The 10 most eye-catching ‘WAGs’ at Brazil’s World Cup


Shakira. (Kayt Jones/RCA Records)

When it comes to World Cup shallowness, we’re equal opportunity. Since we already found 10 handsome men playing in the tournament, we thought we’d find 10 beautiful “WAGs” to watch, too. Don’t know what a WAG is? Oh, it’s just the ridiculous soccer term that refers to the wives and girlfriends of professional athletes. Get hip to the slang, folks! The World Cup is just 10 days away!

However, because so many soccer players’ WAGs are professional models, we had to scratch the surface —  just a little bit — to narrow down the list. (Don’t worry: the New York Daily News has them all.) So, without further ado, here are, arguably, the 10 most accomplished ladies who can be spotted in the stands looking fabulous.

Shakira, yes, the mega star, shares a kid and life with boyfriend Gerard Pique of Spain’s national team.

Edurne, another single-named pop-star, finds time to sing, act and present for television shows in Spain when she’s not cheering on Spanish boyfriend David De Gea.

Irina Shayk isn’t just a model — she’s a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model. But it was her boyfriend Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, who stripped down as her co-star on the cover of last month’s Vogue.

Jourdan Dunn’s made a name for herself for being one of the best runway models in the business, and now she’s cashing in on her gorgeously symmetrical face with a Maybelline New York contract. England’s Daniel Sturridge is a pretty lucky guy.

Alex Curran isn’t just a pretty face, herself; she also writes about pretty faces as a fashion columnist for the Daily Mirror. The wife of England’s Steven Gerrard even has her own eponymous fragrance.

Yolanthe Sneijder-Cabau is a Spanish-born actress who made a name for herself in the Netherlands, where she became a soap opera star. She’s married to the Dutch team’s Wesley Sneijder.

Coleen Rooney parlayed her personality into a television career. When she’s she’s not on TV or cheering for England’s Wayne Rooney, her husband, she’s likely doing any number of money-making things, such as endorsing beauty products or making workout DVDs.

Mandy Capristo may not be as famous as Shakira, but she can belt out a tune well enough to score a record deal. She dates Germany’s Mesut Ozil in her spare time.

Christine Louise Bleakley started off as a newscaster from Northern Ireland, but is now a television host of all trades. The girlfriend of England’s Frank Lampard even had stints hosting a show called “Dancing on Ice” and “The Voice U.K.”

Sara Carbonero is the eye-catching Spanish sideline sports journalist who may have caused boyfriend Iker Casillas to miss some key plays in the 2010 World Cup. Whoops. Now that the two have settled into their relationship, though, perhaps Spain’s goaltender will have better luck this year.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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