The Most Beautiful Wives And Girlfriends Of Soccer’s Top Players
By Sarah Jones
These 20 soccer players — or football players, depending on which part of the world you’re in — are at the top of their game and renowned throughout the world. But chances are they couldn’t have got so far without their supportive partners. In the U.K., they’re known as WAGs (for wives and girlfriends). So, let’s take a look at the most accomplished, talented, and beautiful women in the wonderful world of soccer.
1. Victoria Beckham
Is there a more famous WAG in the business than Victoria Beckham? She’s a top fashion designer, and of course she used to be a Spice Girl. She and her bandmates already had the world at their feet when Victoria encountered a young soccer player named David at a charity match. She gave him her phone number, and before they knew it they were one of the biggest super-couples on the planet.
Married to: David Beckham
Victoria and David have been married for decades now and their love has never faded. Victoria wrote a letter to herself in a 2016 issue of Vogue magazine where she said, “Love at first sight does exist. It will happen to you in the Manchester United players’ lounge — although you will get a little drunk, so exact details are hazy.” And she also told her past self, “Learn more about football, especially the offside rule.” Hopefully she knows it now!
2. Georgina Rodriguez
Georgina Rodriguez came from relatively humble beginnings. Once upon a time she was a waitress, then an au pair, then a Gucci shop assistant. It was while working at this last job that she met soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo — and now she’s mega-famous. She commands an Instagram following of 30 million these days. A true Cinderella story for the internet age!
In a relationship with: Cristiano Ronaldo
People wondered if Cristiano would find love again after splitting from his long-term girlfriend Irina Shayk, yet in 2015 love is exactly what he found with Rodriguez. Now, the pair of them have children together — but sadly they lost one of the children, one half of a pair of twins, shortly after birth. Not even that tragedy was able to drive a rift between the couple, though, and they’re still together.
3. Sofia Balbi
Chances are Sofia Balbi was always going to be successful, regardless of whether or not she married a soccer star. She was born into a wealthy banking family in Uruguay, and once her education was complete she became an entrepreneuse. All things considered, it’s surprising she ended up in her hubby’s orbit at all, because they came from totally opposite sides of the social spectrum.
Married to: Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez was broke and working as a street sweeper when he first met Balbi. He didn’t think that her rich parents would accept him — but they did, and the relationship grew and grew. Now, they’ve been married for over a decade. Suarez touchingly said of his wife in a 2014 interview in British newspaper The Guardian, “She was there at the beginning of my career — she supported me when I was a nobody.”
4. Antonela Roccuzzo
Antonela Roccuzzo is quite a private person — well, as private as a woman with over 19 million Instagram followers can be, anyway. She’s a mom first and foremost, devoting most of her time to raising kids Ciro, Mateo and Thiago. But the rest of the time she’s working on her footwear line, which she owns with another WAG, Balbi.
Married to: Lionel Messi
Roccuzzo was born in the same city as Lionel — Rosario — and knew him from an early age: she was the cousin of one of his childhood friends. Gradually, their friendship blossomed into a truly touching love story. Finally, after having two of their three kids, they threw a massive wedding ceremony with a celebrity-packed guest list and tight security. Where did they have it? In Rosario, of course.
5. Pilar Rubio
Pilar Rubio was famous in her native Spain long before she became a WAG. She was a very popular television personality and model, and she was unsurprisingly named the sexiest woman in Spain by FHM magazine in 2008. Allegedly, her partner wanted her to give up her career when they first started dating, and her response was a firm no.
In a relationship with: Sergio Ramos
Rubio broke up with Sergio Ramos after that apparent ultimatum, yet that wasn’t remotely the end of the story. They got back together and in 2013 the announcement came that Rubio was expecting the couple’s first child. They now have four: Marco, Sergio Jr, Alejandro and Maximo. But, surprisingly considering how famous they are, the couple have never revealed whether they’re actually officially married or not.
6. Alicia Aylies
Alicia Aylies is a bona fide beauty queen. She started modeling at a young age, and it soon became clear that she was very, very good at it all. Come 2016 she became Miss French Guyana, and a short while later she entered Miss Universe, which is a tremendous achievement even if she didn’t win. She was already a millionaire before she even met her partner.
In a relationship with: Kylian Mbappé
Aylies and Mbappé have tried to keep their relationship on the down-low, but obviously that’s a tricky thing to do when cameras are following your every move. It’s thought they first started dating around May 2018 and Aylies has been spotted at matches wearing her boyfriend’s jersey. It’s early days yet, but she could easily become one of the top WAGs.
7. Helena Seger
Helena Seger is another WAG who was a successful businesswoman before meeting her soccer-playing husband. After having modeled professionally since she was 13 years old, she became a sales representative and worked for some big companies in Sweden, raking in millions as she went. Then, when she did meet her soccer star, things didn’t get off to a great start.
In a relationship with: Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Seger told Elle magazine in 2022 that she had first met Zlatan Ibrahimovic when they had a fight about a car. “He had parked his Ferrari badly in a car park in Malmo. He had done so in a way that prevented my Mercedes from coming out. Quite gruffly, I told him to move it right away.” And yet “he saw something that he liked,” and now they’ve been partners for decades!
8. Clarice Alves
Alves is a WAG who’s rising up the ranks of social media, with over 622k followers so far. And you can see why people are interested in her: she’s very beautiful. But she’s also very private. We do know, though, that she’s been an actress for most of her adult life, and that she speaks four languages: Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, and English.
Married to: Marcelo Vieira
Alves met Marcelo Vieira when both of them were teenagers: apparently, her brother introduced them while they were hanging out on a Rio de Janeiro beach. Not all teenage romances last, of course, but theirs did, and how! They got married in 2008 and now they have two children together, Enzo and Liam, born 2009 and 2015, respectively. They also have a lot of pets!
9. Zulay Pogba
Zulay Pogba’s full name is Maria Zulay Pogba Salaues, and she was a model before she was a WAG. She started her career in her native Bolivia, but she wasn’t just a pretty face. She also studied Business Administration at university and worked in real estate. But it was the modeling that brought her the most success — she was crowned Miss Expobelleza in 2012.
Married to: Paul Pogba
It’s thought that Paul and Zulay met in Los Angeles sometime in 2017. We don’t know the exact details of how they hooked up, but clearly they clicked right away. They had their first child, Labile Shakur Pogba, come 2019 and tied the knot not long after. Their next child, Keyaan Zaahid Pogba, was born the following year. And you can keep up with the family via Zulay’s popular Instagram account!
10. Katie Goodland
Katie Goodland is a beautiful woman, no doubt, but modeling wasn’t in her life plan. Instead, she’s a fitness instructor with a degree in sports science. In fact, she probably never thought she’d be famous at all — when she first met her future partner, they were in school together and there was no indication he’d become as big a name as he eventually did.
Married to: Harry Kane
When Harry Kane did become a soccer star, Goodland struggled a bit with the sudden fame. Unsurprisingly, she didn’t like being photographed all the time while going about her daily life. But despite all of that, when the current England captain asked her to marry him, she said yes. In 2019 he posted on Instagram, “Finally got to marry my best friend! I love you.” Awww.
11. Michele Lacroix
Blonde bombshell Michele Lacroix had a career for herself long before she met her soccer beau. She studied at the University of Hasselt in Belgium and then became a promotional director of Prime Impressions Hostesses. And as soon as he saw her photos online, her future partner was immediately taken with her — but he was too nervous to actually send her a message!
In a relationship with: Kevin De Bruyne
Back in 2019 Kevin De Bruyne told website The Players’ Tribune, “It started with a tweet. I only had a few thousand followers at the time, because I was still on loan at Werder Bremen. So I tweeted something about a match or whatever, and this pretty girl favorited it.” Kevin ended up getting a friend to send a message to said girl via his account, because he was so intimidated by her beauty. You wouldn’t have thought that would work — but it did!
12. Joana Sanz
Spanish stunner Joana Sanz was a social media model all the way back in 2010 when the concept of Instagram models and influencers was only just starting to take off. She appeared in magazines and walked the catwalk too, of course, and gained many admirers. One of them was a certain soccer player, but he had a way to go before she became his wife.
Married to: Dani Alves
Sanz and Dani Alves started dating in 2015 after being introduced by a mutual friend, and seemingly Alves fell for her pretty fast. But she wasn’t so sure. He proposed to her twice, and twice she said no — but it was third time lucky. The pair walked down the aisle in a private ceremony in 2017, on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Formentera.
13. Emma Rhys-Jones
Poor Emma Rhys-Jones had to go through a lot before she was able to marry her soccer-playing husband. Her father Martin was sentenced to six years in prison for conning people out of millions, and other members of her family were apparently likewise involved in criminal activity. Her wedding to a Real Madrid star had to be postponed while she dealt with all that.
Married to: Gareth Bale
But Rhys-Jones did get to marry Gareth Bale in the end, and it was a massive wedding. They held a three-day celebration at Sa Fortaleza in Majorca, though perhaps unsurprisingly they kept the guest list to close friends and family only and didn’t announce the event in the media. Now they have four children together and their lives seem to be going great.
14. Erika Choperena
Erika Choperena is not just beautiful, she’s also very accomplished. She studied child psychology at San Sebastian University and took it up as a career. Somehow she also found time to run a beauty blog, Cordially Erika, but in 2014 she took it down, apparently because of online trolls. She still has an Instagram though!
Married to: Antoine Griezmann
Antoine Griezmann found it hard to win over the woman who would eventually become his wife. He sent Choperena messages for over a year before he was finally able to seduce her — but whatever he did in the end, it clearly worked. After dating for six years, the pair got married in 2017 and now they have three children together!
15. Aine Coutinho
Aine Coutinho grew up in Rio de Janeiro just like future hubby Philippe, and the pair of them met at a party when they were just teenagers. Aine moved in with Philippe and his parents not long afterwards, and she was at his side throughout his journey to become a professional soccer player. At the same time, she studied economics at the University of São Paulo.
Married to: Philippe Coutinho
The pair had to live separately in 2012 because Philippe, then playing in Italy, went on loan to Spanish side Espanyol, but during that time they realized they absolutely couldn’t bear to be apart. So come 2013 they got married, and it was all smooth sailing from there. Now they have three kids and Aine is one of the most beloved WAGs in the soccer world.
16. Milana D’Ambra
Milana D’Ambra isn’t only a WAG, she’s a soccer player herself! Well, she’s retired now, but she played for the college team Temple University in Philadelphia. That’s where she met her future boyfriend. Oh, and her whole family happens to be involved in the world of soccer too — her sister also plays and her father is the head coach at St. Joseph’s.
In a relationship with: Brenden Aaronson
The relationship between D’Ambra and Brenden Aaronson is an adorably strong one. She wrote in September 2021 in an Instagram message to him, “I’m thankful to have been by your side every step of the road for the past three years with the love of my life. Thank you for being the best part of every day. I will always love you.” Awww.
17. Isabelle da Silva
Isabelle da Silva, also known as Belle, is definitely one of the most fiery WAGs around — but more on that in a minute. Isabelle’s from Rio de Janeiro, same as her husband Thiago, and she met him when both of them were still children. They got married in May 2005 and have been together ever since. Isabelle works as a Instagram brand promoter and parents the couple’s two kids.
Married to: Thiago Silva
Isabelle’s got a reputation for fiercely defending her husband against all criticism, something in which his fans take no end of delight. After his Chelsea team suffered a humiliating defeat in April 2022 Isabelle made an angry Instagram video blasting the match commentators, saying Thiago was “very tired” and “not a machine”. This is one WAG with whom you definitely don’t wanna mess.
18. Jordan Ozuna
Jordan Ozuna has led a wild life! She worked for a while at Hooters in Las Vegas, but then she started to make it in the modeling industry. She was signed to several agencies… and then, she was romantically linked to none other than Justin Bieber. Yep, really! Back in 2013 they were reportedly spotted kissing at a Vegas skydiving center.
In a relationship with: Karim Benzema
But whatever happened between Ozuna and Bieber, it’s all over with and she’s now the girlfriend of Ballon d'Or-winning soccer player Karim Benzema. She lives with him in Madrid. And even better, she’s reportedly expecting a baby with him! News of that hit in November 2022 but the very private soccer star has said nothing about it to the press to date.
19. Anna Lewandowska
Polish beauty Anna Lewandowka may be the wife of striker Robert Lewandowski, but she’s also a sportswoman herself. She’s a member of the Pruszkow Karate Club and has won a whopping 29 medals in Polish championships. As if that wasn’t enough, she’s also a fitness guru with her own healthy eating brand, Foods by Ann, and she’s head of the Poland Special Olympics.
Married to: Robert Lewandowski
With so many accomplishments between them, it’s not surprising Anna and Robert are one of the biggest super-couples in the whole of Poland, if not the whole of Eastern Europe. They got married in 2013 after a reported seven years of dating and now they have two daughters together. Klara came along in 2017 and Laura was born in 2020. They’re the perfect sporting family!
20. Mishel Gerzig
Mishel Gerzig is a very popular Israeli model with a big social media following, but she does more than just look pretty — she’s also a manager of the non-profit Golden Ale Association for the Elderly, which helps renovate homes for Holocaust survivors. And as of 2022 she’s the fiancée of a famous Belgian soccer player and the future stepmother of his children.
In a relationship with: Thibaut Courtois
Gerzig spoke to the website Y Net News in 2022 about becoming a stepmom to Thibaut Courtois’ kids. She said, “It’s important to deal with the children as a friend and not someone who is trying to take the place of their mom. I didn't come to ‘take’ their dad. On the personal level, I’m expecting to build our own family in the next year, and God willing, in the future we’ll have our own children.”