It’s a famous saying that behind every successful man is a woman, and that’s certainly the case in the world of football! The term ‘WAG’ was coined by the UK tabloid press during coverage of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, as the glamorous wives and girlfriends of the England squad would flock to support their beaus at big games. Keep reading to find out more about the ladies behind your favorite soccer stars!
The love story of Aston Villa’s Matt Targett and his girlfriend is a true fairytale. They’re childhood sweethearts, who met in their home of Hampshire. Matt is so proud of his relationship with Jasmin Buckle that he even has her initials ‘JB’ in his Instagram bio, accompanied by a heart emoji.
Jasmin is a down-to-earth girl who often uses reselling app Depop to sell her unwanted clothes, proving that even WAGs can be thrifty and fabulous.
Katrine Fogt Friis
The ‘humble Dane’ Andreas Christensen is all loved up with Swedish swimwear model Katrine Fogt Friis. And we can see why! She often shares trendy photos on her Instagram account, showing off her jet-setting WAG lifestyle.
A true fashionista, she likes to wear more classic clothes than the typical footballer’s girlfriend, including relaxed t-shirts and jeans accessorised with gold jewellery and long, black coats. She lives in London with her boyfriend who plays center back for Chelsea FC.
Liverpool ace Roberto Firmino is known for his football skills and rather impressive teeth. We can’t help but wonder which one of these assets attracted his wife Larissa Pereira! The couple has been inseparable since meeting in 2014 and they finally married in Brazil in 2017.
Not one to sit back and let her husband do all the work, Pereira is a model and founder of fashion brand BeValen Store. The couple has two daughters together called Valentina and Bella.
Taylor Ward is no stranger to the spotlight as her footballer dad, Ashley Ward, played for several different clubs in his career including Crewe Alexandra, Norwich City, Derby County, Barnsley, Blackburn Rovers, and Bradford City.
Her mom, Dawn Ward, is a cast member on the reality TV show, The Real Housewives of Cheshire, and Taylor has even made a few appearances on the show! Taylor is a social media influencer and is currently dating Man City star, Riyad Mahrez.
Gooner Granit Xkaha is married to the beautiful Leonita Lekaj. The pair are rumored to have met during his time at Borussia Monchengladbach, and they have been happily loved-up ever since.
In 2016, Xhaka made the move to North London to play for the mighty Arsenal FC, but his time at the club has been complicated. Leonita has stuck by him through the ups and downs of Premier League football, while raising their daughter, Ayana — who was born in 2019.
A list of famous football wives and girlfriends would not be complete without Perrie Edwards. She’s a star in her own right, as she is an X Factor winner and member of one of the UK’s most beloved girl bands, Little Mix.
Perrie started dating Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (AKA ‘The Ox’) in November 2016, and the relationship was made official on Instagram as Perrie posted a photo of Alex cuddling her dog, alongside a heart emoji! Too cute!
Manchester United midfielder Fred Rodrigues has been with the club since 2018, but he has been with his wife for even longer. The couple met when he was playing for Shakhtar Donetsk in 2016, and they tied the knot two years later.
Monique clearly possesses brains and beauty, as she is a graduate of the University Centre of Belo Horizonte, and works as a chemical engineer at the Centre for the Development of Nuclear Technology! Wow.
When former Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes moved to London to join Arsenal FC, he didn’t come alone. He made sure to bring his WAG along for the journey! Gabrielle Figueiredo is a 23-year-old model from Rio de Janeiro.
She loves to show off her toned physique on Instagram, where she also posts about her own fashion brand. She’s also a make-up and beauty expert and fitness fanatic, spending plenty of time working out in the gym.
Maja Nilsson Lindelof
Victor Lindelof is not the only famous person in this relationship. The Swedish defender plays for Manchester United FC, and he made the move to the north of England with his well-known wife, blogger Maja Nilsson Lindelof.
The social media guru often shares embarrassing stories about her husband online (like the time he ordered the wrong size mattress for their bed), giving an insight into their family life. The couple welcomed their first child Ted Louie Lindelof in 2019.
Barcelona star Lionel Messi is considered to be one of the greatest football players of all time. Antonela Roccuzzo has been with him from the early days of his career.
She was born in Argentina and initially studied to become a dentist, but she decided to pause her career to pursue fashion and beauty while also raising a family with her famous hubby. The pair have three sons named Thiago, Mateo, and Ciro. Maybe they’ll follow in their dad’s footsteps…
Cristiano Ronaldo is another football legend with a pretty colorful dating history. However, he appears to have finally settled down with Georgina Rodriguez. Georgina is a model who reportedly met Cristiano for the first time at a Dolce & Gabbana event.
They started dating in 2016 and soon after, she became pregnant with his fourth child. The pair haven’t yet married, but the relationship seems pretty serious. After all, who wouldn’t want to stay with someone as beautiful as Georgina?
Reece James has had a fantastic year in his early career. Not only has he won the Champions League and featured briefly for England during their incredible Euro 2020 run, but he has also found himself a beautiful girlfriend.
The Chelsea right-back is currently with Mia McClenaghan. The student recently completed her law degree and has a pretty active presence on social media. From wearing designer clothes to hanging out with her soccer superstar boyfriend, the future looks bright for Mia.
PSG ace Neymar is known for his skill on the pitch and impressive goalscoring record. However, his romantic life is subject to lots of press speculation, as he split with his long-term girlfriend, Bruna Marquezine, in 2018. He’s now linked to Cuban-Croatian beauty Natalia Barulich.
She seemed to confirm their relationship with an Instagram post, writing, “Everyone knows how extraordinarily talented you are, but if they could only see how real & beautiful you are inside your heart.”
Juventus center forward Paulo Dybala is often referred to as “La Joya” (meaning “the jewel”) due to his creative style of play, pace, talent, and eye for goal. However, we think that his girlfriend Oriana Sabatini is also worthy of that nickname!
The Argentine model, actress, and singer started dating Dybala in 2017 — and their relationship has continued to thrive, just like their respective careers. They met at an Ariana Grande concert, as Oriana was a supporting act on the tour!
In 2010, Barcelona FC defender and Spanish international soccer star Gerard Pique got more than he bargained for when he agreed to star in the music video for ‘Waka Waka’, the official promotional song for the FIFA World Cup.
He met Colombian pop star Shakira on set, and their love affair began! Although they’re not married, these two have been together for almost 10 years and have two sons — Milan (six years old), and Sasha (four years old). They’re a true power couple!