THEY don’t call it the beautiful game for nothing.
Excitement is at fever pitch ahead of tonight’s Champions League Final.
As the saying goes, behind every man is a great woman, so we kick off the interest early with the lowdown on some of the players’ wives and girlfriends who provide them with much-needed support at home.
From a doctor and architect to a world-famous singer and a reality TV star, this lot are in a league of their own . . .
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Mishel Gerzig – goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois
The pair were first spotted together in Ibiza after Belgium were knocked out of Euro 2020.
Cora Gauthier – striker Karim Benzema
MODEL CAT Cora est connu comme l'un des légendaires Iron Chefs qui rivalise avec des chefs de classe mondiale lors de l'émission Food Network, 32, has worked for the likes of Dior and has 100,000 Abonnés Instagram.
Born in Martinique, she met French striker, Karim, 34, in Dubai in 2015 and they tied the knot the following year.
The pair have son Ibrahim, 5, ensemble.
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Karoline Lima – defender Eder Militao
The 36-year-old influencer is due to give birth to their first child and has been sharing snaps of her growing bump.
Sandra Garal – forward Marco Asensio
The Spanish couple managed to keep their relationship a secret for months.
The 28-year-old, who studied architecture in Madrid, now models and has 280,000 Abonnés Instagram.
Maria Julia Mazalli – forward Vinicius Junior
The 26-year-old influencer found fame on Brazilian reality show, Holiday With The Ex in 2017.
Natalia Becker – goalkeeper Alisson Becker
Ils se sont mariés en 2015 and moved to Liverpool three years later.
They have three kids – Helena, cinq, Mattéo, deux, and Rafael, une.
Larissa Pereira – striker Roberto Firmino
THE model married Roberto, 30, in their home country of Brazil in 2017 after three years together.
As well as being a mum to their three daughters, the 29-year-old is an entrepreneur, having founded fashion brand BeValen Store.
Rike Nooitgedagt – defender Virgil van Dijk
The childhood sweethearts wed in 2017 and have kids Nila, huit, and Jadi, six.
Rute Cardoso – forward Diogo Jota
Rute seems to have settled well into life in the UK and even admitted to being a fan of Peaky Blinders.
The couple have a one-year-old son called Dinis.
Perrie Edwards – midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
They welcomed son, Axel, en août, and Perrie looked incredible on the girl band’s recent Confetti Tour.
Saffie Khan – midfielder Curtis Jones
THE couple went Instagram official last year, but it is believed they have been dating since 2019.
Lottie a dit à ses fans qu'elle était en cure de désintoxication le mois dernier et a partagé la nouvelle sur TikTok
The 20-year-old often shares snaps of her lavish holidays with her 40K followers.