri Tarasov started dating model Anastasia Kostenko. The couple married in 2018 and shortly after it was reported that Anastasia was pregnant with their first child together.
Dmitri caused controversy in 2016 when he took off his shirt during a match with a Turkish team to reveal an undershirt with a picture of Vladimir Putin and the words “the most polite president.” Dmitri was fined almost $6,000 for the political stunt.
12. Andrea Duro & Javier Hernandez
Spanish actress Andrea Duro has been girlfriend to Mexican superstar Javier Hernandez ever since he was playing for German club Bayer Leverkusen. Duro made her film debut back in 2010 with the Spanish movie ‘Three Steps Above Heaven,’ and has starred in multiple long-running Spanish TV series.
Duro announced her celebrity relationship via a video on Instagram Stories. Hernandez leads the Mexican team as the all-time leading goal scorer. He currently plays for West Ham United. Read on to discover some more famous WAGs that will be showing up at the World Cup.
13. Noémie Happart & Yannick Carrasco
Belgian winger Yannick Carrasco met his girlfriend Noémie Happart, Miss Belgium 2013, in her hometown of Liege, Belgium. The two met at a bar and exchanged details. Happart reportedly didn’t even know that Carrasco was a soccer player. They have been together ever since. She is currently studying medicine at Liege University.
“When he told me he was a professional player, I was pretty suspicious,” Happart said. ”I had a fairly stereotyped image of footballers and I was afraid he had a reputation. But Yannick is a great boy, so I gave him a chance, he’s a handsome guy but I was mostly charmed by his character and personality.”
14. Yoo So-young & Son Heung-Min
South Korean soccer player Son Heung-Min has been dating actress Yoo So-young for some time now, although his constant being out of the country hasn’t helped their relationship. Son currently plays for the Tottenham Hotspurs.
Son has some amazing playing ethic and is able to excel at just about every position on the field. “I don’t care where I play. The main thing is I’m in the game. I can play as a second striker or behind. What the coach says, I’ll do. I don’t have a favorite position. I’ll be anywhere and always on the throttle,” Son says.
15. Lorelei Taron & Radamel Falcao
Colombian soccer play Radamel Falcao met his wife Lorelei Taron in church when she was just 16 years-old. The two didn’t hit it off straight off the bat but eventually ended up falling for each other. They married in 2007.
Lorelei Taron is a well-known Argentinian singer and, thanks to her husband, one of the UK’s wealthiest WAGs. Falcao reigns as the Colombian national team’s all-time leading goal scorer and has been playing for the Monaco soccer club since 2013.
16. Lisa & Thomas Müller
Lisa and Thomas Müller were high school sweethearts. They met in 2006 when they were only 17. After dating for two years Thomas popped the question on Christmas Eve at her parent’s home. They waited a year and got married in 2009.
When asked why the couple got married so young, Thomas replied, “Lisa and I have good jobs, and don’t have the problems most young people have with their jobs and studying or money so we thought, why not?”
17. Jessica Sterling & David Ospina
Colombian soccer player David Ospina married model Jesica Sterling in 2012. The couple has two children together, a boy and a girl. The two reportedly met in a club and exchanged information after immediately falling for one another.
Goalkeeper David Ospina currently plays for Arsenal and has been with them since 2014. He has been playing for the Colombian national team since 2007 and in 2014 he was part of the team that made it to the quarterfinals of the World Cup.
18. Pilar Rubio & Sergio Ramos
TV presenter and Spanish reporter Pilar Rubio started her relationship with Sergio Ramos in 2012 and today the couple has three children together. Rubio left college, where she was studying economics, to pursue a career in modeling. After appearing in a number of men’s magazines she broke into the world of television.
Ramos, after spending his youth in Sevilla’s youth academy, moved over to Real Madrid in 2005. From there Ramos’ career took off. He has represented Spain at three World Cups and won the 2010 FIFA World Cup, getting his name added to the FIFA World Cup Dream Team.
19. Edurne Garcia & David De Gea
Spanish soccer goalkeeper David De Gea’s girlfriend is none other than Edurne, the Spanish singer, actress and TV presenter. She rose to fame in 2005 and even represented Spain in the 2015 Eurovision Contest. Meanwhile, her boyfriend David De Gea is considered by many to be the best goalkeeper in the world.
De Gea began his soccer career at the very young age of 13 with Atletico Madrid and quickly rose to stardom for his talents. He then moved on to Manchester United in 2011 and has been there ever since. He will be representing the Spanish national team at the World Cup.