The hottest wives and girlfriends of World Cup players

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The hottest wives and girlfriends of World Cup players

Irina Shayk - Cristiano Ronaldo (Forward, Portugal)

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Irina Shayk - Cristiano Ronaldo (Forward, Portugal)

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Irina Shayk - Cristiano Ronaldo (Forward, Portugal)

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Lena Gercke - Sami Khedira (Midfielder, Germany)

(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Lena Gercke - Sami Khedira (Midfielder, Germany)

(AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

Lena Gercke - Sami Khedira (Midfielder, Germany)

(AP Photo/Christof Stache)

Shakira - George Pique (Defender, Spain)

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Shakira - George Pique (Defender, Spain)

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Shakira - George Pique (Defender, Spain)

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Antonella Roccuzzo - Lionel Messi (Forward, Argentina)

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Antonella Roccuzzo - Lionel Messi (Forward, Argentina)

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Antonella Roccuzzo - Lionel Messi (Forward, Argentina)

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Sara Carbonero - Iker Casillas (Goalkeeper, Spain)

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Sara Carbonero - Iker Casillas (Goalkeeper, Spain)

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Sara Carbonero - Iker Casillas (Goalkeeper, Spain)

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Mandy Capristo - Mesut Ozil (Midfielder, Germany)

(Photo by Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images)

Mandy Capristo - Mesut Ozil (Midfielder, Germany)

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Mandy Capristo - Mesut Ozil (Midfielder, Germany)

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Natalia Velez - Radamel Falcao (Striker, Colombia)

(From Twitter)

Natalia Velez - Radamel Falcao (Striker, Colombia)

(Photo from Twitter)

Natalia Velez - Radamel Falcao (Striker, Colombia)

(From Twitter)

Coleen Rooney - Wayne Rooney (Forward, England)

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Coleen Rooney - Wayne Rooney (Forward, England)

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Coleen Rooney - Wayne Rooney (Forward, England)

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Fanny Neguesha - Mario Balotelli (Forward, Italy)

(Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Fanny Neguesha - Mario Balotelli (Forward, Italy)

(Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Fanny Neguesha - Mario Balotelli (Forward, Italy)

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Melissa Satta - Kevin-Prince Boateng (Forward, Ghana)

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Melissa Satta - Kevin-Prince Boateng (Forward, Ghana)

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Melissa Satta - Kevin-Prince Boateng (Forward, Ghana)

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Pilar Rubio - Sergio Ramos (Defender, Spain)

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Pilar Rubio - Sergio Ramos (Defender, Spain)

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Pilar Rubio - Sergio Ramos (Defender, Spain)

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Ann Kathrin Brömmel- Mario Gotze (Midfielder, Germany)

(From Instagram)

Ann Kathrin Brömmel- Mario Gotze (Midfielder, Germany)

(From Instagram)

Ann Kathrin Brömmel- Mario Gotze (Midfielder, Germany)

(From Instagram)

Gabriella Lenzi - Neymar (Forward, Brazil)*

(From Instagram)

Gabriella Lenzi - Neymar (Forward, Brazil)*

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Gabriella Lenzi - Neymar (Forward, Brazil)*

(From Instagram)

Bruna Marquezine - Neymar (Forward, Brazil)*

(Photo by YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)

Bruna Marquezine - Neymar (Forward, Brazil)*

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Bruna Marquezine - Neymar (Forward, Brazil)*

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Carla Kompany - Vincent Kompany (Defender, Belgium)

(Photo by Press Association)

Carla Kompany - Vincent Kompany (Defender, Belgium)

(Photo by Press Association)

Carla Kompany - Vincent Kompany (Defender, Belgium)

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Michela Quattrociocche - Alberto Aquilani (Midfielder, Italy)

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Michela Quattrociocche - Alberto Aquilani (Midfielder, Italy)

(Photo by Elisabetta A. Villa/WireImage)
Michela Quattrociocche - Alberto Aquilani (Midfielder, Italy)

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Daniella Semaan - Cesc Fabregas (Midfielder, Spain)

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Daniella Semaan - Cesc Fabregas (Midfielder, Spain)

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Daniella Semaan - Cesc Fabregas (Midfielder, Spain)

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Edurne Garcia Almagro - David De Gea (Goalkeeper, Spain)

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Edurne Garcia Almagro - David De Gea (Goalkeeper, Spain)

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Edurne Garcia Almagro - David De Gea (Goalkeeper, Spain)

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Yolanthe Sneijder-Cabau - Wesley Sneijder (Midfielder, Netherlands)

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Yolanthe Sneijder-Cabau - Wesley Sneijder (Midfielder, Netherlands)

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Yolanthe Sneijder-Cabau - Wesley Sneijder (Midfielder, Netherlands)

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Jourdan Dunn -  Daniel Sturridge (Forward, England)

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Jourdan Dunn -  Daniel Sturridge (Forward, England)

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Jourdan Dunn -  Daniel Sturridge (Forward, England)

(Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

Leticia Sahagun - Javier Hernandez (Forward, Mexico)

(From Instagram)

Leticia Sahagun - Javier Hernandez (Forward, Mexico)

(From Instagram)

Leticia Sahagun - Javier Hernandez (Forward, Mexico)

(From Instagram)

Amra Silajdzic - Edin Dzeko (Forward, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

(From Instagram)

Amra Silajdzic - Edin Dzeko (Forward, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

(From Instagram)

Amra Silajdzic - Edin Dzeko (Forward, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

(From Instagram)

Evangelina Anderson - Martin Demichelis (Defender, Argentina)

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Evangelina Anderson - Martin Demichelis (Defender, Argentina)

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Evangelina Anderson - Martin Demichelis (Defender, Argentina)

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Sam Cooke - Chris Smalling (Defender, England)

Sam Cooke - Chris Smalling (Defender, England)

(From Twitter)

Sam Cooke - Chris Smalling (Defender, England)

(From Twitter)

Laia Grassi - Alexis Sanchez (Forward, Chile)

(From Instagram)

Laia Grassi - Alexis Sanchez (Forward, Chile)

(From Instagram)

Laia Grassi - Alexis Sanchez (Forward, Chile)

(From Instagram)

Bethany Dempsey - Clint Dempsey (Forward, United States)

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Bethany Dempsey - Clint Dempsey (Forward, United States)

(Photo by Press Association)

Bethany Dempsey - Clint Dempsey (Forward, United States)

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Sarah Brandner - Bastian Schweinsteiger (Midfielder, Germany)

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Sarah Brandner - Bastian Schweinsteiger (Midfielder, Germany)

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Sarah Brandner - Bastian Schweinsteiger (Midfielder, Germany)

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Alex Gerrard - Steven Gerrard (Midfielder, England)

(AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

Alex Gerrard - Steven Gerrard (Midfielder, England)

(AP Photo/Myriam Vogel)

Alex Gerrard - Steven Gerrard (Midfielder, England)

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By EMILY CEGIELSKI

The World Cup has gotten off to a galloping start with astonishing upsets, surprising draws and the oust of the reigning champs, Spain. Soccer is slowly kicking its way into the hearts of tepid Americans everywhere with nearly 16 million people in the United States tuning into ESPN to watch the U.S. take down Ghana on Monday. However, not all of the best action at the World Cup happens on the field.

Known in Britain (and other soccer-loving countries) as WAGs, the wives and girlfriends of the best soccer players in the world are stars in their own right. And while many think of them as only arm candy (I dare you to say one of these women isn't gorgeous!), Time points out that many "have cultivated careers of their own" before ever dating their bodacious beaus. Many are actresses, journalists, singers and models. You might even recognize a couple.

Outside of America, the world of WAGs thrives with gossip columnists tailing each woman and speculating on every aspect of their lives. (*Note, there are two women listed as Neymar's girlfriend in the slideshow because gossip magazines can't figure out who's he currently seeing!) Quartz has published a 'Complete Guide to World Cup Sex Rules,' detailing which teams are traveling without their wives and girlfriends and what country's players are banned from having sex until the second round. (Hint: It's Costa Rica.) According to The Independent, the actions of soccer players' wives and girlfriends can truly affect how a player performs -- so, you're going to want to keep up with these stunning ladies.

Click through the gallery above to see some of the sexiest WAGs and let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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The hottest wives and girlfriends of World Cup players
Fernando Gago of Argentina
Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal
Glen Johnson of England
Alexis Sanchez of Chile
Radamel Falcao of Colombia
Diego Lugano of Uruguay
Graham Zusi of the United States
Oliver Giroud of France
Javier Hernandez of México
Tim Cahill of Australia
Iker Casillas of Spain
Diego Cavalieri of Brazil
Andrea Barzagli of Italy
Fabian Johnson of the United States
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