Every now and then during a broadcast of an NBA, soccer, NFL or even an NHL game, the cameraman will pan to a group of drop dead gorgeous group of women dressed in the most expensive clothes.
Know well known as WAGs (Wives and Girlfriends), many wonder how these sports athletes ever landed these women. Or rather, what is the motive behind the WAG being with the star? Many times these women could be the high school partner. Other times it is just the sports stars girlfriends.
However, on many occasions sports fans are wondering how did some players end up with such gorgeous woman? We're not denying that some of these WAGS might genuinely love the players, but there are so many circumstances around players that could seriously cloud the reasons around it.
It’s great being a sports star. You can easily pay for any clothes, cars, luxury items and so forth. Oh, and on top of that you are paid millions of dollars to do your job. Add two and two together, and this is an appealing image and lifestyle for any WAG out there.
Many have accused of being with some sports stars for this reason exactly – in other words gold diggers. This means while there is the presence of love possibly, the main reason she chose him is due to the fact of the amount of money he is earning.
Let’s take a look at which WAGS have been accused of being gold diggers.
15 Daniella Semaan (Cesc Fabregas)
This is a rather peculiar one, but let’s take a look at a few facts. Daniella Semaan is a gorgeous Lebanese born woman, who is 42 years old. She is seeing former Barcelona, Arsenal and current Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas. He is 30 years old.
That is a whopping age gap of 12 years, which already raises question mark as to what the intention behind the couple is. Fabregas is one of the highest paid soccer players out there, which adds another piece to the puzzle. She was also previously married to millionaire businessman Elie Taktouk, when she apparently had an affair with now partner Cesc Fabregas.
Semaan went through a messy divorce with Taktouk, where she went home with quite a sizeable sum of money, including a flat and a lump some of $2 million. It’s clear that she loves money and the finer things in life – and is not shy about it at all. For now though, they seem quite happy as a couple and keep going strong.
14 Evelyn Lozada (Carl Crawford)
Most high profile couples that end in divorce or big fights tends to get quite costly and messy very quick. This was exactly the case for Evelyn Lozada and L.A. Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford. Crawford is one of the best players out there, and his $142 million contract with the L.A. Dodgers speaks exactly to this.
Evelyn Lozada on the other hand was mainly known for being a model and television personality, who was doing well financially but wealth rocketed when she dated Crawford. She even starred in the reality series Basketball Wives, which is self-explanatory regarding a show about WAGS who literally enjoy life dating sport stars. So when the engagement between Crawford and Lozada went bad, she refused to give back the $1.4 million ring.
13 Pilar Sanders (Deion Sanders)
Deion Sanders was a star for both the sports he played, in baseball and football as well. He was nicknamed Primetime for his show stopping performance, and now appropriately works on CBS as a sports analyst.
He also became quickly famous for other reasons, most notably his marriage to Pilar Sanders that cost him a lot of money as well as made her perceived as a WAG that really just wanted money. It was messy split, which even saw Pilar jailed for a few days. It was alleged that she abused him and her children, and she counter sued for $2.2 million for defamation of character.
Not many people in the media understand exactly what happened between Pilar and Primetime.
12 Kim Kardashian
Who could ever forget the marriage between Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries?
It was the most elaborate, most broadcasted and expensive short marriages in recent memory of any marriage held. While Kim K wasn't in this necessarily for Humphries' money (after all, she's worth a lot more than him) the marriage generated a ton of publicity to the Kardashians.
The show, Keeping up with the Kardashians had a series of episodes leading up towards the wedding, through the planning, the intimate moments leading up to the wedding and then one of televisions most watched moments ever – Kim Kardashian's marriage to NBA superstar Kris Humphries.
Just 72 days thereafter, Humphries and Kardashian infamously got divorced. The amount of publicity she got from this event was crazy! The money she got from the television station for the shooting of the wedding is unparalleled to what most WAGs get.
11 Malaysia Pargo (Jannero Pargo)
Another basketball wife, Malaysia who was married to Jannero Pargo, seemed to walk away with much more than expected and above and beyond what many would call reasonable.
Malaysia appeared on the series called Basketball Wives because she had two things: beauty and a powerful sports star husband in the form of Jannero Pargo. Before that, she was known for having a good line of linen. Doesn’t quite equate, does it?
The result of the split between the two? Malaysia gets half of Jannero’s NBA pension, a 205 Mercedes Benz G550, rights to his company Beats LLC, a money market account and he also has to pay child support worth $14,000 plus.
Furthermore, he also had to provide a further $800 for each child for child care, and also access to his checking accounts. Ouch!
10 Vanessa Bryant (Kobe Bryant)
At pretty much any L.A. Lakers game, Vanessa Bryant used to always be seen on the sideline supporting her husband Kobe Bryant.
To be honest, why not? Kobe Bryant seemed to have it all. One of the all-time greatest NBA players, handsome, clutch and he was one of the highest paid athletes in the NBA ever after LeBron James and Michael Jordan. In other words, by virtue of this, she was literally the queen of the WAGs of the NBA and many have accused before of being a gold digger.
Why? She stayed with him despite the amount of times he had cheated on her (which was proven to be true). Loyalty pays though, as Kobe got her a $4 million ring and they seem happier than ever.
9 V. Stiviano (Donald Sterling)
Okay, breaking down the relationship between V.Stiviano and Donald Sterling – it’s not that hard to see what was actually going on here.
V.Stiviano is 35 years old. On the other hand, Donald Sterling is 83 years old. That’s a total age gap of 48. Needless to say, this is the first alarm bell.
Donald Sterling was one of the wealthiest men in the NBA. He was also shamelessly recorded making outrageous racist comments, which paints the type of person that he is. V. Stiviano, presumably saw beyond this and loved Sterling as a person deep down.
Or could it have been the millions of dollars in gifts she received from Sterling? Well, one of the gifts he bought her was an apartment worth $1.8 million. Not too shabby. Stiviano was eventually ordered to pay Sterling's wife Shelly $2.6 million, as Donald bought her gifts while Sterling and his wife were separated and Shelly Sterling couldn't seek them from a third party.
8 Rachel Hunter (Rod Stewart)
There’s almost an appropriate ring to the name Rachel Hunter and what it means to be a WAG that seems to be a gold-digger. She really had it all as a youngster, being a model at the age of 17 with the world at her feet.
She was even offered contracts to model for Playboy and other magazines, but refused and chose to do non-nude modelling.
She mainly rose to fame for dating and marrying Rod Stewart in the 1990s, but the pair got divorced in 2006. Not shy from dating stars, she had a long term-relationship with Sean Avery. On top of this, she also dated Jarret Stoll for three years, where there was an age gap of 13 years. That seems to be a recurring theme with WAGs who date for the money; age does not seem to be a determining factor at all.
7 Linda Hogan (Hulk Hogan)
One of the most famous marriages in professional wrestling history was between Linda Hogan and Hulk Hogan. The two shared a marriage of over 24 years, and it was not the smoothest ride at all.
It was filled with a series of accusations, adultery, cheating and Hollywood like arguments in front of the media. The court case took them two years to settle over a whopping $30 million estate.
Linda Hogan was well known to not be loyal to Hulk in the relationship. She cheated on him with one of her kid’s classmates, and also dated someone that was 30 years younger than her. In the divorce, Linda got 70% of The Hulkster's assets which is a ridiculous amount.
6 Kendra Wilkinson (Hank Baskett)
Starring in her own show called “Kendra”, Kendra Wilkinson shows her life after her infamous Playboy days.
Much of the show is about her marriage to former Philadelphia Eagle Hank Baskett. He has an estimated worth of about $4 million plus and continues to grow in wealth. Basket and Wilkinson to be fair, seem to be a beloved couple in the public eye. They are a likeable pair, and seem to have gone through a rocky patch but happened to overcome it.
Wilkinson might have been concerned what would happen to her career after leaving the Playboy Mansion, and the crazy lifestyle that Hugh Hefner had made her live (she revealed that she was quite unhappy). Marrying a Philadelphia Eagle is certainly one way to deal with it.
5 Deidre Pujols (Albert Pujols)
Albert Pujols is one of the greatest MLB players to have played the game. He was always revered as a player, but the former St. Louis Cardinals player’s reputation really skyrocketed when he married the overbearing Deidre Pujols.
At the time she was well aware of what she was doing and they type of money Pujols was making and was going to make in the future as well. When the pair became involved, Pujols's image changed and she seemed to be the demanding WAG that really would be the big spender while he earned all of it in the MLB. He got a whipping $240 million to move to California to play for the Angels, and Deidre gave the saddest radio interview where she complained on how ‘hard it was for her and the family’. Oh please!
4 Natalie Halcro (Shaun Phillips)
Miss Halcro is not shy about dating sport stars for the money.
She is a beautiful make-up artist that once said “there is nothing wrong getting yourself a ‘black card’ – referring to the money one earns from dating an NFL or NBA player. She is currently dating former NFL player Shaun Phillips.
The benefit to dating a high profile NFL player is getting opportunities to star in WAGS and Basketball wives – which is where Natalie also continues to make money from. It’s part of a whole host of other WAGS – such as Nicole Williams dating Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ player Larry English.
She does highlight the difficulty of being WAG, such as the issue when it comes to trust any sport star due to the notorious cheating track record they have.
3 Astrid Bavaresco
Bavaresco is one of those stars that makes any grown man ‘blush’ so it’s no surprise that she has been seen dating several NBA and NHL stars, even at the same time!
It’s also no coincidence that these stars always happen to be high profile and earn a lot of money as well. She’s been caught dating two men at the same time, not able to make up her mind who she likes more or who has more money
She has previously said “I’m ready to go out and date some hot baseball players”. If ever there was words that might make us suspicious of WAGs dating for the reason of money, then it would be that. She has a crush on Marlin AJ Ramos (baseball) and previously dated sports stars from the Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos.
2 Coleen Rooney (Wayne Rooney)
Coleen Rooney is married to former Manchester United Star Wayne Rooney. To describe her as gorgeous would be an understatement.
Like most WAGs, she tend to be quite dramatic and quite the big spender. It's no surprise there with the amount of money that Wayne Rooney is making. He has a net worth of about $160 million. She has earned the reputation of a ‘big spender’.
She made big airwaves when she bought fine New York emporia, was held up at customs and decided to pay the $25,000 plus tax there and then. She also got into a fight with Rooney and flung her ring into a nearby sanctuary, even though the ring was worth over $40,000.
It is still one of the marriages that is going quite well, but there’s no doubt that she is not shy to spend the buck.
1 Nastya Shubskaya (Alex Ovechkin)
There’s probably nothing wrong at all with Nastya. She appears flawless on the outside, drop dead gorgeous model from Russia currently married to NHL player Alexander Ovechkin.
Ovechkin is the captain of the Washington Capitals and previously perfected his craft in Russia. He famously made a name for himself being named as rookie of the year, winning the Calder Memorial Trophy. Throughout his career, Ovie has been the league's most prolific goal scorer and when all is said and done, he'll likely be a top five goal scorer in NHL history.
All of this prestige and success is what caught the attention of Shubskaya , who became quickly obsessed with Ovechkin. One look at the Instagram page of Nastya, and it’s clear that she is certainly enjoying the spoils of his success. It’s always pictures of vacation on exotic islands or in their home country of Russia.