2018 FIFA WC: Superstar footballers & their stunning Wags ready to steal the show in Russia


Suman Chakraborty:
The FIFA World Cup is not just about the sublime football amongst the best football playing nations, it’s not just about Ronaldo’s free kick, Messi’s dribble or DeGea’s saves, the WAGs of the stars too drag equal attractions from the fans.

The mega event kicks off next month and many of the top footballers on the planet will be watched from their stands by their wives and girlfriends. Today, www.xtratime.in takes a look at some of the glamorous babes who might be cheering on from the stands.

In the old days – before reality TV – footballers’ wives were meek and dowdy matrons who were almost invisible except on the biggest occasions.

But then came Victoria Beckham, Cheryl Cole and Coleen Rooney — wives of England stars David, Ashley and Wayne respectively.

So when the FIFA World Cup kicks off on June 14 the names of the wives and girlfriends (WAGs) of players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Mario Gotze trip off the tongue almost as easily as the players themselves.

Ronaldo & Georgina

Cristiano Ronaldo & Georgina Rodriguez

Ronaldo, whose Real Madrid team will be hoping to win the Champions’ League Final against Liverpool later this month, is currently dating 22-year-old Spanish model Georgina Rodriguez.

Messi & Antonella

Messi & Antonella

Messi, 30, married his 29-year-old girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo in their native Argentina last summer. The couple too would be a star attraction off the field in Russia.

England Team Has Army of WAGs
The UK media is one of the most celebrity-obsessed in the world and the England team possesses a clutch of high-profile WAGs.

Liverpool star Nathaniel Clyne and his girlfriend Carla Howe would be an attraction for the fans. Tottenham star Dele Alli is currently “walking out” with stunning model Ruby Mae, 23, while Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling has a son, Thiago, with former shop worker Paige Milian, who has 32,000 followers on Instagram.

Mo Salah & Magi

Mo Salah & Magi

One player whose wife you are unlikely to see in a bikini or a low-cut dress is Liverpool’s Egyptian striking sensation Mo Salah.

He married Magi in 2013 — she wore a modest Muslim-style wedding dress — and his daughter Makka (Mecca) is named after the holy city in Saudi Arabia.

Russian Beauties

Igor Akinfeev & Katerina Akinfeev

They include Katerina Akinfeev, whose husband Igor is the national team’s goalkeeper, and Anastasia Kostenko, the runner-up in the Miss Russia beauty pageant, who married Lokomotiv Moscow midfielder Dmitry in January.

Mario Gotze & Anne-Kathrin Brommel

Mario Gotze & Anne-Kathrin Brommel

German attacker Gotze’s kiss to Brommel’s was equally discussed with the trophy-winning goal he scored against Germany to win the title in 2014. This couple would be a star attraction for the fans in Russia as well.

 

Attachment

Breaking News:
  • 2nd Test: Umesh Yadav’s brilliant show help India to thrash West Indies 2-0 in the series     Vijay Hazare Trophy: Birthday boy Gautam Gambhir’s brilliant century helps Delhi to reach the semis     UEFA Nations League: More misery for Germany as they lost to Netherlands 3-0     International Friendly: India puts up a miraculous show, salvages a draw against mighty China     Rishabh Pant, Mohammed Shami get a call up for the first two ODIs against West Indies     2nd Test: India eyeing for another rampaging show against the West Indies to seal the series     Youth Olympics: Incredible show by Saurabh Chaudhary, bags gold in 10m air pistol     I would choose Tendulkar to bat for my life, says Shane Warne     Rishabh Pant all set to be included in ODI squad against Windies     MS Dhoni likely to play for Jharkhand in Vijay Hazare Trophy quarters