Football isn't just football anymore. It's also a lot about the players' personal lives, their partners, the sexiness of their partners (or the lack of sex appeal!), the vacays they run off too... Essentially, hello Paparazzi and Voyeurs.
The British media was the first to coin the term 'WAGs', in reference to the wives and girlfriends of footballers. Today, WAGs have become a symbol of the glamour and glitz surrounding modern day football.
Keeping in mind their influence over the game, here is a look, in no particular order, at some of the most famous WAGs from across the world.
Currently dating Manchester United midfielder and Bayern Munich legend, Bastian Scwhweinsteiger, Ana Ivanovic has been one of the top professionals in women's tennis over the years. The Serbian tennis ace was spotted with Schweinsteiger days after the 2014 FIFA World Cup, following the footballer's split with former partner Sarah Brandner.
Wife of former Manchester United and current West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard, Swedish supermodel Misse Beqiri is known for posting raunchy pictures of herself on her Instagram account. The couple tied the knot last year in June in Mauritius.
A lingerie model and a singer, Ann Kathrin Brommel is the long-time girlfriend of Bayern Munich and German national team midfielder Mario Gotze. Looking at her pictures, it is difficult not to envy Gotze's fortune.
The Spanish singer has been in a relationship with Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea since 2010, when the latter was still playing for Atletico Madrid in the La Liga. Recently, she was rumoured to have played an important role in De Gea's push for an ultimately failed move to Real Madrid.
The 29-year old Italian stunner was in a relationship with former footballer Christian Vieri for five years, before splitting up in 2011. Later that year, she started dating Ghanian midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng. In 2010, she appeared in a photo shoot for Sports Illustrated that showed her wearing body paint, representing the colours of the Italian national team.
Peter Crouch may not be one of the most prolific goalscorers, but the English forward has definitely scored well off the pitch. The lanky footballer is married to Abbey Clancy, a British model, with whom he has two daughters. Safe to say that Crouchy has done quite well in his life.
Famous for being a Page 3 model in British newspaper The Sun, Sam Cooke has been dating Manchester United centre-back Chris Smalling since 2012. The English footballer has enjoyed good fortune on the field recently, and it's not difficult to see why British men are envious of the former Fulham man.