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!
The top 10 women celebrity crushes we all have
Look, we all know we are more interested in looking at female celebrities than male ones (except you Ryan, calm down). Here are the top lady crushes most women have:
10. Emma Stone
Emma Stone burst onto our radars as the quirky, offbeat comedy star with a difference. Yes, there’s no denying that she’s beautiful but she’s also a little different, funny and not your typical Hollywood starlet. They say you can’t have it all…
9. Olivia Wilde
Not just a pretty face, Olivia took the stage name Wilde after the one and only Oscar, a testament to her brains too, perhaps? No, mainly because her real name is Olivia Cockburn. No, it is. Not only does she act, she also models, writes, acts and directs. Oh and she just did a shoot with Glamour where she showed just how beautiful is is to be a breastfeeding mum. Swoon.
8. Miranda Kerr
Miranda started out as a Victoria’s Secret model (no surprise there really) and rose through the ranks to become one of the most famous Supermodels of recent times. As if that wasn’t quite enough, she’s also a fashion icon and has the worlds cutest baby with Orlando Bloom. Life envy much?
7. Christina Hendricks
Christina, or as most of us will know her, Joan, the steely star of Mad Men, is as famous for her acting skills as she is for her curves and she never looks as good as when poured into another of those fabulous vintage costumes. Not bitter at all…
6. Mila Kunis
Mila is another classic case of being the girl that every man wants and every woman wants to be. Not just content with being hot, smart, funny and oh yes, engaged to Ashton Kutcher, she’s also a serious film actress when the time calls for it. *Sigh*
5. Jennifer Lawrence
Who doesn’t love Jennifer Lawrence? She proved herself as a worthy actress from the get go and her popularity has been on an upward spike ever since. The fact that she appears to be so grounded, normal and funny only helps to increase our admiration (and love) for her.
4. Alessandra Ambrosio
Brazilian born Alessandra is a Victoria’s Secret model (no surprise there) and there isn’t really much else to say here, so just look at the image below and feel the awe rise up around you. If you aren’t blessed with her genes, you can always use party casino research to understand how you can win elsewhere – right?
Pretty much every sane girl in the world would agree that Rihanna is one of the hottest females ever. She appears to have it all. The looks, talent, money, men (well…), lifestyle, friends. So thank you Rihanna, we officially want to be you right about now.
2. Blake Lively
Blake, the tall, beautiful Gossip Girl star has since moved on from teen dramas and married the equally beautiful Ryan Reynolds. With legs up to her armpits, the most lusted after hair in the business and a wardrobe full of clothes that merely highlight how goddamn hot she is, Blake, we applaud and really want to be you.
Come on, you had to have known that Beyoncé would be our number one. It’s Beyoncé for gods sake. A stellar career, the most amazing figure on the planet, riches and an ability to rock a leotard like nobody else, there isn’t much to do apart from just look on in wonder.
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In defence of Cassie from Euphoria
I am a Cassie Howard apologist. Yes, even after last night’s episode of Euphoria. I sympathise with her, even if I don’t condone her choices, or even enjoy watching them most of the time. The problem with being a Cassie stan – as is the case with any of the characters in the Euphoria universe – is that every week the show tests that stance, pushing our problematic faves to new depths of debauchery and dubious morality. Cassie’s character in particular has practically become a meme in itself, with TikTok asking itself, week-on-week, how she can possibly fall any lower in our estimations. Of course, she does it anyway.
Some have speculated online that Cassie is a character foil for Rue, both of them addicts, with the show telling the story of their desperate needs. For Rue, the object of her addiction is opiates, for Cassie, it’s love. Rue’s backstory illustrated to the audience how her life up until now – her family trauma, a healthcare system that over-medicates its children – had primed her for addiction to drugs. In the same way, Cassie’s – growing up with an alcoholic mother and absent addict dad, being se**alised at a young age by older men – primed her for a dependency on male validation. But it’s undoubtedly harder to root for Cassie in spite of her flaws the way we rally for our flawed protagonist Rue to finally get her shit together.
Maybe that’s because Cassie embodies so many of the things we hate, or at least the things we ridicule; the things we collectively recognise are objectively incredibly annoying. Her problems pale in seriousness compared to the others – she’s not self-harming or addicted to opiates or dealing drugs or framing innocent people for crimes they didn’t commit – and so her struggles seem so cheesy, so silly. Cassie’s main dilemma is that she’s sleeping with her best friend’s ex-boyfriend. And she makes such a big deal about it. She falls into a depression spiral and treats her friends badly and dr*inks too much. She throws herself at a man who clearly doesn’t want her. She gets messy and throws up at a birthday party. When she’s exposed by Rue, she deflects the blame with pani*cked vindictiveness. Cassie is completely wrapped up in herself and her struggles, to the point where she doesn’t seem cognisant of the power and privileges she still possesses.
It’s easy to dislike her, I would ar*gue, in moments like this, because it’s relatively easy to see ourselves (or at least our teenage selves) in her messiness. While the problems faced by characters like Cal Jacobs or Ashtray might be so far away from our own lives that we can safely say we’d do it all better and never let ourselves get in those dangerous situations, Cassie’s cheugy, messy emotionality and teenage angst are uncomfortably close. It’s no surprise then, that Cassie has become an emblem of equally painful-to-follow toxic female characters, like Fleabag or the unnamed, but similarly self-indulgent protagonist of Ottessa Moshfegh’s book My Year of Rest and Relaxation. Cassie is in her Fleabag era, but unfortunately for her, there is no Hot Priest-shaped respite for viewers, only Nate Jacobs. And while we do get moments of being able to say “finally, go girl give us something”, like when Cassie walked out of an argument with Nate after saying she was crazier than Maddie, the show almost always instantly subverts them with having Cassie crawl back for more abuse. Annoying to watch? Perhaps. Realistic? From a lonely 17-year-old, sadly yes!
Even when she’s dealing with more serious problems, Euphoria is never far from reminding us of Cassie’s ridiculousness. When she asks Lexi whether she looks different, shortly after finding out she’s pregnant with McKay, Lexi becomes a stand-in for the audience, lashing out at her sister and pointing out how absurd she sounds. For the audience, the dramatic irony is even more potent: we know that while Cassie is experiencing her own personal trauma, she was also totally unequipped to deal with McKay’s (who had just experienced a violent hazing at the hands of his fraternity brothers, and was coming to the crushing realisation that he would never be a professional athlete), which many viewers interpreted as an unwillingness to engage with it too.
Euphoria’s total disregard of character development for McKay – he appeared in the first episode of season two, and has been missing in action ever since – compared to its almost lecherous lingering over Cassie’s every move, has been singled out as one of the show’s many problematic recent decisions. And while online rumours have speculated over whether that was down to actor Algee Smith’s views on vaccinations, the fact remains that Euphoria’s choice to ignore McKay’s struggles in favour of Cassie’s make her OTT breakdowns even more painful to watch. That much is fair: but the fact audience complaints are directed at the fictional character herself, not the polarising showrunner behind those decisions (Sam Levinson), a little more unfair imo!
One constant criticism of Levinson’s writing and of Euphoria as a show, even amongst its hardcore fans, is how over the top and ridiculous it is. How its storylines would never happen in real life (at least not all at once, to one friendship group, in the middle of the school year), and how none of the characters would pass dress code, and how it doesn’t make sense that there are no uggos, only hotties. It’s true that much of the show’s audience has never picked up a suitcase of narcotics and carted it around town on a bicycle, or secretly recorded all of the times we’ve cheated on our suburban wife, or dropped out of school to care for our ex-dr*ug baron grandmother. But you might have drunk too much at a party and thrown up. You probably debased and embarrassed yourself trying too hard for someone who didn’t want you, or ug*ly cried down the phone to people who think you’re being, honestly, a bit self-indulgent and annoying. Every week, Cassie acts out the kind of things you remember at two in the morning and cringe so hard at that it’s impossible to sleep. But it’s hard to admit you were more embarrassing than you currently are, and mortifying to watch someone else do the same, and so we’re like: No, Cassie fu**ing su*ks.
And she does, of course, but I would argue no more so (and in some cases, a lot less so) than any other character in season two of Euphoria. In last night’s episode [spoilers here!] Cassie tries to get out of being exposed for sleeping with Nate by calling Rue a drug addict, after Rue loses her temper with Cassie’s naive attempt to reassure her she can take rehab “one day at a time”. Was that advice cringey? Yes! Is Cassie’s response cruel? Yes! Is it worse than Rue calling Leslie a bad mom? Or Laurie injecting a dopesick 17-year-old with morphine? In the case of the former, I would say sleeping with your best pal’s ex is dubiously worse. But the latter? I mean, probably not! Judging by the episode’s response today on Twitter and Reddit though, that sliding scale of perspective is not a popular excuse for Cassie’s increasingly dumb behaviour. But, I digress!
Cassie know good and well she could’ve played that off better like baby you gotta learn how to LIE
— HOOD VOGUE is tired of poverty (@keyon) February 7, 2022
So yes, I am a Cassie apologist. But, I must caveat, no more so than I am an apologist for any of the other flawed, broken, ug*ly characters in the relentless, unforgiving universe that Sam Levinson created for them to live in. That’s the beauty of Euphoria. For all the criticism the series has received (some of it deserved, some of it TikTok hysteria) its success lies in its ability to make the audience empathise, even for a second, with a man like Cal Jacobs, who created a life of amorality and toxic masculinity to compensate for internalised homophobia. Or with a character like Jules, so lonely and hurt that she’ll cheat on the emotionally unavailable Rue with Elliott. Or Rue, so desperately addicted to drugs that she’ll attack her mother, sister and best friends. You might recoil at their choices but on some level you understand what drove them to those choices too.
It’s entirely possible, of course, that I will regret this appeal for moderation when it comes to burning Cassie Howard at the stake for crimes against humanity and friendship and fashion. There are still another four episodes of season two of Euphoria left, and with things looking bleaker than ever for the universe’s characters, who knows how much further she can sink. Sam Levinson has created a world with only two certainties: one, that we will complain every week without fail about his characterisation and then tune in to watch anyway. And two, that Nate Jacobs fu**ing su*ks.
Watch: Katherine Heigl flashes knickers as she strips off in middle of busy New York street
The 36-year-old comedy starlet can clearly laugh at herself, and her facial expressions were a picture when she got caught stripping off in the Big Apple yesterday.
Katherine was spotted shamelessly undressing and redressing herself, transforming from her neon pink and black cycling outfit to a more work-ready white pencil skirt and turtleneck top.
But the American beauty gave onlookers an eyeful when she unwittingly flashed her knickers during her rapid wardrobe swap.
While most would be left red-faced, Katherine had an excuse for her peculiar behaviour because she was filming scenes for her new CBS show called Doubt.
The mother-of-two was joined by her co-star Dulé Hill, 40, who played the perfect gentleman by clutching on to her handbag while she was otherwise occupied.
The crew are currently filming a reboot of the pilot episode, with Katherine being cast as successful defence lawyer Sadie Ellis alongside Orange Is The New Black star Laverne Cox who will play a trans Ivy League-educated attorney.
Meanwhile, Katherine’s husband Josh Kelley recently spoke out to defend her after she was branded “difficult” for blasting her own 2007 film Knocked Up.
I mean, it’s very interesting because somehow a bunch of haters just created a whole thing that she’s ‘difficult’,” he said. “That girl’s never been late, never missed a mark, she’s the least ‘difficult’ person in the world.
“I’ve been to every movie set since we were together, and everybody loves her. “So it’s really interesting how people can make s**t up and then it can get a heartbeat.”