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SHAKIRA AND GERARD PIQUÉ
The World Cup anthem "Waka Waka" wasn't the only thing luring the Colombian singer to the sport last year, as rumors circulated that she had been seeing Spanish footballer Gerard Piqué.Â Eventually, after the split with long time boyfriend Antonio De La Rúa, she moved to the city of Barcelona to make things interesting.Â An all out race ensued to capture the couple together for the photo of their first kiss, and since then Piqué admitted: "I'm in love".
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CRISTIANO RONALDO AND IRINA SHAYK
It wasn't until last November that the stud athlete appeared in public with the Russian model, where they attended the "Women of the Year Awards" by Glamour magazine.Although the pair didn't arrive nor walk together along the red carpet at the Ritz Hotel in Madrid, where the event was celebrated, the two icons let their true feelings show as the night progressed.
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The Portuguese football star, aside from being the highest paid player in the sport's history–transferred from Manchester United to Real Madrid with a deal surpassing $130 million–is also quite the stud off the field as well. Ronaldo has been linked romantically to several women including María Sharapova and Paris Hilton.
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ARTURO CARMONA AND ALICIA VILLARREAL
The former football star and singer and wife to now husband Cruz Martínez, had a daughter together named Melenie, in a relationship that ended in shambles in 2002 after just two years of marriage. The singer made an appearance on the Show de Cristina and went on to say that the true father to her child has always been Cruz Martínez, since he was the one who took the time to care for her. Burn!
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ARTURO CARMONA AND JACQUELINE BRACAMONTES
Ex-husband of Mexican singer Alicia Villarreal and the former flame of Valentino Lanús, struck a chord with one another and lived out a passionate romance for a few months in 2006.
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FRANCISCO "KIKÍN" FONSECA AND JAQUELINE BRACAMONTES
Midway through 2007, the two lived out a fiery romance that last only two months. Both reassured the media that while they still had feelings for each other, it would never work.
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IKER CASILLAS AND SARA CARBONERO
What could be better than becoming the triumphed victor of the World Cup before the eyes of 700 million spectators across the world, than to seal it with a sweet embrace...? Well, the captain of the Spanish national team found just that as he celebrated the victorious moment with a kiss from his girlfriend, and also journalist Sara Carbonero, who interviewed him at the end of the closing match.
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IKER CASILLAS AND EVA GONZÁLEZ
The first string goalie for Real Madrid also held a tender relationship with the model and former crown bearer of Miss Spain.The once romantic couple were left out of the gossip columns as they vacationed together quietly in remote areas such as Thailand.
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GIOVANI DOS SANTOS AND BELINDA
These two young lovebirds have apparently rekindled their relationship earlier this month.After being apart for almost ten months, the midfielder of the Spanish soccer club Racing Santander and Belinda have decided to give love another chance.Â Since then, the couple has been spotted walking hand in hand down the streets of Santander (Spain), city where the twenty one year-old professional plays.
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LUIS GARCÍA AND KATE DEL CASTILLO
The first wedding for the popular actress didn't end like the storybook one she expected. The football star was accused of both physically and mentally abusing her at the time.
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DAVID AND VICTORIA BECKHAM
David Beckham and wife, Victoria,are arguably the most notable couple in all of professional sports. The veteran midfielder for the LA Galaxy and the former Posh Spice are also set to become parents once more.The couple has confirmed they are expecting their first daughter, and she'll now even out the playing field amongst their sons Romeo, Brooklyn and Cruz.
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CUAUHTEMOC BLANCO AND...
The truth is that the former player and now radio personality has been quite the ladies man. Among others, he was romantically involved with Sandra Montoya, which didn't last very long; with Liliana Lago, who he had a daughter with, while she was still married to Enrique Garay; with Galilea Montijo, who during a bumpy relationship slacked on the field and faced harsh criticism from the press, and with Rossana Nájera which after years of searching, has finally agreed to let the wedding bells ring.
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JORGE CAMPOS AND DANIELA CASTRO
The Mexican football star lived out a long romance with the leading actress of the soap Cañaveral de pasiones, who ended a previous relationship with actor Raúl Araiza not long before.
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KAKÁ AND CAROLINE CELICO
While Kaká was off around the world displaying his talents, his heart remained in Brazil along with this childhood sweetheart Caroline Celico, whom he lawfully wed in December 2005.
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LIONEL MESSI AND LUCIANA SALAZAR
Although the soccer phenom is well on his way to wedding his counterpart at the end of this year, Messi once held a long and heartfelt relationship with the beautiful Luciana Salazar.
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MEMO OCHOA AND DULCE MARÍA
In 2006 the pro athlete and the popular singer held a very close relationship over the course of the year. After they split, fans and the media alike mourned for the end of such a cute couple.
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NERY CASTILLO AND IMOGEN THOMAS
The Mexican middle fielder was on cloud nine during a relationship with the British supermodel.
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PELÉ AND XUXA
The world renowned footballer Pelé "El Rey" lost his head over the beautiful Xuxa Meneghel, known for her childhood television shows. The Brazilian bombshell held a romance with: Ayrton Senna, John Kennedy (junior), Drew de Mann and in the last couple of years, Luciano Szafir, father to her child.
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RAFA MÁRQUEZ AND ADRIANA LAVAT
The two love birds were wed December 27th, 2003 in the church of San Fernando in the historical center of the Mexican capital. They currently have two children together.
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RAFA MÁRQUEZ AND JAYDY MITCHEL
Following a relationship of four years, the soccer star and the ex-wife of singer Alejandro Sanz, decided to tie the knot in secret earlier this year with an intimate ceremony on the beaches of Manzanillo in Mexico. The newlyweds have now made their home in New York,where he plays for the Red Bulls.
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JUAN ROMÁN RIQUELME AND YESICA TOSCANINI
The romance between the Boca Juniors team player and the supermodel sailed along easy street until the football star's wife – whom which he has three children with– found them out and threatened to set fire to their home. She eventually went back on her threats and bid for a divorce.
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SERGIO RAMOS AND NANI GAITÁN
Many have criticized the union of the Real Madrid star with the model and television host because she is ten years older than he is, but the couple has always made the effort to ignore such rumors.
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LUIS ROBERTO ALVES "ZAGUE" AND PAOLA ROJAS
After a long relationship, television news host Paola Rojas and former football star Luis Roberto Alves "Zague" finally tied the knot last year in company of the Mexican president, Felipe Calderón and his wife, Quintana Roo in the Xcaret region of Mexico.
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RONALDO AND DANIELA CICARELLI
The famous Brazilian football star married this supermodel in 2005 with a luxurious wedding that cost close to a million dollars. The couple divorced each other just a few months after.
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HUGO SÁNCHEZ AND ISABEL MARTÍN
The former footballer and Mexican trainer finally tied the knot with a true story book wedding ceremony in April of 2007. The Spanish model arrived in a beautiful sheer gown at the Church of the Jerónimos in Madrid. And to keep with traditions following the service, the bouquet was offered as a gift to the Guadalupe Virgin, the patron saint of Mexico.
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