Unlike typical footballers’ wives, Muslim footballers WAGs usually stay away from any form of social media and doesn't sit for interviews. Down are some of the top stunning wags of Muslim footballers.
We always see the performances of football players on the pitch, but we know little about what happens behind the scenes. These well-known football players receive great support from their wives and life partners, which plays a major role in their success.
However, some high-profile football spouses and partners who use any form of social media are not afraid of risking their husband’s reputation and ruining their career.
First, let’s have a brief review of the term WAGs (or wags), which is an acronym used to refer to wives and girlfriends of high-profile sportspersons. The term and its use has been described as demeaning to women and sexist.
It was first used by the British tabloid press to refer to the wives and girlfriends of high-profile footballers, originally the England national football team.
The term came into common use during the 2006 FIFA World Cup, although it had been used occasionally before that.
The acronym has since been used by the media in other countries to describe the female partners of sportspeople in general.
Some people criticized the term as sexist and stated that it could be offensive, as it was often used to demean women; however, others have reflected this view.
Muslim WAGs try to stay away from any form of social media but that doesn't mean they are not worthy of fans’ attention.
The first Muslim footballer’s WAG is Magi Sadeq (or Sadiq) who was born in Nagrig, a village in Gharbia, Egypt, in 1994, the same town Mohamed Salah was born in.
Her parents taught at the ‘Mohamed Eyad Al-Tantawi School’ in Egypt. Both Magi and Mo Salah were students there.
She had four sisters: her twin sister, Mohab, and two other younger sisters, Miram and Mahy.
Magi attended a high school in Basyoun, Egypt. Although, some claim that Magi has a bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology, the twin sisters earned a bachelor’s degree from the Faculty of Commerce in Alexandria.
Mohamed Salah and Magi have been married since 2013. Thousands of guests were reported to have attended the Muslim ceremony in Nagrig, Egypt.
They have a daughter named Makka, named in honor of the holy city Mecca.
The couple met as teenagers at school in Basion Gharbia. Not much is known about Magi as she does not sit for any interviews.
In spite of the fact that she rarely makes public appearances, Magi has been seen with Salah and her daughter on the pitch at Anfield a few times.
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Cora Gauthier who was born on April 11, 1989, in Martinique France, is a model who first met Karim Benzema in Dubai in December 2015. They started dating not long after that. According to reports, Gauthier works with small clothing industries/stylists.
Gauthier is originally from Martinique but she lived in England. She and Benzema have become inseparable since the day they met. Things moved fast between the two, and on May 5, 2017, Cora gave birth to their son Ibrahim.
Benzema has been linked to a number of ladies and relationships. It is not clear who the mother of his daughter Mélia, born on 3 February 2014, is but his son Ibrahim, born on 5 May 2017, was reportedly given birth to by his girlfriend, Gauthier.
It is hard to say if Cora is a big fan of football. Probably not, but she reportedly supported Karim during Champions League finale by sitting close to Marcelo’s family.
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Real Madrid striker used to be very close with pop star Rihanna. Back in 2015, Benzema and Rihanna were spotted hanging out quite a lot on several occasions and the rumors spread that they were dating.
Reporters caught up with the French striker at the time to quiz him about the nature of his relationship with Rihanna, but Benzema stayed tight lipped.
Later, Rihanna broke up with Karim Benzema. Rather than being because of any difficulties or problems between the singer and the footballer, Rihanna was reportedly still hung up with Chris Brown at the time.
Rihanna loved Karim, and she had a lot of fun with him, but she told him she did not want to break his heart, and she confessed that she’ll always love Chris Brown.
Rihanna said it was difficult to compete. Finally, Real Madrid hitman, Karim Benzema and famous pop-singer Robyn Rihanna broke up because of some alleged reasons that was not revealed.
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Amine Gülşe, born 30 April 1993, is a Turkish and Swedish actress, model, and beauty pageant titleholder born and raised in Sweden. She was crowned Miss Turkey 2014 and represented her country at the Miss World 2014 pageant.
Her engagement to German footballer Mesut Özil was announced in January 2019. The pair were married in Istanbul in June 2019.
In March 2020, the couple confirmed the birth of their first child. Ozil Posted a photo on his Instagram captioning a family photo, “Thank God our daughter Eda was born healthy. God willing us to be a good son to his environment and all humanity.”
Gülşe won Miss Turkey 2014 and was crowned as Miss World Turkey. The Miss Turkey pageant for 2014 was held at the Star TV Studios in Istanbul on 27 May. After a year, she crowned Ecem Cirpan as her successor. Amine competed at Miss World 2014 but did not place in the finals.
There have been moments of panic during Gulse's pregnancy given she was three months pregnant when herself, Ozil and Arsenal teammate Sead Kolasinac were targeted by armed robbers in their car in London.
Paul Pogba met Maria Zulay Salaues back in August 2017. The Bolivian beauty, born in 1996, was first spotted with Pogba in Los Angeles in 2017. She lived in the United States.
Salaues migrated to California and started to work as a real estate agent but later she quit it to pursue a modelling career.
Maria sparked speculation that the pair were engaged by wearing a huge ring while sitting with the Frenchman's mum Yeo in the stands during last year's World Cup in Russia.
Pogba had also a ring clearly visible as he and Maria arrived on the red carpet for United's player of the season awards.
Salaues was also spotted in Russia watching France's World Cup games throughout the tournament, often seated with Pogba's mum.
In general, the couple prefer to keep their private life away from paparazzi as Salaues did not even emerge as the midfielder's girlfriend until the World Cup, when she supported Pogba on his way to winning the World Cup.
Manchester United legend, Bryan Robson, mistakenly revealed the birth of their child by congratulating the new dad!
Pogba named his son Labile Shakur to pay tribute to the legend of US rap, Tupac Shakur who was assassinated on September 13, 1996 in Las Vegas.
Rita Johal, born on 21 August 1992, is originally from Gravesend, Kent, England. Rita Johal is a model and an Instagram influencer. She is widely known as the wife of Premier League star Riyad Mahrez.
Mahrez married his English girlfriend in 2015. Rita is a stunning model who has drawn comparisons of celebrity Kim Kardashian in the past.
Rita tied the knot with her husband Riyad and only a few friends and family members were invited to the wedding ceremony. They welcomed their first daughter, Inanya in 2015.
Mahrez and his wife were reported to have a second daughter, thought to be born in late 2016, but whose name is not known.
Johal’s religion is Islam just like her husband even though their nationality is different.
Rita and Riyad had dated for five months before exchanging their wedding vows in 2015. Later, they got married in a secret ceremony. The couple has two daughters together.
As the most controversial Muslim WAG, Rita Johal has been outraged by the crowd after filming a video, driving on a highway with her feet on the dashboard!
The video spread very quickly on social networking sites. It showed Rita Johal smiling in the camera with her self-driving car, according to the reports.
The video was posted on the social network Instagram, and Mehrez's wife was widely criticized after the video was posted.
After four years of married life, Mahrez started to date RHOC star Dawn Ward's daughter Taylor after splitting from his ex-model wife Rita.
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Younes Belhanda, born 25 February 1990, is a French-born Moroccan professional footballer who plays for Galatasaray and the Morocco national team.
Amal Belhanda was born in France, so she holds French nationality. Growing up in a Muslim family, she is considered to be a practicing Muslim.
Amal Belhanda and Younes Belhanda tied the knot in a small and private nuptial. Amal and Younes are happily continuing their married life by clearing out all the false things and spreading goodness in their relationship.
The couple share two adorable children, Muhammad Belhanda and Nur Belhanda. Their daughter's name was taken after the name of Amal’s mother, and their son's name was taken after the namer of Younes' father, Mohamed Belhanda.
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Tugba Emeni is the wife of Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin. The couple have a child together, a son named Ömer, born in September 2011 in Madrid. Nuri confirmed the joyful news via Twitter in four different languages.
Tugba is one year younger than his 32-year-old husband. They were engaged for 10 months before their wedding which took place in October 2007.
The wedding was held in Düsseldorf Hilton hotel and over 370 guests attended, among them were Mesut Ozil and Hamit Altintop.
In September 2011, she gave birth to their son, Ömer, in Madrid.
Nuri’s goal celebration is forming a heart shape with his hands and said his wife Tugba was very surprised when he first did it.
“I do it because I’m very happy with her and it’s been exactly the right step to marry her.”
Despite the fact that Tugba tries to stay away of the spotlight as other Muslim WAGs, she attended Borussia Dortmund games and celebration dinners.
Tugba and Nuri are cousins! Many people oppose to this kind of marriage, but these two are very happy together and are now such a cute family with their baby.
Şahin is fluent in five languages: Turkish, German, English, Dutch, and Spanish. In April 2018, Şahin enrolled at Harvard Business School.
Amra Silajdzic-Dzeko, born on 1 October 1984, is a Bosnian model and actress. She has appeared in music videos by recording artists for Enrique Iglesias and Taio Cruz and made her movie debut in 2011.
She has been in a relationship with Bosnian footballer Edin Dzeko since 2011. On 2 February 2016, they became parents of a baby girl named Una. On 9 September 2017, their second child was born in Rome, a baby boy named Dani.
The couple met in 2011 when the center forward began life at the Etihad and three years later, they got married.
Emre Can has been in a happy relationship with stunning Maria Cataleya for a number of years. The gorgeous blonde Maria, was born on September 17, 1993.
The couple met several years ago and started dating since 2013. They like to keep their relationship under wraps and away from the media limelight, but once in a while they do let things slip.
Cataleya is not only a natural beauty but also has various skills, Maria Cataleya speaks German and English.
Maria seems to enjoy an out of the spotlight life, though Emre often shares pictures of the couple hanging out.