World Cup: A guide to the high-profile WAGS
Meet the first ladies of football, from a Russian beauty to a famous pop star and a Lebanese divorcee. Photo: Instagram/Getty
TEAM SPAIN (Striker) - SARA CARBONERO: The Times in London claimed that the Spanish sports journalist, 30, was so beautiful that she distracted her legendary Spanish footballer partner Iker Casillas (considered the finest goalkeeper of our generation) during the 2010 World Cup match between Spain and Switzerland, leading to the Swiss win. Either way, her beauty continues to catch his eye, and their relationship has lasted since. The couple welcomed their first son, Martin, in July last year.
TEAM SPAIN (Goalkeeper) - DANIELLA SEMAAN: Lebanese 'model' Daniella Semaan's ex-husband reportedly discovered his wife of 13 years was cheating on him when he opened the newspaper and saw his gorgeous brunette spouse, 39, draped over Spanish footballer Cesc Fabregas, 26 in a paparazzi photo. Seamaan's messy, money-tastic divorce has since been finalised, and new couple Cesc and Daniella now have a daughter together. Daniella is 13 years Cesc's senior and also has two children to her previous multi-millionaire husband Elie Taktouk. She's a controversial figure in WAG blogs and forums given the age gap and the rumours that she 'hunted' down Cesc, but, meh, who cares, he looks happy.
TEAM PORTUGAL - IRINA SHAYK: The 28-year-old Russian supermodel has been dating Cristiano Ronaldo, since 2010. They got together the same year that Portugal's top goalscorer of all time became a dad for the first time, fathering Cristiano Jnr with an unknown British woman. The pair met while shooting a steamy Armani Exchange campaign, and the power couple gave KimYe a run for their money last month, appearing on the cover of Spanish Vogue. Caliente! People often presume the Sports Illustrated model is South American, but she explains she gets her exotic looks from her Russian father who was of Tatar descent, a group of Russian people that more closely resemble Mongolians than the stereotypical image of a Russian.
TEAM CHILE - LAIA GRASSI: Girlfriend of Chilean winger Alexis Sanchez, 25, the Spanish beauty is an art director, very talented graphic and interior designer and owner of the bluest eyes we've ever seen.
TEAM GERMANY - ANN KATHRIN BROMMEL: The 23-year-old model and fashion blogger met Germany's 20-year-old footie wunderkind Mario Gotze in a club in 2012. The piano player has released a few German pop songs under the alias Trina B, and she also competed in Germany's Next Top Model (but only made it into the top 50. Gutted.). She's also a fan of posting about 10 selfies on Instagram everyday, with hashtags like #perfect and #beautiful. Maybe a language barrier issue is at play.
TEAM JAPAN - MARGARET NATSUKI: When pictures of Shinji Kagawa's girlfriend first hit the internet people, wrongly, assumed the pictured woman was adult film star Ameri Ichinose, and the media blew up over the fact the goal scoring machine was dating a porn star. But no, the woman pictured was actually Canadian-Japanese model and TV presenter Margaret Natsuki. They reportedly met while the pair were filming an interview.
TEAM GHANA - MELISSA SATTA: The American-born, Italy-based TV presenter has a reputation for being feisty, and is best known worldwide as being the woman photographed heading into a hotel late at night with Kobe Bryant in 2011 (leading Vanessa Bryant to file for divorce). But, since then the 28-year-old media personality and now sports TV host appears to have fallen head over heels for Ghanan utility man Kevin-Prince Boateng (if her lovey-dovey Instagram is anything to go by). In fact, the couple have just had their first child.
TEAM BELGIUM - CARLA KOMPANY: She's married to the Belgian captain Vincent Kompany (who was 23rd on The Guardian's top 100 footballers of all time list) but is a Mancunian so therefore likely to be pleased that her husband now plays for Man City. This WAG is football obsessed, she plays it, she helps endorse women's soccer and she talks about it on the radio and so is likely to be travelling to Brazil. The lovely couple have a four-year-old daughter, Sienna, together.
TEAM GREAT BRITAIN - LEAH TOTTON: The UK Apprentice winner and cosmetic surgery entrepreneur (the Northern Irish lass runs Dr Leah Botox Clinics) is such a busy lady she won't be making it to Brazil to see her boyfriend, Fraser Forster, 25, in his World Cup debut. The pair split up last year after four years together, but then reunited this February (the best of couples take breaks though, right? Kate & Wills, Ross & Rachel ...).
TEAM FRANCE - LUDVINE SAGNA: The French-Algerian model, 26, has known Senegalese-French right-back Bacary Sagna, 33, since they were both just kids. When she was 17 they realised their friendship was something more and started dating, and in 2009 their first son Elias was born, and in 2013 their second son Kais was born. The children's clothes designer and brand ambassador is a proud WAG and is constantly tweeting in support of her beloved hubby.