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World Cup WAGS: Sportsmail's squad of 23 (11) wives and girlfriends off to Brazil



In seven days from now, the best players in the football universe will begin the battle for the sport's ultimate prize - the World Cup.

But while the World Cup will see the most talented football stars on the planet go head to head, it will also be home of the glamorous wives and girlfriends.

Sportsmail selects our 23-man squad of the best WAGS heading to Brazil this summer

Irina Shayk (Cristiano Ronaldo)



Arguably the most famous of the WAGs in Brazil this summer, it takes quite something to draw the attention away from Ronaldo but Russian supermodel Irina Shayk manages to do just that.

The power couple, who have been dating since 2010, recently posed in a racy photoshoot for Spanish Vogue by famous photographer Mario Testino.

Shayk shot to fame after starring in the video for Kanye West’s hit Power back in 2010.

Shakira (Gerard Pique)



The pair met while filming the video for Shakira’s 2010 World Cup song, Waka Waka, and began dating soon after that tournament, which was won by the Barcelona centre-back and his Spanish team-mates.

Their family trophy cabinet must be a sight to behold, with the Colombian singer having sold more than 70 million worldwide and winning a host of international awards, while Pique has won European Championships and a World Cup with Spain and triumphed three times in the Champions League.

Despite the reception to Waka Waka, Pique has starred in the video for Shakira’s offering for the Brazil World Cup, the imaginatively named La, La, La.

Bruna Marquezine (Neymar)



Despite a patchy end to the domestic season, which saw Neymar split up with soap star girlfriend Bruna Marquezine and fail to hold down a starting place in Barcelona’s first team, the Brazil star appears to be getting things back on track both on and off the pitch.

Reports that Neymar had started dating 20-year-old model Gabriella Lenzi seemed off the mark, after Marquezine was spotted with the forward earlier this week.

The 18-year-old watched Neymar and his Brazil team-mates train and the pair were pictured kissing after the session ended.

Antonella Roccuzzo (Lionel Messi)



The three-time Ballon d’Or winner met Antonella before he achieved global fame with a ball at his feet having grown up together in the Argentine town of Rosario.

They started dating in 2008 and in 2012 had their first child together, whom they named Thiago.

In enemy territory this summer, Antonella will be doing her best to keep Messi calm and relaxed as Argentina aim to win their first World Cup trophy since 1986.

Edurne Garcia Almagro (David De Gea)



Manchester United’s Player of Year boasts Spanish synthpop star Edurne as his other half.

The 28-year-old isn’t well known in England but can boast a top-five chart hit in her native Spain – with 2006’s ‘Despierta’.

Her appearance at United’s end-of-season dinner turned heads in a sparkly red outfit but she might not see much of her man at the World Cup – De Gea is likely to be third choice ‘keeper for Spain.

Sara Carbonero (Iker Casillas)



Once voted the world’s sexiest journalist, Carbonero will provide Spain’s captain with a decent distraction, should he have little to do as the champion’s dominate possession in Brazil.

At the last World Cup the 29-year-old beauty was accused of disrupting Casillas in Spain’s surprise 1-0 defeat to Switzerland after filming around the goalmouth.

It didn’t seem to affect him too much though and the Real Madrid ‘keeper greeted his wife with a kiss in their post-match interview after their win in the final.

Daniella Semaan (Cesc Fabregas)



Thirteen years older than Fabregas, Daniella left millionaire husband Elie Taktouk in 2011 after he opened his newspaper in June 2011 to see pictures of her kissing the Spain international.

Last year she gave birth to a daughter, Lia, while Fabregas was playing for Barcelona in the Champions League against Paris Saint-Germain.

Daniella, a regular in gossip magazines, is known to her friends as Queen DD because of her expansive cleavage.

Fanny Neguesha (Mario Balotelli)



Are they on? Are they off? Who knows.

The erratic Italian’s girlfriend has a similar wild-child reputation to her partner and even made it clear on social media she was single during earlier relationship troubles.

Her racy photos on Instagram have brought in 2875 followers including shots of her and the former-Manchester City striker.

After hitting the headlines as a bit of a playboy, Neguesha appears to be the woman who has tamed Balotelli and he has previously said 'I could spend my whole life with someone like this.'

Pilar Rubio (Sergio Ramos)



Rubio is a familiar face in Spain due to her work as a television presenter – but she keeps a low-profile in her relationship with Champions League-winner Ramos.

Despite that, Ramos made an impromptu appearance on her television show singing Flamenco to her and playing guitar earlier this season.

Sadly she could end up missing the World Cup in order to look after their new-born son, Sergio Junior.

Sarah Brandner (Bastian Schweinsteiger)



German model Sarah Brandner first coupled up with Bayern Munich midfielder Schweinsteiger on a holiday to party island Ibiza.

The 5ft11 blonde is often seen cheering on her boyfriend at matches for club and country – and will inevitably draw the camera’s eye in the stands in Brazil.

She admitted in an interview with GQ that her appearances at the European Championships two years ago led to ‘hordes of men’ chasing her.

Melissa Satta (Kevin-Prince Boateng)



Former-Portsmouth man Prince-Boateng has tended to miss games due to the amount of sex he has with his television presenter wife.

Satta, 27, has been with the Ghanaian international since 2011 and less than a year into the relationship revealed that he picks up minor injuries during their ‘seven to 10 times a week’ sex sessions.

‘I hate foreplay,’ she said. ‘I want to get straight to the point. My favourite position is on top so I can take control.’

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