Rooney, Vardy and other footballers who stood the test of time with their partners

Wayne and Coleen Rooney
Rebekah and Jamie Vardy
Emma Rhys-Jones and Gareth Bale
Andre Gray and Leigh-Anne Pinnock
Georgina Rodríguez and Cristiano Ronaldo
Lionel Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo
Mario Götze and Ann-Kathrin Brommel
Mauro Icardi and Wanda Nara
Cesc Fabregas and Daniella Semaan
Robert Lewandowski and Anna Lewandowska
Luis Suárez and Sofía Balbi
Roberto Firmino and Larissa Pereira
Shakira and Gerard Piqué
Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Perrie Edwards
Alisson Becker and Natália Loewe
Sergio Ramos and Pilar Rubio
David and Victoria Beckham
Sara Carbonero and Iker Casillas
Wayne and Coleen Rooney

Wayne Rooney met his wife at a very young age. He was 13 and she 12 years old when they got to know each other in Liverpool. After secondary school, at age 16, Coleen (1986) and Wayne (1985) began dating. In 2008 they got married. Also referred to as 'Wayleen,' the couple had four sons between 2009 and 2018.

Rebekah and Jamie Vardy

When you mention Coleen Rooney, the name Rebekah Vardy is never far away. The two footballers' wives are currently in the middle of a huge dispute for leaking information to The Sun.

Jamie (1987) and Rebekah (1982) met in 2014 when she was working as a nightclub promoter. She had two children with another soccer player before and she would have three more with Jamie between 2014 and 2019. The couple married in 2016. Rebekah Vardy has become a TV personality, participating in 'I'm a Celebrity' and 'Dancing on Ice.'

Emma Rhys-Jones and Gareth Bale

Soccer player Gareth Bale (1989) and Emma Rhys-Jones (1991) have been together since their high school years in Cardiff, Wales. Discreet and quiet, they are parents of three children (Alba, Nava and Axel) and inseparable in their daily lives. In 2013, the relationship between the (then-Madrid-based) Welsh athlete and Emma Rhys-Jones became public, and in 2016 he announced their engagement. The couple's wedding in 2019 had only 60 guests. Bale is currently playing for Tottenham Hotspur, London; a return to one of his first clubs and a bit closer to their shared hometown in the UK.

Andre Gray and Leigh-Anne Pinnock

In 2016, the singer Leigh-Anne Pinnock (1991) of 'Little Mix' found love in the Premier League with Andre Gray (1990). The footballer has even appeared in the video for Little Mix's 'Think About Us'. The couple have been engaged since May 2020.

Georgina Rodríguez and Cristiano Ronaldo

In the 'fairy tale' version of their relationship, Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodríguez met at a Spanish department store where Rodríguez worked and attended customers in Portuguese. Obviously, the  footballer was assigned to her as a client. Whether this story is true or not, the media know for certain that Cristiano Ronaldo (1985) and Georgina Rodríguez (1994) began dating in the summer of 2016. Since then, she has become a style influencer on Instagram, while he continues to score goals.

Lionel Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo

Antonella Roccuzzo (1988) and Leo Messi (1987) have known each other since they were nine years old. They didn't start dating until 2007 though, and they only went public in 2009. Married since 2017, they have three sons: Thiago, Mateo and Ciro.

Mario Götze and Ann-Kathrin Brommel

Ann-Kathrin Brommel (1989) had already gained some fame through 'Next Top Model Germany' but it was in 2014, when Mario Götze (1992) scored the goal that won Germany the World Cup, that she really became known to the world. Having been together since 2012, they got married in 2018 and had a son in June 2020.

Mauro Icardi and Wanda Nara

The story of Wanda Nara (1986) and Mauro Icardi (1993) would be enough for a Netflix series of several seasons. They have been together since 2009 and married since 2014. Wanda Nara is the striker's manager. They have three children together but have recently hit crisis when rumours of Icardi's affair with an Argentinian actress have floated around...

Cesc Fabregas and Daniella Semaan

Cesc Fábregas (1987) and Daniella Semaan (1975) met in a London restaurant in 2011. She was married at the time but left everything behind for the new love of her life. After more than a decade together, they have three children together (Lia, Capri and Leonardo), to which the model brings two more from her previous marriage: Maria and Joseph.

Robert Lewandowski and Anna Lewandowska

Anna Lewandowska (1988) met Robert Lewandowski (1988) in 2007 at a sports camp. Since then, they have been together. Anna is a well-known and multi-awarded Polish karateka, a trainer, and a nutrition expert. In fact, she has her own food brand: Food by Ann. They have two daughters.

Luis Suárez and Sofía Balbi

The Uruguayan striker Luis Suárez (1987) came to Europe via Ajax Amsterdam. He'd had a girlfriend in his home country since age 15, Sofia Balbi (1989), but she moved with her family to Spain while Suárez went for his football career in The Netherlands. However, the couple's love was stronger than the distance and they got married in Amsterdam in 2009. They have three children together: Delfina, Benjamín and Lautaro. In 2014, Suárez signed with FC Barcelona so they could join Balbi's family in Spain again.

Roberto Firmino and Larissa Pereira

They met in 2014 and have not separated since. Roberto Firmino (1991) and Larissa Pereira (1992) are one of the Premier League's most adored couples. Their Instagram accounts are an ode to love and family, of which their two daughters, Bella and Valentina, are also a part. They have been married since 2017 but looking at their photos, they seem to be on a constant honeymoon - except for this photo which shows them heading to court for Bobby's drink driving incident in 2016.

Shakira and Gerard Piqué

Gerard Piqué (1987) and Shakira (1977) were destined to be together. They are exactly 10 years apart, with the same birthday in different decades. The football player met the singer while filming the 'Waka-Waka' video for the 2010 World Cup. Allegedly, they fell for each other immediately. In March 2011, the relationship became public.  They have two sons, Milan and Sasha.

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Perrie Edwards

They are only 35 days apart and it shows on their social media: Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (1993) and Perrie Edwards (1993) appear to be completely in sync. They have been one of the UK's most loved-up couples since their relationship began in 2016, when the singer, a member of 'Little Mix', was a contestant on 'The X Factor' and the footballer was in the audience.

Alisson Becker and Natália Loewe

If you think there is no such thing as a perfect family, you don't know the Beckers. Alisson Becker (1992), one of the best goalkeepers in the world, met Natália Loewe in 2012 and they became husband and wife in 2015. However, Natália knew she didn't want to be just 'the wife of,' so she went on to study medicine and is now a doctor. The couple have two children: Helena and Matteo.

Sergio Ramos and Pilar Rubio

Sergio Ramos (1986) and Pilar Rubio (1978) seemed destined to be together. They started dating in 2012 and married in 2019. The couple have four children, all boys: Sergio, Marco, Alejandro and Máximo Adriano. Their lives have been the subject of an Amazon Prime documentary series.

David and Victoria Beckham

Who doesn't know these two? Victoria Beckham (1974) is a former Spice Girl and fashion icon, while David Beckham (1975) is a former soccer star and now the (co-)owner of Inter Miami and Salford City. They met after she came to see one of his games with Manchester United in 1997. Married in 1999, the couple have four children.

Sara Carbonero and Iker Casillas

The kiss that moved the world was a confirmation of their public-secret relationship. After winning the 2010 World Cup with Spain, Iker Casillas (1981) could not hold back and kissed reporter Sara Carbonero (1984) live on air. It was a historic moment in Spanish football and entertainment. The couple got married in 2016 and have two sons: Lucas and Martín. Sadly, however this seemed 'match-made-in-heaven' came to an end in 2021 when the couple announced they had officially split.

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