From Cristiano Ronaldo to David Beckham and Gerard Pique: 6 footballers who have dated famous celebrities
Footballers are one of the most respected and celebrated athletes across sports, as they happen to have a huge fan following all over the world. Consequently, they are given the status of celebrities, while some go on to date fellow and famous celebrities as well.
When it comes to football players, they are no less than celebrities, as they are famous all over the world and have a tremendous fan following. Naturally, they tend to draw the attention of not just the fans, but also of fellow celebrities, across genres.
Some of the footballers are so charming that they even go on to date some of the fellow celebrities. As a result, we take a look at six prominent and top footballers, who have dated some of the famous stars.
Ashley Cole-Cheryl: The former English and Chelsea defender was one of the most-talked footballers, especially in England, for his personal life. It was in 2004 when he started to date famous English singer and dancer, Cheryl. Things quickly escalated, as they were married after a year. However, after three years, Cheryl alleged that Cole had extra-marital affairs, while she formally filed for divorce in 2010 and were separated soon. Nonetheless, Cole, to date, continues to deny that he had any extra-marital affairs.
Wayne Rooney-Coleen: The former England and Manchester United forward is famous for his sublime football skills. Nonetheless, he also drew attention with his personal life, as he was dating English author and television personality, Coleen. Incidentally, it turned out to be a childhood affair, as Coleen had been dating Rooney since she was 16 years old. It was in 2008 when the two decided to tie the knot, while the pictures from the wedding were exclusively sold to OK magazine, where she used to write in her independent column. The couple has four children together.
Wesley Sneijder-Yolanthe Cabau: The legendary Dutch footballer, too, happens to be in the list for dating a prominent celebrity. After his divorce from his first marriage in 2009, he immediately found love in Yolanthe, who happens to be a Spanish-Dutch actress and model. She has also acted in some Hollywood movies, while she was even tagged the sexiest woman in the Netherlands. It was in 2010 when Sneijder put on a dominating performance in the FIFA World Cup, which was supposedly a means to impress Yolanthe, as, after the tournament, he ravelled to Italy and tied the knot with her. Fans have heavily adored the couple since then.
Gerard Pique-Shakira: The renowned Spanish defender, who currently plays for Barcelona, won the World Cup in 2010. It was the same year when he came across Colombian singer and dancer, Shakira. The two met in the build-up to the World Cup, while Shakira was recording her super-hit song, 'Waka Waka', for the tournament. After he helped Spain lift the World Cup, the two became romantically involved, as coach Pep Guardiola confirmed their relationship. Shakira, who despite being 10 years elder to Pique, tied the knot with him in 2011, as the couple even has two children together. They are also referred to as the power couple in the sport.
David Beckham-Victoria: Becks is one such man in the sport who needs no introduction. He is undoubtedly an English legend. As for his personal life, it has always been in the spotlight ever since he started to date English singer and fashion designer, Victoria. She rose to prominence in 1990, for her association with the girl group, Spice Girls, where she was nicknamed Posh Spice. It was in 1997 when the two met at a charity event. Although Victoria did not follow football back then, she was taken aback by Beckham's charming personality, as a year later, the latter proposed to her. After they got hitched in in 1999, they became a sensation for media, while the couple has a net worth of more than £125 million together, besides having four children.
Cristiano Ronaldo-Irina Shayk: Another footballing legend, who needs no introduction, and is one of the modern-day GOATs. While he has had many rumoured relationships, the one that caught massive media attention was when he started to date Russian model Irina Shayk. The couple began to date in 2010, after they met at Armani Exchange campaign. Although they dated for five years, things did not go smooth between the two in the latter phase, as they parted ways. While Irina later dated American Hollywood actor Bradley Cooper, Ronaldo is dating Argentine model Georgina Rodríguez.