World of Sport

The Wembley WAGS

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A little-known fact about footballers is that they occasionally meet girls and are seen out and about with them.

But ever since the England WAGS made such a splash in the forest retreat of Baden Baden during the 2006 World Cup, the spotlight at major events has been not just on the men in competition, but on the women supporting them.

With some star names bound to walk Wembley way and support their husbands and boyfriends (HABS? It will never catch on), allow us to brief you on who's with who - from pop stars to models to childhood sweethearts...

GERARD PIQUE AND SHAKIRA

The defender is currently winning just about every trophy going with Barcelona, and now has the 34-year-old pop star Shakira on his arm. Life's tough.

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WAYNE ROONEY AND COLEEN ROONEY

All's bliss in the Rooney household - these days, anyway. Here they are on a lovely day out seeing what daddy does at work.

 

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LIONEL MESSI AND ANTONELLA ROCCUZZO (OR LUCIANA SALAZAR?)

The 23-year-old is feted as the best player in the world, but when it comes to women our colleagues in Spain could not tell us for sure whether his other half is Antonella Roccuzzo, who lives in his homeland Argentina, or glamour model Luciana Salazar, to whom he has been linked in Spain.

 

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JAVIER HERNANDEZ AND LETICIA SAHAGUN

Chicharito is making waves in the English game after a stunning first season up front for Manchester United. Mexican Leticia also has a nickname - Lety - and is studying international relations, which is probably handy if you're keeping up an international relationship.

 

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 CARLES PUYOL AND MALENA COSTA

 Puyol has been with Spanish model Malena Costa since September 2010. Earlier in the season he dedicated a goal to her. Rumours of a wedding proposal-based goal celebration if he scores in the final are unconfirmed.
 

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RYAN GIGGS AND STACEY COOKE
 
Make no mistake, this is Ryan Giggs's wife - the pair married in 2007 and have two children together. Stacey made sure to go out on the field and join in with the team's celebrations at the weekend as they won their 19th league title.

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 PATRICE EVRA AND SANDRA EVRA
 
Sandra Evra is pictured here celebrating in the crowd as Patrice played for France at the 2010 World Cup. Given how France fared in South Africa, credit to the photographer for snapping anybody French who looked remotely happy with life.
 

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IBRAHIM AFELLAY AND DORIEN ROSE

New man at Barcelona Ibrahim Afellay is seeing Dutch model Dorien, who manages to fit looking an awful lot like Angelina Jolie into her busy schedule.

 

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 DIMITAR BERBATOV AND ELENA SHTILIANOV

 Speaking of resemblances, Andy Garcia-a-like Dimitar Berbatov has been with long-term gilfriend Elena for several years, and the pair have a little girl together.

 

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 EDWIN VAN DER SAR AND ANNE-MARIE VAN KESTEREN

The United goalkeeper's wife often shuns the WAG spotlight, but here she is captured cheering her man on while he was in international action. Edwin and his wife had a horrible shock just over a year ago when she suffered a suspected brain haemorrhage, but thankfully she has made a full recovery with no long term effects.

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