Footballers do just about everything to keep us all entertained for the better part of the year, yet it’s still not enough. The sublime goals, tricky dribbling and captivating moments do well to keep the attention of almost the entire planet, but it’s nothing without the off-pitch drama that surrounds the sport.
Everyone wants to get up close and personal with today’s stars and a look into their personal affairs is sometimes just as entertaining as what we see for 90 minutes at a time on weekends and midweek. But it isn’t easy, is it?
It’s near impossible to get them on the end of a scope, as they’re pretty sheltered from the public. However, with today’s technology, they can’t keep everything under wraps.
One aspect of footballers lives that always garners interest is their love lives. Who players date always make for a great story, and sometimes, these women are pretty famous themselves. All of the time, though, they’re top shelf, which is why everyone just loves getting to know who’s the next new WAG.
In this list, we take a look at 20 Premier League stars and who they’re dating. Not trying to brag or anything, but you’re in for a treat.
20 David Luiz - Sara Madeira
Chelsea star defender David Luiz has been one of the most dependable centre-backs in the Premier League this season. The Brazilian was sold by Chelsea in 2014, joining French side Paris Saint-Germain. But returned this term under Antonio Conte, with his form taking everyone by surprise.
Known for his erratic behaviour and questionable decision making during his first spell at Stamford Bridge, Luiz’ return beckoned a few raised eyebrows. However, the defender is partly responsible for Chelsea’s ascent this term and has shut everyone up.
Keeping the 29-year-old grounded is Sara Madeira. The pair have mostly kept details of their relationship private, but Luiz was forced to deny he was a virgin some time after joining PSG. He is a devout Christian and has certain beliefs, yet abstinence – apparently – isn’t one of them.
19 John Obi Mikel - Olga Diyachenko
John Obi Mikel has been seldom used by Chelsea this season, if not being used at all can be considered seldom on some level. A star for the Nigeria national side, Mikel’s talent isn’t as revered at Chelsea and he could be set to leave the club in January.
Mikel is Chelsea’s longest-serving squad member after captain John Terry, having joined the Blues back in 2006. The pairing of N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic has been preferred by Antonio Conte this season, leaving no room for the Nigerian, but he seems to be appearing where it counts; at the side of his stunning Russian beau Olga Diyachenko.
Mikel is said to be madly in love with Olga, who is the daughter of a Russian millionaire with various business interests in London. It is rumoured that the beautiful blonde is particularly good at preparing Nigerian meals, so that's obviously why.
18 Danny Ings – Georgia Gibbs
You might think that Danny Ings has the worst luck in the world. Ever since joining Liverpool from Burnley, the English striker has suffered two long term knee injuries. He has been ruled out of action for the rest of this season and it’s unlikely he’ll ever really get a chance at Anfield. But he does possess bags of talent and, if he can recover properly, he will definitely have his opportunity to shine at some club or the other.
Seems very unfortunate, does it not? Yet you would have to imagine that the mishaps are much easier to deal with when there’s a hot model living at home.
Indeed there is, with Ings dating Georgia Gibbs, a voluptuous beauty, who doesn’t mind letting the world know how dirty she gets it on with her man. A few months back, a photo of Gibbs standing in front of the striker and dressed in something rather raunchy surfaced on her Instagram.
He must really be enjoying his rehabilitation.
17 Sergio Aguero - Karina Tejeda
If he lived in a different era, Sergio Aguero would be the hottest thing in Argentina right now. But with his best bud Lionel Messi hanging around for a bit, the Manchester City striker will have to play second best for now.
Aguero, who is City’s highest-ever scorer, with years to go ahead of him still, was married to the daughter of Argentina great Diego Maradona, but has since been estranged. The hardest part of the breakup was being referred to as a wimp by the former attacker, but Aguero should be over it by now, as he has someone new in his life.
The forward is seeing Argentine Cumbia singer Karina Tejeda, although it was said that he dated Toni Duggan, a striker on City’s women’s team sometime last year following a split with Tejeda. But earlier this year, Aguero and Tejeda were seen spending a holiday in Miami.
Seems like he’d rather keeper as opposed to a striker.
16 Granit Xhaka – Leonita Lekaj
Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka may very well be the Premier League’s new bad boy, especially given the fact that Chelsea and Spain striker Diego Costa has considerably watered down. He isn’t much of a fighter, but he really is a hard man in the middle of the park and has said that he isn’t about to trade his passion for favour with match officials.
Xhaka joined the Gunners from Borussia Monchengladbach during the summer and has played 14 times for the Emirates side. He has managed to accrue 28 fouls, three yellow cards and one red card so far and isn’t ready to slow down by the looks of things.
The Switzerland international is engaged to Albanian brunette Leonita Lekaj. The pair have been engaged since last year and could soon tie the knot, with Xhaka desperate to land some variety of silverware this season.
15 Dele Alli – Ruby Mae
Tottenham Hotspur attacker Dele Alli was an absolute revelation last season, breaking out to help propel the London side into title contention.
Spurs did fall short, losing out to champions Leicester City and rivals Arsenal in the end, thanks to Chelsea, but that hardly suggests that any of the gloss should be taken off Alli’s personal campaign. The 20-year-old has since worked his way into the England set-up and looks to be one of his country’s most promising players, but also suffered disappointment at the Euros this year.
Disappointment, though, is relative. And on other fronts, the player is doing just fine. Alli is currently dating young lingerie model Ruby Mae. The Spurs man has been seeing Ruby since April, but got himself in a bit of trouble after he was found to be on a celebrity hook up app back in August.
14 Anthony Martial - Melanie Da Cruz
Manchester United ace Anthony Martial proved the doubters wrong last season, having come in from Monaco with a hefty price tag. The Frenchman cost United £36 million up front, but that fee could rise to £58 million with add ons.
Martial was embroiled in a well-publicized dispute with ex-girlfriend and mother of his daughter earlier this year. The forward broke up with Samantha Jacquelinet, who apparently caught him cheating, which is a real double blow, as the infidelity wasn’t on her part.
He is now seeing French reality TV star Melanie da Cruz, the very same woman he was cheating on Samantha with. Melanie and Samantha were also involved in a social media spat after Samantha cast remarks via Snapchat. She claimed to have moved on, but does admit that she was left in tatters when she was dumped.
13 Virgil van Dijk - Rike Nooitgedagt
Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk has seen his popularity soar this season due to his stellar performances at the back for the Saints.
The Dutchman is on everyone’s radar at the moment and it is being rumoured that he could make a big money move to Manchester City in the upcoming transfer window. Southampton have never put up much resistance when other teams knocked in the past, so it’s very likely that the player will leave in the not-too-distant future.
Van Dijk’s partner happens to be Rike Nooitgedagt. Rike used to be a sales manager at a clothing store back in Holland, but had to give up her job when her beau moved to Celtic in 2014. They now have a baby daughter together, but poor Rike could be set for yet another move soon, as van Dijk is now one of the most sought-after defenders around.
12 Hector Bellerin – Esha Gupta
The Gunners star is one of the fastest footballers on the planet. And what’s more, he’s a defender. Hector Bellerin has lit things up at the Emirates this season and is one of Arsene Wenger’s most coveted pieces.
The Spaniard is a product of the Barcelona youth system and the La Liga champions are quite desperate to snatch him back. However, he has been insisting that he’s happy in London and doesn’t intend to return to Spain anytime soon.
Bellerin is rumoured to be dating Indian beauty Esha Gupta. The actress, who won the Miss India pageant in 2007, was seen eating at a vegetarian restaurant with the right-back in September and she also left with him.
This really could be a thing.
11 Jack Butland - Annabel Peyton
The Stoke City goalkeeper has been rather unfortunate with injuries this year, but it’s probably just karma being karma. Butland was disappointed not to feature for England during the Euros due to injury, but is certainly getting his groove on with the ladies. The stopper was dumped by his childhood sweetheart Steph Parsons earlier this year, after she found out that he had been seeing an air hostess for months.
Steph and Jack spent nine years together, starting out at the tender age of 14, but that obviously didn’t mean much to the England international, as he chose to step out on his relationship with Annabel Peyton.
He met Annabel when the Stoke team went to Dubai for a mid-season break early on in the year and she’s been bumped up to chief WAG, given Steph’s departure.
10 Andy Carroll – Billi Mucklow
West Ham striker Andy Carroll has had his own misfortunes with injuries, but is back in action for the Hammers as they look to claw their way up the table. Carroll must be one of the biggest disappointments in the Premier League. The Englishman burst onto the scene at Newcastle, earning himself a lucrative move to Liverpool. However, injuries and poor form killed his career. He has tried to resurrect his career and his form has somewhat returned, yet it’s mostly sporadic and the striker can’t really be relied upon, given his history with injuries.
Carroll’s partner is reality TV star and entrepreneur Billi Mucklow. The couple have a young son together and could tie the knot pretty soon, having gotten engaged already. Billi has admitted that her man’s tough love keeps her in fine physical form, as he motivates her to diet and exercise.
9 Alvaro Negredo – Amparo Moreno
Alvaro Negredo’s return to the Premier League hasn’t been disappointing at all. The former Manchester City striker is making it happen up front for Middlesbrough and, at the time of writing, had five goals and three assists from 17 appearances. The Spanish striker didn’t do badly as a City player either, but other options were preferred at the point of attack and he was sold to Valencia in 2015, having spent the previous year there on loan.
He is now dating Amparo Moreno, who is said to have been at his side for the last two years. The striker separated from Clara Garcia in 2011 and it was initially thought to be just a break. But there doesn’t appear to be any coming back for either party.
8 Marc Albrighton - Chloe Fulford
Leicester City midfielder Marc Albrighton probably never thought he’d win the Premier League title last season or any season for that matter. But he’s done it anyway and his name will forever be remembered as part of the underdog band who shook the country to win the Foxes their first ever top flight campaign. Albrighton, 27, started out at Aston Villa, but moved to Leicester in 2014, following a loan move to Wigan. Villa must surely miss him, given their current disposition.
The midfielder is seeing Chloe Fulford, a teacher whom he met while still in his teens. The pair are engaged, and should be wed any day now. Chloe was unfortunate to have lost her mother in a terror attack in Tunisia last year and publicly called on the British Prime Minister to ensure that such never happens again.
7 Memphis Depay - Lori Harvey
Manchester United winger Memphis Depay has fallen way below expectations, having moved to Old Trafford under Louis van Gaal last season. The Dutchman was a proper star during his PSV Eindhoven days, but his form tailed off since the switch.
Elsewhere, though, Depay should be in some positive fettle, as he happens to be dating Steve Harvey’s stepdaughter, Lori Harvey. The player shared photos of himself and Lori cuddling up in Paris as she celebrated her 19th birthday sometime in early 2016. Steve has always been a good natured guy, so we shouldn’t be expecting family feuds or anything like that. But if the pair ever get married, it will be interesting to see if the entertaining TV personality walks down the aisle holding the right woman.
6 Jesse Lingard – Carla Howe
This Man Utd attacker, unlike Memphis Depay, has shown really positive signs and has even gained the trust of Jose Mourinho. Jesse Lingard famously scored the winner for the Red Devils in last season’s FA Cup Final, and has maintained a place in the squad even after Mourinho’s taking over. The Portuguese is known for his preference of imports over academy products, but seems to have changed his stance this season.
The 24-year-old is dating sexy Playboy model Carla Howe. Carla is certainly very experienced when it comes to being a WAG, as she is said to have dated the likes of Nathaniel Clyne, Jack Wilshere, Patrice Evra, Juan Cuadrado… and even Mario Balotelli.
Dele Alli is also rumored to have harboured some interest, but it certainly seems like Lingard put up a better show.
5 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – Perrie Edwards
Arsenal forward Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is having a very respectable season for the Gunners, having scored six goals along with six assists at the time of writing. The 23-year-old has been with the club since 2011, signing from Southampton, who are famous for their brilliant academy products. He is also the son of former England international Mark Chamberlain.
The attacker is believed to be seeing Perrie Edwards, a member of British all-girl group Little Mix. The group won the UK’s X Factor five years ago and have gone on to release four albums since.
Little Mix performed at X Factor in early December, with Perrie putting on quite the show. Oxlade-Chamberlain was in attendance and was said to be beaming with pride. The pair are taking things slow, but they’ve definitely hit it off.
4 Paul Pogba – Dencia
Paul Pogba became the most expensive player in the world when Manchester United brought him back to Old Trafford during the summer. The Red Devils were forced to part with $109.7 million to recapture a player they let go for free four years prior. He isn’t exactly setting the world alight just yet, but he’s certainly improving and his performances are growing with every game.
The Frenchman is said to be dating Cameroonian singer and designer Dencia. The pair seem a perfect match given their extravagant taste in fashion, but according to certain neighbors, they could do with some toning down. Pogba and Dencia reportedly angered residents at a hotel where the player stays with their extremely loud sex noises, following the player’s transfer to United.
They have both denied this, however.
3 Gylfi Sigurdsson - Alexandra Ivarsdottir
The Swansea City man was part of what will go down as a historic Icelandic team during Euro 2016. The Icelanders wrote quite the story and effectively ended England’s campaign with a shocking round of 16 win that sent the Three Lions packing. They weren’t able to get past France and bowed out in the quarter-final, but they have surely earned the respect of their peers.
Sigurdsson was winning on a different level, however, as his girlfriend Alexandra Ivarsdottir was on show during the tournament. The beautiful blonde won the Miss Iceland pageant in 2008, and also represented her country at the Miss World competition in Johannesburg that same year. She won the Miss World Sports segment of the competition, and was one of the 15 semi-finalists overall.
2 Raheem Sterling - Paige Milian
Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling has shown vast improvement under Pep Guardiola this season, having fallen short on form in his first campaign with the side. The former Liverpool man is doing quite well, despite City’s many slip-ups, finally showing that he’s worth the price tag.
Sterling is shacked up with Paige Milian, and the couple are expecting their second child. Back in November, photographers caught them having a stroll with Paige looking quite filled.
“The shirt was clearly a statement to show she was having a baby and she was saying, ‘Raheem’s the Daddy’,” A source said to a popular English publication. “It seems as if she’s about six months gone.”
They were thought to have secretly tied the knot after Paige referred to the player as ‘My husband’ on an Instagram post in early December, but there has been no confirmation of such.
1 Jack Wilshere – Andriani Michael
Arsenal’s on-loan midfielder Jack Wilshere is facing a bit of a battle getting back into the fold at the Emirates. The England international was loaned to Bournemouth in the summer and is getting a regular run-in, with the aim of returning to reclaim his spot.
Wilshere is currently dating Andriani Michael, the daughter of his barber,Michael Michael. Michael works as a scout for Chelsea, but also owns a barbershop in Cockfosters, a suburban area in North London. He met Adriani through her father and proposed to her in May of 2016.
After receiving the nervous nod, the player tweeted: "This weekend my beautiful girlfriend made me the luckiest man in the world and said yes! Couldn't be happier!"