The Most Powerful Wives and Girlfriends in Sports
Superstar athlete? Celebrity wife? That’s a power couple. They say that it takes money to make money, and by that logic, it would seem that it takes power and status to date people of power and status. Or maybe the saying success breeds success is more appropriate (and literal)?
Here are the most powerful wives and girlfriends in sports today.
Shakira and Gerard Piqué
We all know one thing about Shakira, and it’s that her hips DO NOT LIE. Columbian superstar singer Shakira entered the English-language market in 2001 after years of dominating the Latin American charts. Since her English-debut single “Whenever, Wherever,” Shakira has grown her audience and become one of the globe’s best-selling artists.
In 2010, Shakira released “Waka Waka,” the official theme song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. While filming the song’s music video, she met Gerard Pique, a Spanish center back for the Spanish National Team and F.C. Barcelona. The couple is 10 years apart and they have two children together.
Sofia Balbi and Luis Suarez
Notorious flopper, diver, and biter Luis Suarez, the talented forward for F.C. Barcelona, married his longtime girlfriend Sofia Balbi back in 2009. The two met while back in Uruguay at the young age of 15. Apparently, Balbi was bitten by the love bug that is Suarez and was infected with affection.
In 2003, Balbi and her family moved to Barcelona, motivating Suarez to take his ridiculous act overseas as well. At 19, Suarez signed with Dutch club Groningen, a move that allowed him to be closer to his one true love. After bouncing through the Dutch leagues, Suarez made it to the English Premier League before signing with Barcelona in 2014. The couple has three children.
Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson
Is there an NBA player or athlete the Kardashian family hasn’t dated? Tristan Thompson was not the No.1 draft pick of Khloe Kardashian; he was a late fill in. Khloe Kardashian got her first taste of dating an NBA player back in 2009 when she married former Lakers player Lamar Odom, whom she married one month after meeting him at a party.