Love it up: This World Cup’s footballers’ romantic lives off the field
Yes, it’s finally here, the World Cup in Russia, and football supporters have their beer and crisps sorted to help them through many nerve-wracking hours of action on the pitch. Even moderate football fans get enthusiastic about the tournament, but much more interesting than the scores are the athletes’ lives off the field. Which national player is in a relationship or has even started his own family, which country has the most singles playing for them? Which football nation is most culturally diverse when it comes to being romantically involved and for which age really is merely a number? We did some research for you. Obviously, we also couldn’t get past the WAGs’ professional lives and their careers as well.
Almost every third player is still up for grabs
Especially when it comes to changing their jerseys the footballers are a delight to look at, however most of them are no longer single. 26 percent of them are in a relationship and more than 43 percent are even married. With 78 percent, Brazilians are the race leaders in the wedding game. Merely 31 percent of the English team are married, 39 percent of them have already found somebody to love. However much that sounds, that means, that every third of them is still looking for someone to win their heart. Spaniards seem to attach the least importance to marriage, since half the squad is in steady relationships without being married.
However there’s good news for all the single ladies (and gents) out there: Roundabout 30 percent of all players are still flying solo. Especially the French footballers, with a single-rate of 65 percent, are still looking for their special someone.
(Goal)keepers really seem to be keepers
Not the strikers, the keepers are the ones striking the most bull’s eyes. Almost 54 percent of them have married their queen of hearts and also half the backs and midfielders are married. 40 percent of strikers however are yet to find their sweethearts and only 26 of them are married.
The French, Swiss and Germans love internationally
When it comes to relationships most players seem to not fuss about their partners’ age or home country. Particularly for the French love knows no age or nationality. They’re average 3.8 years younger than their wives and 37.5 percent come from a country other than France. Slightly older, about 1.5 years, than their spouses are the Uruguayans.The English stand out by their very little age difference: They’re average 2.5 months older than their loved ones.
Not only the French, also the Swiss have a thing for culturally diverse relationships: One fourth of them loves a woman from another country. Only one of the English players is in a relationship with a woman from another cultural background. The Swedes, Argentinians, South Koreans and Serbs, however, have no binational relationships.
Germans do not procreate
With an average of 1.35 children, Argentinians have the pole position when it comes to procreating. Brazilians (1.13 children) and Uruguayans (1.09 children) land the second and third place. In Europe, Portugal is not only champion of the European Championship, but with an average of one child per player also champion of procreation. The English footballers have a total of 10 children in their squad – an average of 0.43 children per player.
Only Germans and South Koreans with a total of six children have less children than the English.
Not all WAGs are just WAGs
Let’s be real: When we think about WAGs, the picture appearing in our heads is a slightly dumb, however pretty girl, spending her time on vacation in Miami, Dubai or the Maldives, wearing Gucci bags, with mostly fake body party – none of which she pays herself.
It’s time to get over that cliche and face the fact, that most WAGs are at least as successful as their partners. 29 of 289 WAGs make money working as a model and will be making the stadium their catwalk during the upcoming month. There’s also nine women who are athletes, some of which have won or participated in a World Cup themselves, and eight of them are actresses. Thus, it’s not entirely true, that WAGs live off of their status and have no talents themselves.
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