I think we can all agree, the life of an elite soccer star is pretty amazing – working a few hours a day, playing the sport you love, earning the adoration of millions and pocketing the GDP of a small country for your troubles. It doesn’t get a whole lot more envy-inducing than that, as careers go. But then to add to the beautiful homes, cars and clothes they tend to have, they also have a habit of dating very beautiful women too. With the obscene amounts of money these sportsmen can command, it shouldn’t be a surprise that they attract the attention of some of the most sought-after women on the planet.
Obviously these women are incredibly good looking, which is why they were chosen for this article, but most of them have pretty impressive resumes themselves, and pull in high annual salaries too. On this list we have a multitude of careers, from UNICEF ambassadors, to professional sportswomen, to models and TV and movie personalities. You may think of a lot of soccer stars as very image conscious individuals… well it turns out a lot of their partners are too! So let’s take a look at the prettiest of them all.
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15 Abbey Clancy – Married to Peter Crouch
Born in Liverpool in 1986, Abbey became a household name after appearing on the second series of ‘Britains next top model’ in 2006. She eventually finished runner up in the competition, but gained enough notoriety to land several magazine and newspaper modeling jobs as a result. She began dating the robot-dancing extraordinaire in 2006 and they married in 2011. Between 2007 and 2014 Abbey was a regular on many TV quiz shows and hosted a number of features and segments on female fashion. In 2013 she also proved to be quite the dancer herself, as she and partner Aljaz Skorjanec won Strictly Come Dancing. Peter once famously answered the question; ‘If you hadn’t become a footballer, what would you be?’, by stating ‘still a virgin’. Despite his gangly frame and accusations of infidelity along the way, he and Abbey have remained strong and I can’t help thinking, he’s done rather well for a self-stated ‘lurch-like, virgin’.
14 Lena Gercke - Girlfriend of Sami Khedira
Lena Gerke is another on this list of WAGs who is both a fashion model and television personality. She gained initial public exposure by winning Germany's Next Top Model and has gone on to host Austria's version of the same show. Having gotten her start in the modelling industry at a casting call for Burger King, of all places, Gercke went on to do a number of catwalk shows, photoshoots and dance performances. But it was once she won Germany's Next Top Model with Heidi Klum, that the wider public became aware of her.
She has also modelled in campaigns for Cosmopolitan, H&M and Glamour magazine. In 2010 she made an appearance on the New York fashion week for the Spring season. Her TV appearances have been limited, but she also appeared as a judge on Das Supertalent in 2013. She and Sami Khedira have been dating since 2011.
13 Jourdan Dunn – Rumoured girlfriend of Daniel Sturridge
Dunn is a 26-year-old English fashion model. She was discovered at the age of 15, in a Primark in Hammersmith in 2006 and quickly signed to Storm Model Management. She spent a number of years walking fashion runways, and became the first black model to represent Prada in over a decade. As her star continued to rise, she became the face of Maybelline in 2014, at which point Forbes magazine listed her as one of their top earning models, having pulled in over $4 million in one year.
Dunn has continued to go from strength to strength in the modelling sphere, and graced the cover of British Vogue magazine in 2015, again becoming the first black model to do so in 12 years. In the same year she also won the ‘Inspiration award’, for her philanthropic work, by continuing to raise awareness and funding for fighting Sickle-cell disease and her diversity activism within the modelling industry.
12 Federica Nargi – Engaged to Alessandro Matri
As we’ve seen before on this list, Federica Nargi is a 26-year-old model and TV presenter who has been engaged to Italian soccer ace Matri since 2009, and with whom she has a daughter, Sofia, born this year. Federica began dancing in her childhood and in turn was eventually spotted by a beauty scout. Following on from this, she competed in a number of beauty contests, before entering and finishing 11th in Miss Italy in 2007, after winning Miss Rome to qualify. As a result of increased fame from the Miss Italy contest, Nagri landed a presentation career with ‘Strip the News’ for four years, accompanying a fellow showgirl.
As with others on this list, she also made the switch to being appointed as spokesperson for modelling house Koralline for a number of seasons. Over the years between 2012 and present day, Federica has starred in a number of TV projects and seems to be looking to remain in that sphere going forward.
11 Polly Parsons - Girlfriend of Thomas Vermaelen
Polly Parsons has made her living as a model and UK TV star, as she has presented in the popular BBC Three program "Real Hustle". She's dating Barcelona star Thomas Varmaelen who is currently on loan at Roma. Vermaelen has struggled with injuries in recent years, which was in part why he landed in Barcelona, after some rough seasons at Arsenal. As tough as those years were, it must have taken some of the pressure off, knowing he had someone like Polly waiting for him every day. She's presented at other awards shows and has also has had some other guest spots on television.
She's been with Thomas for four years and they now have two sons, Raff and Ace. It seems like she's content with being a full-time mother.
10 Pilar Rubio – Girlfriend of Sergio Ramos
Pilar Rubio is nearing 40 and is no less attractive than many of her younger counterparts on this list. Rubio is born and raised in Madrid and continues living there to present day with partner Ramos. They have been an item since 2012 and welcomed sons, Sergio and Marco, in 2014 and 2015 respectively. She has garnered success and fame by starring in comedy sketch shows on Spanish television and becoming a reporter for news channels. So much so, that between 2007 and 2009, she won best television reporter awards and ‘most beautiful woman in the world’ awards with the Spanish version of FHM magazine.
Unfortunately, in the last few years Rubio’s television career has fallen away somewhat, with a number of attempted talent show hosting appearances that were all cancelled early in their runs. However, her looks have not faded and Ramos can still consider himself a very lucky man.
9 Sara Carbonero – Married to Iker Casillas
Carbonero is a 32 year old, Spanish, sports journalist, and wife of Iker Casillas, now at Porto, after moving from Real Madrid. Cabonero got an early start in the sports journalism field, by jumping in as an intern with Radio Marca whilst still in the third year of her Journalism degree, 6 months later, she was hired. From there she moved into sports reporting for TV, and from 2000 until her move to Oporto last year, she was working for Telecinco. She and Casillas have been together since 2009, and as a result of their relationship, Carbonero was embroiled in a scandal that alleged she had distracted the Spanish keeper during the 2010 World Cup, resulting in a conceded goal against Switzerland. However, a number of Spanish papers labeled these claims as ridiculous and untrue despite the fact that Cabanero acted somewhat unprofessionally, by interviewing her boyfriend Casillas, after the match. The couple have 2 children, Martin and Sara, born in 2014 and 2016 respectively.
8 Viktoria Varga – Girlfriend of Graziano Pelle
Pelle may be one of the highest-paid soccer stars in the world, thanks to his new signing to a Chinese super club for a rumoured salary of £15 million a year, however his ego wasn’t too huge to fly to Gyor, Hungary to prove himself to Viktoria Varga. The story goes that Pelle approached and started messaging Viktoria via social media, but being unimpressed by his advances, she told him she was in Hungary and to come find her. Not being easily dissuaded, Pelle apparently flew to Hungary, met Varga at a hotel, and presented 100 roses as a welcome gift.
Varga is another on this list who is an internationally recognized fashion model, with an Instsgram following in the hundreds of thousands. Perhaps it was Graziano's nifty footwork that caught her eye (he is apparently a former ballroom dancing champion)?! But whatever it is, the photogenic couple have now been together for a number of years and seem very happy together.
7 Jesica Sterling – Wife of David Ospina
Ospina will be most recently known as the substitute goalkeeper of Arsenal in the Premier League, but before that he played for Nice in France for six years, joining Arsenal in 2014. He and Colombian wife Jessica met via social media in their teens and communicated for six months or so before actually meeting in person. Having married in 2012, she has followed David from Nice to London when transferred in 2014 and they have a daughter named Dulce Maria. Not a huge amount is known about Jesica, but she is fairly active on social media and Instagram, posting photos of the family and so on. Unlike many others on this list, it seems she is happy not to do modelling and content to be a full time mum to Dulce Maria.
6 Sam Cooke – Girlfriend of Chris Smalling
While Chris Smalling's club, Manchester United has struggled in recent years, Smalling's love life sure isn't suffering, as he's been dating blonde bombshell Sam Cooke for several years. Cooke is an English model and a DJ as well. She has said she wants to make a bigger commitment to becoming a full-time DJ. Her career seems to be going well at the moment, as she's appeared in clubs all around the world, including Egypt, Malaysia and Ibiza. She has also worked extensively with the UK dance label Hed Kandi.
Her modelling past included many appearances in men's magazines including FHM, FRONT, Maxim, Loaded, Zoo, and Nuts. It's easy to see why she found so much success as a model, but you have to give her credit for exploring a new career path.
5 Ana Ivanovic – Married to Bastian Schweinsteiger
Although Schweinsteiger may be a household name to those who follow international football and to a lesser extent the German league, this is probably a case of his fame being dwarfed by that of his spouse, Ana Ivanovic. Ivanovic has been a female tennis professional since 2003, reaching as high as world number 1 in 2009! The 29-year-old has won 15 WTA titles, including the French Open grand slam title in 2008, and been runner up at the Australian Open and a semi-finalist at Wimbledon. Outside of tennis she also studies finance at a university in Belgrade and Spanish in her spare time.
In 2007 she became a UNICEF National Ambassador for Serbia, with a special interest in education and child protection. Ana has also featured in no less than four tennis video game titles and a Serbian rap song called ‘Hurricane Ana’. She and Schweinsteiger married in July of this year.
4 Ellen Hoog – Girlfriend of Georginio Wijnaldum
Wijnaldum was a new signing for Liverpool this summer by Jurgen Klopp who has made a solid start for the club, but his partner Ellen Hoog has been attracting just as much attention for her talent and good looks. Hoog is a Dutch professional field hockey player, and along with her teammates, has won two golds and a silver at the Olympic games between 2008 and 2016. She became the first player to decide a major championship match by penalty shootout, when she scored the winner against New Zealand in the 2012 Olympic semi finals. She repeated the feat again in the 2016 semi against Germany.
She also won the Hockey Federation's Player of the Year award in 2014. The entire Dutch team has a reputation as one of the most beautiful female teams in all of sports, but also one of the most successful, having dominated the European and World Championships and the Olympics, for the last 10 years.
3 Amra Silajdzic – Married to Edin Dzeko
Continuing the theme of qualified models, in 2000 Silajdzic won Metropolitan Top Model in France, at the age of just 16. She went on to model for Anchor Blue and become the face of Robin Jeans. Amra has also starred in a multitude of music videos for artists such as Enrique Iglesias, Taio Cruz and Blake Shelton. Recently she has been pushing harder to get into the movie and TV industry, starring in Entourage and CSI:NY, and the movie, Gothic Assassins in 2011.
Since 2011 she has also been in a relationship with Edin Dzeko and they subsequently married in 2014 and welcomed a daughter just this year. With Dzeko currently playing for Roma in Italy, and Amras’ home being in Los Angeles, how they split their time or where they’ll live once he steps away from football commitments is a mystery.
2 Shakira – Girlfriend of Gerard Pique
Shakira will be 40 years old next year, but there can be no argument that she is still one of the most beautiful women in the world, as proven by her annual appearances on ‘most beautiful women’ lists across the media. She was the girlfriend of Agentine lawyer Antoine de la Rua for almost 11 years, before acrimoniously splitting in 2011 (he tried to sue her for over $100 million). But it was her decision to begin dating Gerard Pique of Barcelona that brought her to this list. The couple have been together since 2011, and now have two sons, Milan and Sasha.
Shakira is obviously a multi-million record selling artist as we know, having released 10 albums between 1991 and 2016, and has an estimated net worth of over $200 million. But she is also famous for her activism. In 1997 she founded a Colombian educational charity, which provides schooling to poor children across the country. She is also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and has been recognized with awards from the charity for being, ‘a true ambassador for children and young people, for quality education and social justice’.
1 Ann Kathrin Brommel – Girlfriend of Mario Gotze
Ann Kathrin is famously quoted as saying ‘Someone whose purpose in life is to be the wife of someone, this I cannot understand’, ‘I am the girlfriend of Mario Gotze, but I have my own personal goals I want to achieve’.
These personal goals have included becoming a well-known model through Germany's Next Top Model and being a solo vocal artist, releasing two singles, ‘This Is Me’, and ‘Body Language’. She also has well over half a million Instagram followers and it’s easy to see why. And as much as Ann Kathrin has a stable career of her own, it was when Gotze scored the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup, and she ran onto the pitch to congratulate him, that the internet searches into this German beauty's backstory really began. She and Mario have been dating since 2012, but the 27-year-old model seems perfectly happy not to tie the knot any time soon.
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