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Meet the spouses of successful sportsmen.

The better halves of famous athletes: Housewives and successful businesswomen

Šárka Peková
23.Dec 2020
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Georgina Rodríguez a Cristiano Ronaldo

Each one of them has her own story, but there's one thing that connects

all these women: they are loving partners of famous athletes as well as public figures. At the same time, they are able to combine their career and family life. For some of them, however, caring for their children and the warmth of the family hearth has become a priority. Can you guess who we're talking about?

Georgina Rodríguez and Cristiano Ronaldo

The current star of Juventus and multiple winner of the Golden Ball Cristiano Ronaldo belongs among the absolute elite of football. The Portuguese player used to date the Russian supermodel Irina Shayk. They broke up at the beginning of 2015 and a year later he met Georgina Rodríguez. Both claim it was love at first sight. Georgina is currently one of the most popular celebrities and has got 22 million followers on Instagram alone.

Life wasn't too kind to the charming brunette. She grew up in the Spanish town of Jaca. Her father was sentenced to 10 years in prison for drug trafficking, and her mother died tragically during a car accident. However, Georgina didn't give up and started working as a waitress. She then moved to England, where she made a living as an au pair during her studies. After returning to Spain, she started working as a shop assistant in Madrid's luxury boutique Gucci, where she also met the football superstar. Today they live together in Turin and have four children. In addition to her daughter Alana Martina, whom she birthed herself, she also takes care of a pair of twins and a son, who were conceived and born with the help of two surrogate mothers. Georgina has a great relationship with Cristiano's mother Dolores, too, and she regularly supports her husband at football stadiums. It's only a matter of time before these two lovebirds tie the knot.

Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady

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Tom Brady a Gisele Bündchen
Tom Brady a Gisele BündchenSource:

American football player Tom Brady is the most famous NFL star on the planet. As a quarterback for New England Patriots, he has won the Super Bowl and All-Pro several times. Despite the fact that his career is slowly coming to an end, he shines in Boston, just like his life partner Gisele Bündchen. Gisele became the first Brazilian supermodel and managed to keep the post of the highest-paid model for several years. In the past, she was also known as a longtime girlfriend of the famous actor Leonardo DiCaprio. In 2009, she married the American football superstar, whom she had been dating since 2006.

Brady started dating Gisele shortly after his breakup with actress Bridget Moynahan, but only two and a half months later Bridget announced that she was expecting Brady's baby. Bündchen was so upset by the announcement that she considered ending the relationship so that he could return to the pregnant Moynahan. In the end, the famous model decided to stay with the athlete and Moynahan gave birth to a boy in August 2007. Today, Bündchen describes the boy as her "bonus child". This successful couple then had two children together, a son and a daughter.

Shakira and Gerard Piqué

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Gerard Piqué a Shakira
Gerard Piqué a ShakiraSource:

Gerard Piqué is one of the biggest football stars on the planet. The legend of FC Barcelona and Spain has gained victories in the World Cup, the Champions League, and obtained several La Liga titles. Nevertheless, his greatest success is his marriage to the Colombian pop star Shakira, whom he met during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. He represented Spain with his team there and she shot a video for the opening song of the whole championship.

The singer chose several football players for the "Waka Waka" video clip, including Gerard appeared, and already during the filming it sparkled between them! Once their relationship came to light in 2011, Real Madrid banned her songs from being played at the stadium. There is so much hatred between the Spanish football rivals that even local radio stations stopped playing Shakira's songs. Nothing could stop Shakira and Gerard's great love, however. The couple have two children together, and even though there had been rumors about the end of their relationship going around for a while, they are still together today. Another interesting fact about their relationship is that they were both born on February 2, but Gerard is 10 years younger.

Prodej luxusního bytu, Praha 1 - Nové Město
Prodej luxusního bytu, Praha 1 - Nové Město, Praha 1

Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade

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Tomáš Plekanec a Lucie Šafářová
Tomáš Plekanec a Lucie ŠafářováSource: foto CNC: Marek Patek Martin Sekanina / CNC / Profimedia

Thirteen-time All-Star Dwayne Wade is an NBA legend and a Miami favorite. Besides having a successful career as a professional basketball player, Wade has been lucky in his personal life as well. In 2014, he married Hollywood actress Gabrielle Union, whom he met in 2007 at a sponsored Super Bowl party. At that time, the basketball player was married to Siohvaughn Funches and the famous actress was already divorced. Their relatinship didn't start until 2009 and they first appeared together in public in July 2010, right on the red carpet of the Summer Groover Charity event. At that point, Wade had been divorced for a month and brought his two children into the new relationship, Gabrielle becoming their stepmother. In 2013, they broke up and Wade fathered his youngest son Xavier with another woman. A year later, Dwyane returned to Gabrielle and asked her to marry him. Since then, they had been trying to concieve a baby of their own, which unfortunately didn't work out.

Gabrielle had suffered eight to nine miscarriages, so they eventually chose the option of a surrogate mother who gave birth to their daughter, Kaavia James Union Wade. The wife of the basketball legend has appeared in films such as Bad Boys II, Think Like a Man, and 10 Things I Hate About You. In 2018, she took on the lead role in the thriller Breaking In. During her acting career, she has written two books and also fights publicly against violence against women. In 2020, she was listed as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by an American magazine Time.

Victoria and David Beckham

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David a Victoria Beckhamovi
David a Victoria BeckhamoviSource:

This couple sets trends. David Beckham became the first football megastar and his looks surpassed even his abilities on the field. David met Victoria in 1997, playing for Manchester United at the time. He ran into her in the players’ lounge after the match and asked her for her phone number, which she had written on a flight ticket from London to Manchester. According to the former member of the Spice Girls, it had been love at first sight. A year later, they got engaged and Victoria received an engagement ring worth over two million Czech crowns. They have four children and their eldest son Brooklyn was born before the wedding, which took place on July 4, 1999. The newlyweds paid over fourteen million crowns for it.

Nowadays, Victoria Beckham specializes in the fashion industry, she has even launched her own brand. Together with her husband and children, they also support various charities. Victoria herself has founded her own charity Save The Children and is a patron of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. At the same time, she fights against the fur farms and defends animal rights. Thanks to her authority, in 2013 she became one of the 100 most influential women in Great Britain. In 2017, she was appointed the Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to the fashion industry. Victoria is known for not smiling too much in public. In fact, the traditional "poker face" is said to be her protective mask. In order for the successful designer to smile honestly, she has to feel comfortable and safe. David Beckham once joked that too much teeth whitening was to blame!

Lucie Šafářová and Tomáš Plekanec

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Dwayne Wade a Gabrielle Union
Dwayne Wade a Gabrielle UnionSource: Profimedia

Initially, the relationship of hockey player Tomáš Plekanec and female tennis player Lucie Šafářová was considered very popular and very controversial at the same time, because they announced their love very shortly after the former captain of the national hockey team left his wife Lucie Vondráčková, with whom he has two sons, Matyáš and Adam. A huge wave of criticism subsequently fell on Plekanec for leaving his family. In the same way, Šafářová went through an unpleasant period, when the Internet called her out for ruining the marriage.

The eleven-time World Hockey Championships participant had not yet been divorced when he announced to the world that he was expecting a child with the quintuple Grand Slam women's doubles winner and Fed Cup champion. However, the baby was planned as Lucie was 32 at the time and the concerns for her health had hastened the matter. The former No. 5 of the WTA Singles Rankings has ended her professional career and currently, she is fully dedicated to raising their little daughter Leontýnka. The couple is planning a wedding, but we will have to wait for its exact date due to the coronavirus pandemic.

So which of the women do you find most likable?

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