The women behind the great men of the World Cup

ByJocelyn Fiset KABC logo
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, from Argentina, left, and his girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo arrive to the Andres Iniesta's wedding at the castle of Tamarit in Tarragona, Spain.
FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, from Argentina, left, and Antonella Roccuzzo arrive to the Andres Iniesta's wedding at the castle of Tamarit in Tarragona, Spain.
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You've seen the footballers in action, but have you ever wondered about their better halves? Here are some of the top wives and girlfriends of the 2014 World Cup players.

1. Irina Shayk (girlfriend of Cristiano Ronaldo)

Probably the luckiest woman alive, Irina is the most famous of the soccer girlfriends. It takes a lot to draw attention away from Ronaldo but this Russian supermodel has managed it. The power couple has been dating since 2010.

Model Irina Shayk attends the 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 50th Anniversary Issue kick off event at Swimsuit Beach House on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 in New York.
Model Irina Shayk attends the 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 50th Anniversary Issue kick off event at Swimsuit Beach House on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 in New York.
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2. Shakira (girlfriend of Gerard Pique)

This gorgeous Colombian singer met her soccer playing stud boyfriend while filming the video for her 2010 World Cup song, "Waka Waka," and the two began dating soon afterwards. Pique even starred in the video for Shakira's new Brazil World Cup song "La, La, La."

Gerard Pique, left, and Shakira arrive at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 18, 2014, in Las Vegas.
Gerard Pique, left, and Shakira arrive at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 18, 2014, in Las Vegas.
Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP

3. Bruna Marquezine (girlfriend of Neymar)

Despite a rough split from Neymar earlier in the domestic season, it seems his romance with the 18-year-old soap star Bruna Marquezine is back on after the pair were pictured kissing when the season ended.

Bruna Marquezine, actress and girlfriend of Brazilian soccer player Neymar.
Bruna Marquezine, actress and girlfriend of Brazilian soccer player Neymar.
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4. Ann-Kathrin Brommel (girlfriend of Mario Gotze)

As a model, singer, and blogger, she already had a lot on her plate before getting together with the young German soccer star. (Photo by annkathrinbromell/Instagram)

Ann Kathrin Brommel, girlfriend of Mario Gotze
Ann Kathrin Brommel, girlfriend of Mario Gotze
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5. Antonella Roccuzzo (wife of Lionel Messi)

The Argentinian soccer star met Antonella before he achieved global game. The two grew up together in the Argentine town of Rosario. They started dating in 2008 and had their first child together, Thiago, in 2012.

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FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, from Argentina, left, and his girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo arrive to the Andres Iniesta's wedding at the castle of Tamarit in Tarragona, Spain.
AP Photo/Manu Fernandez

6. Carla Kompany (wife of Vincent Kompany)

This gorgeous radio presenter first met the Belgium captain when he was playing for Hamburg and is believed to be a big influence in his career. (Photo by carla_kompany/Twitter)

Carla Kompany
Carla Kompany
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7. Sara Carbonero (girlfriend of Iker Casillas)

Carbonero first met Casillas when she was a top sports journalist, and the two have been inseparable ever since. At the last World Cup, the 29-year-old beauty was accused of disrupting Casillas in Spain's surprise 1-0 defeat to Switzerland after filming around the goal area.

Spanish TV host Sara Carbonero adjusts her hair prior to the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal match between Spain and France in Donetsk, Ukraine, Saturday, June 23, 2012.
Spanish TV host Sara Carbonero adjusts her hair prior to the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal match between Spain and France in Donetsk, Ukraine, Saturday, June 23, 2012.
AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani

8. Michela Quattrociocche (wife of Alberto Aquilani)

The Italian midfielder has been married to gorgeous Italian film actress Quattrociocche since shortly after his switch to Liverpool, and she gave birth to their first child, Aurora, in 2011.

Italian actress Michela Quattrociocche poses prior to the start of the Dolce & Gabbana women
Italian actress Michela Quattrociocche poses prior to the start of the Dolce & Gabbana women's Spring-Summer 2012 fashion collection, that was presented in Milan, Italy.
AP Photo/Antonio Calanni

9. Daniella Semaan (girlfriend of Cesc Fabregas)

Thirteen years older than Fabregas, Daniella left her millionaire husband in 2011 after he opened his newspaper to see pictures of her kissing the Spanish soccer player.

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Spain's Cesc Fabregas kisses his girlfriend Daniella Semaan after Spain won the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine.
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10. Pilar Rubio (girlfriend of Sergio Ramos)

Rubio is a famous face in Spain due to her work as a television presenter, but her relationship with Ramos is kept low-profile. Unfortunately, she will be missing the World Cup this year to stay home with their newborn son, Sergio Junior.

Spanish reporter and TV presenter Pilar Rubio poses during a photocall to present a new line of eyewear in Madrid, Spain, Thursday Oct 17, 2013.
Spanish reporter and TV presenter Pilar Rubio poses during a photocall to present a new line of eyewear in Madrid, Spain, Thursday Oct 17, 2013.
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