When Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski retired earlier this year, there was a ripple of panic amongst his fans – would we ever see him again? This week, we got our answer…
And it wasn’t quite what anyone expected.
Those watching the LA Lakers vs Oklahoma City Thunder game this week got quite a surprise at the halftime show, when some unusual guests came out disguised as the Laker Girls beside them. Of course, they didn’t quite fit in. Beloved ex-Patriot “Gronk” came out in full step, alongside tennis star Venus Williams, TV host James Corden, comedian Ian Karmel, and the entire Laker Girl squad for their halftime dance routine. It was quickly clear who the odd ones out were, though no one’s feelings will be hurt if we admit that some imposters blended in a bit better than others. That being said, it’s not a competition for these pranksters.
Later that night, Karmel took to Twitter to fill everyone in on even more exciting news, announcing the upcoming CBS show “Game On,” (a remake of the British game show “A League of Their Own” that Corden used to be the host of) along with his participation. And Williams. And Corden. And, you guessed it – Gronk. Did the dance sequences have anything to do with it?
Glad you asked! Of course they did. For the show, Gronkowski and Williams will each lead a team in a variety of athletic challenges. Now, we don’t know whether or not this was one of those challenges…but we’re willing to bet that if it was, Williams certainly brought the most natural talent. Next to her, Karmel had a hard time getting the moves right – but he made up for it with some funny improvising.
When it was Gronkowski and Corden’s turns, they took a slightly different approach. You can call it making love to the camera, or a desperate attempt at distraction. But Gronk delivered some really luscious looks, and Corden offered some more…intimate moves than the routine called for, going so far as to lick his lips in the process. Based on the dancing itself, Gronk was easily defeated by the rest. But the crowd seemed to love his lackluster moves and misplaced charm, so it might be too soon to guess the winners.
His own girlfriend, Camille Kostek – a former New England Patriots cheerleader – said on Instagram, “Still deciding if I’m a proud girlfriend over this.”
One thing’s for sure, the Laker girls won’t be hiring any of them anytime soon.
The Most Beautiful Wives and Girlfriends of Football Players
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!
We’re kicking off the list with one of the most iconic partnerships in the world of football. David Beckham is the England international who famously played for Manchester United and LA Galaxy.
But his wife, Victoria, is equally as famous for being a member of the groundbreaking pop band, Spice Girls. Sparks flew when the pair met in 1997, and they married two years later. Known in the media as Posh and Becks, these two have created an empire!
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!
Amine Gülşe Özil
Fenerbahçe attacking midfielder Mesut Özil started dating Amine Gülşe in 2017. Unlike his fractious relationship with former club Arsenal FC, their bond has gone from strength to strength, and the pair married in 2019.
Amine is a Turkish and Swedish actress, model, and beauty pageant titleholder. She was born and raised in Sweden. She was crowned Miss Turkey 2014 and represented her country at the Miss World 2014 pageant, so it’s safe to say that she’s a famously beautiful woman! Wow.
Ann-Kathrin Brömmel is an example of another WAG who’s famous in her own right. She’s a multi-talented model, singer, and cast member on the reality show, Germany’s Next Top Model. She has also released two singles in Germany named “This Is Me” and “Body Language”.
Her husband is none other than German professional footballer Mario Götze, who plays for Eredivisie club PSV Eindhoven. They welcomed their first child in 2020, a son named Rome Götze.
Chelsea FC midfielder Mateo Kovačić is one lucky man. He has been married to entrepreneur and model Izabel Kovačić since 2017. Izabel is undoubtedly stunning, but she also has brains to boot!
She has a degree in economics from the University of Zagreb and she’s a successful business owner, having launched her own organic and eco-friendly baby product brand ‘Lunilou’. She often posts about her glamorous life and adorable family on her popular Instagram page, boasting over 386,000 followers!
Coral Simanovich is a real catch. Married to Barcelona FC player and Spanish national Sergi Roberto, she’s one of Israel’s most recognisable beauties. She has nearly 650,000 followers on Instagram and has starred in major advertising and fashion campaigns since the beginning of her career.
Proving that she’s no trick pony, Coral has also served in the military and obtained a fashion degree from Shenkar College of Engineering and Design. Their first daughter was born in 2019.
Don’t mess with Nif Brascia. She’s not just a pretty face! The girlfriend of Paris Saint-Germain center forward Moise Kean, Brascia is a kickboxing champion from Thailand. She claims to be unbeaten in over 50 fights, proving her prowess in the ring.
Her Instagram page has over 20,000 followers, and she regularly uses her account to show off stunning selfies alongside info about upcoming kickboxing matches. If PSG ever needs some stadium security, Nif could step in no problem!
João Cancelo is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Manchester City. Defending City’s place at the top of the Premier League, Cancelo is a force to be reckoned with on the field.
His beautiful wife, Daniela Machado, has been by his side since he was playing for Inter Milan during the 2017–18 season. Daniela likes to keep her personal life private, making her one of the more low-profile Premier League WAGs. You won’t find her posing on Instagram.
Dani Ceballos is a hot prospect, having played for sides including Real Madrid and Arsenal. So, it makes sense that he would have a girlfriend who’s as spicy as his football skills! Maria Sanchez is a model and trainee teacher, and they have been together since 2017.
She has been at Dani’s side through the ups and downs of his career and loves to support him whenever she can, often posting photos and videos of him on the pitch.
Portuguese footballer Andre Gomes plays as a central midfielder for Premier League Club, Everton FC. His girlfriend, Lisa Gonçalves, is a professional dentist based in Barcelona! Distance is no barrier for their love, however. This talented Portuguese brunette is also an exercise fanatic and an avid globetrotter.
She often shares snaps of her travels and workout routines on Instagram to her 23.5k followers. The duo is yet to tie the knot, but who knows what will happen in the future!
Influencer Leah Monroe is the girlfriend of Chelsea footballer, Tammy Abraham. Leah uses social media to make her coin, sharing selfies on Instagram with her 20,000 followers. She loves creating beauty and lifestyle content, teaming up with brands for lucrative partnerships, and her luxurious life looks amazing on the ‘gram.
Proving her boyfriend isn’t the only famous one in the relationship, she even shared a YouTube vlog about her experience getting lip filler injections, which gained over 70,000 views!
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!
Sophie Leno is a keeper — and so is her husband, German goalie Bernd Leno! 24-year-old Sophie is a talented translator of German & Czech, living in London with her husband who plays for Arsenal FC. The couple started dating in August of 2015 and Sophie became Mrs. Leno in 2020.
She regularly posts photos of her enviable London life on Instagram to her 70,000 followers, and she also has a soft spot for furry friends, having adopted two rescue dogs!
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…
Pilar Rubio is the wife of La Liga legend Sergio Ramos, but she has carved out her own career in the media as a television presenter and reporter. No wonder she has become a star in front of the camera, with her charismatic personality and stunning looks allowing her to steal the show!
The couple went public with their relationship at the 2013 FIFA Ballon d’Or awards ceremony, and they now have three sons named Alejandro, Marco, and Sergio Junior.
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?
Edurne Garcia is the wife of Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea. While De Gea has been lauded as one of the best goalies in the world, Edurne also boasts an impressive career. She’s an accomplished singer, actress, and television presenter, known throughout her native Spain.
She has released a total of seven albums and even represented Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015 with the song “Amanecer”. The couple welcomed their first child, Yanay, in March 2021.
There is no denying that Christian Eriksen has stolen the headlines at Euro 2020, unfortunately for the wrong reasons. But thankfully, his loving wife Sabrina has been by his side every step of the way.
The couple has had two kids, a boy and a girl during their time together and they are all grateful that he managed to survive his scary in-game cardiac arrest at the beginning of the tournament. Eriksen and Sabrina were invited to attend the Euro 2020 final.
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.
One of Italy’s standout performers at Euro 2020 was Federico Chiesa, who plies his trade for Serie A heavyweights Juventus. The young winger has been in a relationship with Benedetta Quagli since 2019.
A famous model, brunette Quagli has over 80k followers on Instagram and is a proud native of Florence, which is where Chiesa started off his career at. Chiesa has already eclipsed his father’s success, Enrico Chiesa, who was also a professional soccer player.
It’s amazing to think that Harry Kane and his wife Katie started off as simply friends at elementary school. The young man from North London has transformed into one of the most prolific strikers in the world of soccer.
But he couldn’t have done it without his beloved Katie by his side. The couple tied the knot in 2019, a couple of years after welcoming their first child – Ivy. They have since had a second child together – a boy called Louis.
Ciro Immobile might not be firing on all cylinders for the Italian national team, but he certainly is as far as his relationship is concerned. Around the time the two met, Jessica Melena was studying criminology and forensic science at the University of L’Aquila.
However, she decided to put that dream to one side when she shacked up with Immobile. Two years later, the couple tied the knot in Melena’s hometown of Buccianico. They have since had three kids together.
Raheem Sterling has certainly received a lot of criticism, as well as online abuse over the last couple of years. But it seems like the Manchester City winger has silenced all of his doubters through his awesome performances at Euro 2020.
Things look good for Raheem in the love department, having been with Paige Milian since 2012. That was when Sterling was still playing for Liverpool and Paige was working at JD Sports. These days, they live in a $4.8 million mansion in Cheshire.
There is no denying that Marco Verratti is an integral part of the Italian national team’s midfield. But you could say that Jessica Aidi plays an even more integral part in his own life off the field.
The couple started dating after Verratti divorced his ex-wife Laura Zazzara, with whom he has two kids. They were first spotted together at the Monaco Grand Prix in 2019 and they have since got engaged. Aidi works for Next Models in Paris/Milan.
A lot has been said about the size of Harry Maguire’s head and the threat it poses during set-piece situations. But off the field, the Sheffield-born defender’s fiancee Fern makes sure his head never gets too big.
The couple met back in 2011 and since then, they have had two daughters – Piper Rose and Lillie Saint. There is no denying that Fern has been overwhelmingly proud of “Slabhead’s” efforts at Euro 2020, cheering him on from the stands at Wembley Stadium.
At the heart of Italy’s rock-solid defense are veteran center backs Georgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci, who have played together at club and national level for a long, long time.
Outside of soccer though, Bonucci’s partner in crime is the beautiful Martina Maccari. He met the former model/blogger through a mutual friend back in 2008. It goes without saying that Maccari has been watching Bonucci’s every move during his time at Euro 2020. And we imagine she’ll continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
While his time spent playing for Everton has been met with plenty of criticism, Jordan Pickford never seems to put a foot wrong between the goalposts for his country. The young goalkeeper seems to be doing pretty well in his personal life too.
Jordan and Megan started dating when they were only 14 years old. Upon his return from the World Cup in 2018, Pickford was excited to announce his engagement to Megan and in 2020, they tied the knot. Megan has a degree from Sunderland University.
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!
German youngster Kai Havertz has skill beyond his 21 years. He currently plays for Premier League club Chelsea FC, but his relationship is a lot more understated than many of the others on this list. He prefers to keep his romance with Sophia Weber out of the spotlight, save for a few Instagram snaps.
Bright-eyed brunette Weber is believed to have been a childhood friend of Havertz, and she’s even rumored to be his first and only serious girlfriend.
Winger Leroy Sane has been in a relationship with New Yorker Candice Brook since 2017. She’s no stranger to high-profile love affairs, having been linked in the past to singer Chris Brown, NBA player Safaree Samuels, and rapper French Montana. However, this is her first time experiencing WAG life!
The singer and model juggles her career with taking care of her two kids, Rio Stella and Tobias, in their home of Germany — where Sane plays for Bayern Munich.
Annekee Molenaar rounds off the list. The young model comes from a football family, as her father Keje Molenaar played for FC Volendam, Ajax Amsterdam, Feyenoord Rotterdam, and SVV. Maybe that’s why she clicked with Juventus star Matthijs de Ligt.
This couple is hugely successful in their careers despite their youth, living together in an apartment worth 1.2 million euros! The stunning Dutch model loves to share selfies and images from her photoshoots, as she models for worldwide fashion brands.