5 Most Famous Football WAGs Before They Became ‘WAGs’
by Aditya Gokhale on May 10, 2022
WAGs, or Wives and Girlfriends, can sometimes be seen as a pejorative term, thanks to various tabloids delivering judgemental, misogynistic assessments of those who find themselves in the category.
As a result, there is an image of footballers' wives and girlfriends as simply spending their partners' money, something that Leanne Brown, wife of former Manchester United defender Wes Brown, has decried. "We have lived with the WAG stigma for so long," she said in an interview with the Guardian. "People were quick to brand me a ‘sponger’, just for being a stay-at-home mum."
However, that is not always the case, these players are surrounded by a lot of high-profile people, and thus there are plenty of WAGs who were already well-known before getting romantically involved with the footballers.
We take a look at the 5 most famous football WAGs before they became ‘WAGs’.
Cheryl Tweedy/Cole (Ex-Wife of Ashley Cole)
If you were even a little involved with music in the late 2000s-early 2010s, you know exactly who Cheryl Tweedy is. Cheryl was one of the biggest pop stars of that era of music. The Brit singer was one of the hottest commodities in Britain during her prime with hits like Fight For This Love and Sound of the Underground.
Cheryl and Ashley became a showbiz golden couple when they began dating in 2004, while Cheryl was pursuing a lucrative music career as one-fifth of Girls Aloud and Ashley was one of the country's top football players.
In 2006, they married in a £1 million star-studded ceremony, but Cheryl's world came crumbling down less than two years later when Ashley was accused of sleeping with hairdresser Aimee Walton following a drunken night out.
In an interview in 2020, Ashley Cole said, “You don’t marry a girl because she’s a popstar; you want to be with her because you like her. You like her company. Everyone says I was supposed to be a role model but I was a kid, I didn’t understand life!
“Did I make mistakes when I was younger? Of course, and I understand that now. I understand right from wrong. I’ve lived through life – the good, the bad, the ugly and the unbelievable.”
Izabel Goulart (Fiance of Kevin Trapp)
Despite not being a well-known name within the footballing world, Kevin Trapp’s current partner Izabel Goulart is known by millions - but for reasons not associated with the beautiful game.
Goulart is a Brazilian model, who rose to fame through work with Victoria's Secret early in her modelling career. She is best known for having been one of the Victoria's Secret Angels from 2005 to 2008 and for her work with Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and Armani Exchange. In 2011, she ranked number 100 in FHM magazine's list of the 100 Sexiest Women In The World.
The couple is said to have met in Paris and started dating in 2015. Trapp was playing for PSG at the time, and Goulart is known to have spent time in Paris for her line of work.
Trapp and Goulart got engaged in 2018 after three years together. "Soon to be Mrs Trapp," the Brazilian model posted in a video to her 4.6 million Instagram followers, announcing the news. "When you meet the one who changes your life in every sense then you are sure that he is the right one!" In 2018, the duo made headlines after Goulart's statements about their sex life went viral.
Perrie Edwards (Girlfriend of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain)
Perrie Louise Edwards is a British singer and a member of the girl group Little Mix. As of 2021, the group have sold over 65 million records worldwide, making them one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all time.
Perrie Edwards and her Liverpool player boyfriend Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are one of the hottest couples in showbiz, having been together since late 2016/early 2017 – three years of love, and what a ride!
The Liverpool midfielder met the other members of Little Mix at an interview in 2015 when Perrie was unable to attend, which is the worst 'fortune' we've ever heard. But nothing could stop them, since a year later, they were enjoying a succession of covert dates before getting official!
Perrie Edwards and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain began dating around the same time.
Of course, following Perrie's tumultuous romance with Zayn Malik, everyone was hoping for the best for her in love and then came Alex. The pair has been together since November 2016, when they were first sighted at The X Factor studios supporting Perrie's performance with Little Mix.
We couldn't resist looking back at their sweet love story and relationship history after they became parents to baby Axel this year, as they've gone from strength to strength and are now living together.
Victoria Beckham (Wife of David Beckham)
Victoria Beckham, better known as Posh Spice, is a member of the legendary girl band, The Spice Girls. If you have even the slightest knowledge of pop music in the 90s and the 2000s you know that this is THE band.
Posh Spice was pretty much the face of the band, alongside Ginger Spice, Geri Halliwell.
They first met at the Manchester United players' lounge in early 1997, when David was on the verge of becoming a global soccer superstar after an amazing European career. The pair announced their engagement at a press conference around a year after the meeting.
David's diamond engagement ring was the first of 15 he'd given his wife during the course of their marriage. Victoria and David married in Luttrellstown Castle near Dublin four months after their son was born.
Beckham signed a new deal with the LA Galaxy after a few years in Spain, and the entire family of 6 moved to the United States. The two have now ventured into the world of fashion.
Shakira (Partner of Gerard Pique)
Everybody in the world who has even a little bit of internet connection knows who Shakira is. One of the most recognizable people of all time. Her single "Hips Don't Lie" (featuring Wyclef Jean) was a worldwide hit in 2006. She earned song-of-the-year and record-of-the-year prizes for the single "La Tortura" at the Latin Grammy Awards that year, while Fijación oral, vol. 1 was awarded album of the year and best female pop vocal album, as well as winning a Grammy Award for best Latin rock/alternative album.
The Colombian and the Barcelona defender first met during the 2010 FIFA World Cup’s recording of Waka Waka. Pique told Shakira, who would be performing in the final ceremony, that he would reach the final [with Spain] and that they would meet there. As fate would have it, Spain did reach the final [and win it] and Shakira and Pique did meet. They confirmed their relationship in 2011 during a Shakira concert in Barcelona, where Pique along with his teammates jumped on stage to join the Colombian.
Shakira did have a few hiccups getting settled in with Pique’s teammates as there was animosity between Antonella Roccuzzo (Lionel Messi’s wife) and Shakira due to the former being good friends with Pique’s ex, Nuria Thomas. However, all that has now been put aside, as Shakira enjoys a good relationship with her “husband” and 2 kids.