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WAGs XI: Meet the 11 most famous partners of international footballers

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 12:41 IST

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.

Ana Ivanovic
Ana Ivanovic. Photo: Getty Images

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.

Viktoria Varga
Victoria Varga. File photo.
A Hungarian model, Viktoria Varga is dating Southampton and Italian national team striker Graziano Pelle. The two have been together for over three years now. Coincidentally, Pelle has enjoyed his best form in the game since starting his relationship with Varga.
Misse Beqiri
Misse Beqiri. File photo.

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.

Ann Kathrin Brommel
Ann Kathrin Brommel. File photo.

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.

Edurne. File photo.

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.

Melissa Satta
Melissa Satta. File photo.

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.

Abbey Clancy
Abbey Clancy. File photo.

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.

Sam Cooke
Sam Cooke. File photo.

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.

Shakira. File photo.
The Colombian singer has been dating Barcelona star Gerard Pique since 2010, when the two met during the shooting of Shakira's single 'Waka Waka' ahead of the FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The couple have two sons together: Milan and Sasha.
Georgina Dorsett
Georgina Dorsett. File photo.
A former star in the BAFTA award-winning British soap opera 'The Only Way Is Essex' (TOWIE), Georgina Dorsett started dating English midfielder Tom Cleverley in 2012, when the latter was still playing for Manchester United. Two years after giving birth to daughter Nevaeh, she tied the knot with Cleverley earlier this year in London.
Sara Carbonero
Sara Carbonero. File photo
A Spanish sports journalist, Sara Carbonero has been dating former Real Madrid and current Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas since 2009. In January 2014, Carbonero gave birth to their son Martin. Last year, following Casillas' move from Real Madrid to Porto, Carbonero followed suit and moved to Oporto in Portugal. In July 2009, Carbonero was voted "The Sexiest Reporter in the World" by the American edition of FHM.
First published: 11 December 2015, 1:16 IST