Yes, I am a complete creep for writing this article. No, I deserve no forgiveness. If you are a father of one of these women, please do not come after me.
Before you read any further, I must inform you that in order to complete this journalistic endeavor I engaged in some of the most vigorous internet creeping since the dawn of social media. To you this may evoke what bachelorettes likely did prior to this season’s The Bachelor with Ben Higgins – except their version likely involved more lust and fewer rigors. The only reason that analogy popped into my head is because The Bachelor aired immediately following Jeopardy! The point is, creeping was the primary method for gathering information for this article. Perhaps such methods are now standard in 21st century journalism - if this article is even deserving of that description.
On to the daughters: It’s important to note that they are not known for being socialites or models, with a few exceptions. Instead, they are simply known as the daughters of soccer stars. As such, their photos aren’t exactly strewn across the internet. Due to this lack of evidence, ranking them by their looks was not at all a simple task. I decided to go to the next step.
Instead of ranking purely on traits typical SI swimsuit models such as Kate Upton or the lip-filling Kylie Jenner (both of whose photos undergo masses of airbrushing, if you were still unaware), I’m attempting to consider anything from athletic accolades to educational background, and even how illustrious their own father’s careers were. So, there may be a couple of caked-up faces in this list, but fewer than you might expect.
Again, please forgive me, fathers (of daughters). We’ve made this list an unlucky 13 because only bad karma can come from doing something like this, am I right?
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13 Dalma Maradona – Daughter of Diego Maradona
She might be beautiful, but her father’s unspeakable doing in the 1986 World Cup quarterfinal against England will leave her in last place in any ranking – at least for all of us associated with Her Majesty. For those of you unaware, “The Hand of God” is what is being referring to. Diego’s blatant fisting of the ball into the goal went uncalled and England has since been unable to get to the finals of a World Cup since. Dalma is in her 20s and is a professional singer and actress, so of course she has Instagram and Twitter pages. Interestingly, her sister Giannina was married for four years to Manchester City star Sergio Agüero.
12 Kelly Cates – Daughter of Kenny Dalglish
Kelly Cates, the eldest daughter of Kenny Dalglish has married on, but there is still a 50-50 chance for those of you who will be single in a decade or two, right? It turns out that one of her two younger sisters, Lynsey and Lauren, makes an appearance on this list as we continue. Their father, Kenny, is often unanimously considered the best Scottish soccer player of all time. He has won multiple individual accolades, team Cups, and league titles playing with both Glasgow Celtic and Liverpool. Mr. Dalglish even made it on to Pelé’s list of 125 best footballers. Kelly is a proud daughter, no doubt.
11 Valentina Allegri – Daughter of Massimiliano Allegri
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Valentina is certainly a stylish-looking Italian, at least so it appears on her Instagram page (@valentina_allegri). She seems to be just like any other young self-involved Italian woman her age, though her attention to style and makeup would make any Kardashian daughter proud.
A winner of two Serie A coach of the year honors in 2011 and 2015, her father Massimmiliano led Juventus to the UEFA Champions League finals in 2015 where they fell to Lionel Messi and Barcelona, unsurprisingly. He had a long professional career as a midfielder from the late 1980s through the late 90s in the Italian Serie A.
10 Charlotte Rummenigge – Daughter of Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
One of five children, Charlotte has been performing dressage at high-level competition for quite some time. There is even a page devoted to her competition results. Her father’s competition results were quite impressive, as Karl-Heinz is a three-time Bundesliga top scorer with Bayern Munich, a two-time World Cup Runner-Up (1982, 1986) and a winner of the 1980 European Championships with West Germany. That’s quite a lot for a daughter to live up to, which she recognizes in an interview at one of her events.
9 Hollie Shearer – Daughter of Alan Shearer
The daughter of the beloved Newcastle star who stole the heart of Geordies and Britons alike during his career is trying to lay her own claim to fame. Hollie has her own music on Instagram, YouTube, and Soundcloud. Aside from devoting much of her life to singing, she attends several Alan Shearer Foundation events that raise awareness for disabled people.
8 Matilde Mourinho – Daughter of José Mourinho
That’s right, Chelsea FC’s fervent manager who recently resigned named his daughter after his wife, just like he named his son after himself. It’s only fitting for a man of such narcissism. Daughter Matilde recently made headlines when she showed up with dad for the GQ awards in a rather flattering dress. I’m willing to bet she will end up dating a soccer player. Father Mourinho’s vigor and aggressive managing style alone shot his daughter up the rankings.
7 Estelle Bergkamp – Daughter of Dennis Bergkamp
Estelle Bergkamp is the daughter of perhaps the greatest Dutch soccer player of all time. It’s quite a shadow to live in, although she has made it to Hogeschool – the Dutch version of college – so she can’t be doing that badly. That’s pretty much all we can say about her. Other than she’s got the northern European look – blue eyes, fair hair and all. It’s hard not to look at her and think about her father’s wonderful goal against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup.
6 Lauren Dalglish – Daughter of Kenny Daglish
Lauren jumped ahead of everyone with her “After 8 challenge” video on Instagram entered the realm (@dalglishlauren). She masterfully uses her facial muscles to transport the mint-chocolate treat from forehead to mouth. Scroll to the bottom of her instagram page to see if you can match her achievement. Her grand, exceptional blue eyes certainly don't hurt.
5 Lindsay Rijkaard – Daughter of Frank Rijkaard
This one is a rarity. I went through, Spanish, Brazilian, and Dutch tabloids to confirm this, but Lindsay seems to have dated the beloved Ronaldinho Gaucho while he was coached by her father, Frank Rijkaard, at Barcelona. Then again, the original source on this may not be credible, just as ESPN’s Chris Mortensen showed us with “Deflategate,”
Father Frank won the European Championships with Holland in 1988 and managed Barcelona to the UEFA Champions League title in 2005-06 while winning the UEFA Manager of the Year in the same year.
4 Bianca Gascoigne – Step-daughter of Paul Gascoigne
3 Claudia Hierro - Daughter of Fernando Hierro
Claudia captured the awe of many Spanish online publications, and will now capture yours, after photos of her family vacation in Ibiza surfaced. Speaking of family, they certainly have not shied away from the limelight as her brother Álvaro dated Miss España, Desirée Cordero. Her father Fernando is a five-time La Liga champion with Real Madrid and three-time UEFA Champions League winner.
Not surprisingly, Claudia is dating a soccer player who shares her brother’s name, Álvaro Vasquez. How do people fare dating someone who shares names with immediate family? It must be uneasy, at times.
2 Natalia Butragueño – Daughter of Emilio ‘El Buitre’ Butragueño
A ballerina and dancer through and through, Natalia grew up in what many privileged European’s enjoy: a bilingual upbringing. Living in Mexico, Spain and finally England for performing arts school, Natalia has devoted her life to using her feet just like her father. Emilio ‘The Vulture’ Butragueño amassed an impressive 123 goals with Real Madrid over 11 seasons, which earned him a spot on Pelé’s top 125 list.
1 Elmira Dassaeva, 29 – Daughter of Rinat Dasayev
Here’s our number one: Elmira Dassaeva of Aragon, daughter of the legendary Russian goalkeeper of the 1970s, Rinat Dasayev. Elmira, whose father easily made it as the only Russian on Pelé’s list of the 125 greatest footballers, has carried on the athletic gene.
The “ of Aragon” is not a silly Lord of the Rings reference but rather the region in northeastern Spain where Elmira was named Athlete of the Year in 2005. She earned that title after being named the 2005-2007 World Series champion for individual aerobic gymnastics. For those of you with similar ignorance about gymnastics, aerobic and rhythmic gymnastics is basically figure skating on steroids with imaginary rings on a gym floor, with some break dancing mixed in for good measure.
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