As the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar approaches, players from 32 teams are gearing up for the competition — and so are their biggest supporters.
Meet the wives, girlfriends, and partners of this year’s World Cup stars:
Ash Turner, wife of goalkeeper Matt Turner
A former Patriots cheerleader, Ash Turner is married to Arsenal goalkeeper Matt Turner, 28, and together, they share son Easton Atwood, who arrived in June 2022.
Elise Hansen Long, wife of defender Aaron Long
2022 has turned out to be a big year for Elise and Aaron Long. Not only did the Red Bulls defender, 30, reach the World Cup, but he and his favorite supporter will soon be celebrating their first wedding anniversary after tying the knot on New Year’s Eve in December 2021.
They share a daughter, Kaia Rae, who was born in June 2020.
Darcy Myers, fiancée of defender Antonee Robinson
Together since at least 2019, Darcy Myers has shared bits and pieces of her love story with Fulham defender Antonee Robinson on social media, including their romantic engagement in March 2022.
In a video shared on Instagram, Robinson, 25, popped the question to Myers in front of glowing letters that spelled out, “Marry Me.” The couple is also proud parents to a baby girl named Atlas.
Sally Zimmerman, wife of defender Walker Zimmerman
A game-day regular, Sally Zimmerman has cheered on husband Walker Zimmerman during his Nashville SC games and has even brought their son, Tucker, along for the ride.
Although Sally keeps her social media profile private, the 29-year-old Zimmerman frequently shares family-centric photos on his page.
Milana D’Ambra, girlfriend of midfielder Brenden Aaronson
A fellow soccer player, Milana D’Ambra has been dating Leeds United midfielder Brenden Aaronson, 22, for years, with the twosome celebrating their fourth anniversary together in September 2022.
“4 years of loving you, doing life with you is everything I could ever ask for,” D’Ambra, a Temple University athlete, posted on Instagram at the time.
Sarah Schmidt, girlfriend of midfielder Tyler Adams
Dating for more than three years, Sarah Schmidt is based overseas with midfielder Tyler Adams, who currently plays for Leeds United. When Adams, 23, joined Leeds United on a five-year deal in July 2022, Schmidt was by his side on the big day.
“There’s nothing better than watching you do what you love. I can’t wait to see everything you do in this next chapter. Always your #1 fan,” she gushed on Instagram.
Eliza Morris, wife of forward Jordan Morris
Eliza Morris is the longtime champion of Seattle Sounders forward Jordan Morris. The couple, who is also proud parents to fur baby Maisie, married in October 2021 in a dreamy outdoor ceremony.
Morris, 28, commemorated their first wedding anniversary with a touching Instagram tribute, writing in part: “Incredibly grateful to have you by my side.
Oriana Sabatini, girlfriend of forward Paulo Dybala
Oriana Sabatini is an Argentine model, actress, and renowned singer, who is better known by her stage name, Oriana. She has opened shows for top artists such as Coldplay and Dua Lipa.
Sabatini has been dating Paulo Dybala, a forward for Serie A club Roma, since 2018. Last January, the singer came out as bisexual and revealed her plan to one day marry Dybala, 29.
Sabatini comes from a family of well-known Argentine celebrities. Her mother, Catherine Fulop, is a Venezuelan actress, model, host, and former beauty pageant contestant, while her father, Osvaldo Sabatini, is an actor and producer.
Noemie Happart, wife of midfielder Yannick Carrasco
A former Miss Belgium, Noemie Happart has been married to Atletico Madrid midfielder Yannick Carrasco, 29, for five years, with the pair celebrating their latest wedding anniversary in June 2022. A month later, the couple welcomed a baby boy.
Happart, who is a beauty and lifestyle enthusiast, regularly posts photos of her everyday style and travels on Instagram, where she boasts more than 77,000 followers.
Mishel Gerzig, fiancée of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois
Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has been engaged to Israeli model Mishel Gerzig since the summer, when the 30-year-old athlete popped the question aboard a yacht in June 2022.
An avid traveler, Gerzig regularly gives fans a peek at her adventures on Instagram, including her recent stops in Paris and Ibiza.
Michele Lacroix, wife of midfielder Kevin De Bruyne
A mother of three, Michele Lacroix has been married to Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne since 2017. In addition to supporting De Bruyne, 31, on game days, Lacroix also co-hosts the “Secret Society” podcast, which delivers “your dose of girl talk.”
Laura Hilven, wife of forward Leandro Trossard
Married for three years, Laura Hilven and Brighton & Hove Albion forward Leandro Trossard, 27, are gearing up for the arrival of their second child next year. The couple welcomed son Thiago in April 2017.
Rafaella Szabo, wife of midfielder Axel Witsel
A professional photographer, Rafaella Szabo has been married to Atletico Madrid midfielder Axel Witsel since 2015. Szabo is the 33-year-old Witsel’s longtime sweetheart and together, they have three children, who are frequently featured on her Instagram page.
Raiane Lima, girlfriend of forward Gabriel Jesus
Raiane Lima and Gabriel Jesus, a forward on Arsenal, welcomed their first child, a baby girl named Helena, in May 2022. At the time, the couple shared a sweet photo holding their daughter’s hand with the message, “The best day of our lives.”
Helena’s arrival came days after Jesus’ Premier League title win, which marked the 25-year-old’s fourth in six years in England.
Lima — an influencer, who has over 370,000 Instagram followers — went public with their relationship last July.
Kate Kane, wife of forward Harry Kane
Kate Kane married Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane in June 2019. The couple has three children together, daughters, Ivy, 5, and Vivi, 4, and son Louis, who was born in December 2019.
Last week, Kate took to Instagram to share a tribute to Kane, 29, ahead of the World Cup.
“The kids and I are so proud of you @harrykane,” she wrote. “We know you’ll make your country proud at the World Cup and we’ll be there with you every step of the way ❤️ let’s go!”
Rebecca Cooke, girlfriend of midfielder Phil Foden
Rebecca Cooke and Phil Foden, a 22-year-old Manchester City midfielder, have been dating since they were teenagers. The couple, both Stockport natives, have two children together. They are fairly private about their relationship and family.
Paige Milian, fiancée of forward Raheem Sterling
Raheem Sterling reportedly proposed to Paige Milian in March 2018 after they welcomed their son, Thiago, the year prior.
The 27-year-old athlete, who is a midfielder for Chelsea, has a daughter, Melody Rose, from a previous relationship. She was born in 2012.
Sterling and Milian have been a couple since 2007.
Megan Davison, wife of goalkeeper Jordan Pickford
The love story between Megan Davison and Jordan Pickford, a goalkeeper for Everton, stretches back to their teenage years. The couple reportedly met when they were in school and have been together since the age of 14.
Davison and Pickford, 28, tied the knot in March 2020 after welcoming a baby boy named Arlo George the year prior. However, they said, “I do,” in an intimate beach wedding in June 2022.
Asantewa Chitty, girlfriend of midfielder Jude Bellingham
Asantewa Chitty and Jude Bellingham, a 19-year-old midfielder for Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund, have remained coy about their relationship since it was reported in April
Chitty, who turned 21 in February, has over 11,000 followers on Instagram, where she shares mostly fashion photos. She also posts beauty content on TikTok.
Jordan Ozuna, girlfriend of forward Karim Benzema
Jordan Ozuna and Karim Benzema, a 34-year-old forward and captain of Real Madrid, reportedly confirmed their relationship in August.
An American model, Ozuna is currently signed to a number of agencies including State Management, Caroline Gleason Management, Tricia Brink Management, and The Salt Agency. She previously worked as a waitress at Hooters in Las Vegas for three years.
Izabel Goulart, fiancée of goalkeeper Kevin Trapp
Izabel Goulart has proudly been wearing a massive diamond on her ring finger ever since Kevin Trapp, a 32-year-old goalkeeper for Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt, popped the question in July of 2018.
“Soon to be Mrs. Trapp,” she wrote on Instagram at the time, including a video of the couple kissing. “When you meet the one who changes your life in every sense then you are sure that he is the right one!”
The couple has been dating since 2016 and tends to keep their relationship relatively private on social media.
AnneKee Molenaar, girlfriend of defender Matthijs de Ligt
AnneKee Molenaar and Matthijs de Ligt, a 23-year-old defender for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich, have been dating since 2018.
Molenaar, who turned 24 in September 2022, is a model who has posed for Vogue among other top publications.
Georgina Rodriguez, partner of forward Cristiano Ronaldo
Georgina Rodriguez has been in a relationship with Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo since 2016. Rodriguez, who hails from Argentina, welcomed her first child with Ronaldo in 2017, daughter Alana.
Four years after Alana’s birth, Rodriguez and Ronaldo, 37, announced they were expecting twins. In April 2022, however, Ronaldo revealed the devastating news that one of his twin babies tragically died during childbirth. The couple named the surviving twin Bella Esmeralda, expressing how she “gives us the strength to live this moment with some hope and happiness.”
Sofia Balbi, wife of forward Luis Suarez
Married since 2009, Sofia Balbi and forward Luis Suarez of the Nacional club in the Uruguayan Primera División first crossed paths as teens. When she isn’t supporting Suarez, 35, during his matches, Balbi regularly shares photos of their family life on Instagram, where she boasts over one million followers.
Emma Rhys-Jones, wife of forward Gareth Bale
High school sweethearts, Emma Rhys-Jones has been married to Los Angeles FC forward Gareth Bale since June 2019. The 33-year-old Bale welcomed his fourth child with Rhys-Jones in June 2021.