If you remember the 2006 installment of the World Cup, the Wives and Girlfriends (WAGs) of the England team rose to prominence with their socializing and shopping, they created more buzz than their husbands and boyfriends did on the pitch. Led by the original WAG herself, Victoria Beckham, the WAGs partied up a storm in Germany. Who can forget that one night in the German city of Baden Baden when they reportedly spent almost £ 60 000 in less than an hour, mostly on French pink champagne and other delicacies. When England crashed out of the tournament, the British Media were quick to blame the WAGs for the distraction.
Well, It has been 8 years since then, and the landscape of WAGs have changed. Many WAGs these days have degrees or are pursuing careers of their own. Some shun the limelight and prefer to lead quiet lives raising their kids. While others seem to have nothing to do all day but launch upon us a tirade of Instagram and Twitter pictures (did I mention “Badly Filtered”?).
Here I take a look at some of the most fabulous and successful WAGs that will be going to Brazil… to show their support of course!
Sara Carbonero (Iker Casillas)
Sara is a TV presenter and Sports Journalist. She was already well known in Spain before she started dating Iker Casillas in 2010. She was widely blamed for Spain’s loss to Switzerland in the World Cup 2010 group stages, she was supposedly reporting from the sidelines and distracted Casillas! In January 2014 she and Casillas welcomed their first child, a son Martin.
Irina Shayk (Cristiano Ronaldo)
Irina Shayk is a successful Russian born model and public figure in her own right. She landed her first Sports Illustrated cover in 2007, long before she started dating CR7. Her other projects include Intimissimi, Beach Bunny, Guess, Lactoste and Armani Exchange. It was during an Armani Exchange campaign that she met Cristiano Ronaldo in 2010 and they soon began dating. She is also due to make her acting debut across Dwayne Johnson in the movie “Hercules” (to be released later this year).
Shakira (Gerard Pique)
This Colombian songstress needs no introduction. In addition to being 10 years his senior, she is possibly more famous than Gerard Pique. She sang the official FIFA World Cup 2010 anthem Waka Waka , and it was on the set of the video that the two met. In 2013 she gave birth to their first child, a boy named Milan. She performed her super hit “Hips Don’t Lie” at the World Cup 2006 closing ceremony and has also released the World Cup themed song “La La La” for this World Cup, “Lady World Cup” herself!
Mandy Capristo (Mesut Ozil)
This German born singer, songwriter, model & dancer shot to fame when she won the German addition of “Popstars” in 2006, at that time Ozil was a little known midfielder playing for Schalke 04. Since then she has become an extremely popular star in Germany. They started dating in early 2013.
Christine Bleakley (Frank Lampard)
Christine Bleakley is a Northern Irish broadcaster. She rose to prominence working with BBC hosting various shows such as “Let me Entertain You” and “The One Show.” She also took part in Celebrity Strictly Come Dancing in 2008. She started dating Frank Lampard in 2009 and they have been engaged since 2011.
Antonella Roccuzzo (Lionel Messi)
Antonella and Lionel Messi have known each other since they were 4 yeard old. While Messi moved to Spain to pursue his football career, Antonella studied dietetics in Argentina. The two kept in touch and started dating in 2008. When things got serious she moved to Barcelona to be with Messi. The couple have one son, Thiago.
Lena Gercke (Sami Khedira)
Lena is a German fashion model and television host. She won “Germany’s Next Top Model” hosted by Heidi Klum in 2006. She is also supposedly one sharp lady, finishing a bachelors degree and one of her favourite past times is playing chess.
Melissa Satta (Kevin Prince Boateng)
This American Born Italian Maxim model and TV personality is beauty and brains, having obtained a communications degree to help her Career in television. She also plays football and is an Italian Karate Championship gold medalist. She is engaged to Ghanian Boateng and they have one child together, a boy Maddox.
Alex Curran (Steven Gerrard)
The queen WAG of the English team (since Posh retired) Alex Curran has been with Steven Gerrard since 2002. She was a former nail technician but has come a long way since then. She now writes a fashion column for the Daily Mirror and has her own clothing line: “Forever Unique by Alex Gerrard.” She has also released her own fragrance “Alex” which was a top seller in the UK. She and Steven Gerrard married in 2007 and have three daughters together.
Coleen Rooney (Wayne Rooney)
Coleen makes my list because of how she turned her image and life around and stepped out of her husbands shadow. She started dating Wayne Rooney when they were 16. When she initially came into the public eye, she donned rather unflattering attire and was heavily critiqued for her weight.
She took the criticism in her stride and people started taking her more seriously when she got her own column in celebrity magazines “Closer” and “OK!” She got healthy (not skinny) and even has her own fitness DVD that was well received. She also hosted her own show “Coleen’s Real Women” in which she searches for everyday, real women to head advertising campaigns, possibly inspired by the harsh treatment she received from the tabloids in her initial years. She and Wayne Rooney have two sons, Kai and Klay.
Did I miss anyone? Who are tour favourite WAGs?