Sports stars overshadowed by their more famous wags including Gerard Pique, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Tom Brady – The SunDecember 25, 2021
THESE fellas may be adored by millions for their sporting prowess, but they're not as famous as the missus.
Gerard Pique, Tom Brady and more have all had to play second fiddle while their significant others take the limelight.
But they aren't the only ones who have had to let their other halves wear the trousers in the fame game.
Gerard Pique and Shakira
He's got La Liga and Champions League titles and is even a World Cup winner with Spain.
But Pique, 34, STILL isn't as famous as the Colombian singer Shakira, who once asked us not to confuse her breasts with mountains.
Her fame dwarfs his, and with over 70 million album sales to boot she is recognised the world over.
Shakira, 44, even crossed over to the football world by releasing the 2010 World Cup song 'Waka Waka (This Time for Africa).
To date, it's the biggest selling World Cup song of all time – shifting over 10 million copies.
Scott Sinclair and Helen Flanagan
Flanagan, 31, is best known for playing Rosie Webster in Coronation Street, and is considerably more famous than footballer Scott.
She's shot glamorous shoots that have appeared on these here pages and starred in I'm a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here in 2012.
Gorgeous Flanagan's partner Scott, 32, suffered in the wilderness at Man City, but is now turning out at Preston North End after starring in Scotland with Celtic.
The pair, who aren't married, have three children together, Matilda, Charlie and Delilah.
However, Helen isn't planning anymore
Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen
In America, where 'football' is king, Tom Brady, 44, is the goldenboy among sports fans.
However, his missus Gisele, 41, must wear the trousers in their relationship, and long ones at that, because she's the highest earning supermodel EVER.
For nearly 20-years she's sat top of the tree, regularly earning around £25 million per annum as she strutted along catwalks for donkeys.
Her net worth is estimated at around £270m, while ex-New England Patriots quarterback is £100m behind her in the earning stakes.
And the money keeps rolling in for Gisele, who has just scored a major campaign for Versace.
Perrie Edwards and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
The Ox may have secured a big £35m transfer to Liverpool, but it still didn't make him more famous than his Little Mix girlfriend.
In fact, Alex, 28, only made the showbiz columns when he started dating Perrie, who was a regular in gossip pages around the world.
Little Mix are successful around the globe, regularly appearing on chat shows in countries including the States and are the biggest selling girl group since the Spice Girls.
But they are taking a break in 2022 to concentrate on parenthood.
Edwards and Alex welcomed a son, Axel this year.
Geri Halliwell and Christian Horner
To this day the Spice Girls are recognised as the pioneers of 'Girl Power' and are still fondly remembered.
At the forefront of all they did was 'Ginger Spice' when they burst onto the scene in the 90s.
Red Bull team principal Christian, 48, prefers to take a back seat, going about his business quietly in Formula One, although he tasted success with Max Verstappen and was thrust more into the limelight.
The pair married in 2015, and have a son together called Montague.
But you can't argue Geri is the more famous of the two, and was evidenced at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix when cameras focused on her celebrating Red Bull's famous win.
Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Andre Gray
Another Little Mix star, Pinnock, 30, has dated Watford star Andre Gray, also 30, since 2016 after they met in Marbella.
The pair got engaged back in May, then months later they announced the birth of twins.
Before that, they were a regular on the party circuit, with Gray joining Pinnock at events including the Brit Awards.
And they're not shy to shower each other with expensive gifts – with the footballer gifting his glam partner a £95,000 Mercedes-Benz G-Class for her birthday back in October.
Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall
Zara is royalty… you can't get more famous than that. Plus, she's 16th in line for the throne.
And despite the fact Mike, 43, captained the England rugby, and was a member of their 2003 World Cup winning squad, he's simply not as well known.
Zara, 40, was something of a socialite over the years, partying with cousins Prince William and Prince Harry.
But her own sporting achievements can never be forgotten.
In 2006 she won the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year, just like her mum Princess Anne did in 1971.
However, her crowning glory came at the 2012 Olympics when she won a silver medal as a member of the Great Britain Eventing Team.
And who didn't make it, but their female partner was more famous…
Elizabeth Hurley and Shane Warne
Cricket may be popular, and Shane, 52, may have transcended his sport, but Liz was/is a Hollywood star.
She still holds a contract with make-up giants Estee Lauder and is the lead in The Royals.
On top of that, the moment she posts a picture in a bikini looking fab on Instagram, we all jump to attention.
Her glittering film career has also seen her appear in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and Bedazzled.
Shane and Elizabeth, 56, were engaged for three years, before going their separate ways.
Cheryl Tweedy and Ashley Cole
Before Chezza, Ashley, 41, was just a full-back for Arsenal and England.
She was a singer in Girls Aloud, who were topping the charts and won the hearts of the nation when she appeared on Popstars: The Rivals.
They became the glamour couple, attending premieres and swanky parties mostly because of her fame.
He wouldn't have got a look-in if he wasn't with her, and they married in 2006 in a glitzy wedding that was splashed across an entertainment mag.
However, it all turned sour when under a barrage of cheating claims they parted company just four years later.
Since then, Ashley quit football and is now coaching at Chelsea.
Cheryl, 38, is at a crossroads with her pop career after being reportedly ditched by her label.
And here's two couples we just couldn't split…
David Beckham and Victoria Beckham
Posh and Becks are still both mega successful.
It could've been argued that when they first began dating back in 1997, she was the more famous being a Spice Girl.
However, as a joint brand they've elevated each other into a status where they both generate lots of column inches.
Becks, 46, still reportedly pulls in around £50,000-a-day for various advertisement deals and fashion contracts.
While 47-year-old Victoria's fashion label is highly thought of, regularly worn by Hollywood stars on red carpets around the world.
Their joint worth is said to be valued at more than the Queen – with over £500m in the bank. Viva Brand Beckham.
Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf
Both Grand Slam winners, both former number ones, on the court these two were incredible.
Steffi is the third most successful tennis player of all time, landing 22 major titles over a glittering 17-year career.
Wimbledon crowd favourite Andre, 51, won 8 Grand Slam titles, as well as a Olympic gold medal in 1996.
In terms of career earnings, Andre just shaded his wife. He won around £22m and she scored an estimated £16m.
Andre and Steffi, 52, began dating in 1999, shortly after the 1999 French Open.
They married in 2001 in a private ceremony, have two children together and live happily together in Las Vegas.
It could be because they're on an even keel.
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