World Cup: WAGs to riches - The business of being perfect世界杯:太太團到財富 - 的完善等業務

 

By Sheena McKenzie, for CNN
June 18, 2014 -- Updated 0955 GMT (1755 HKT)

 

Their incomes might be huge, but so are the expectations placed on the wives and girlfriends of famous footballers -- dubbed "WAGs" by the British tabloids. Victoria Beckham was already a successful Spice Girl before she married England player David in 1999. Their incomes might be huge, but so are the expectations placed on the wives and girlfriends of famous footballers -- dubbed "WAGs" by the British tabloids. Victoria Beckham was already a successful Spice Girl before she married England player David in 1999.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Secret world of a 'WAG' -- wives and girlfriends of football players
  • Under huge pressure to be "perfect" Barbie doll partners
  • Some women more successful than their sports star beaus
  • Is being a 'WAG' seen as a career move for some girls?

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(CNN) -- Eye-popping physiques, multimillion dollar incomes, celebrity status -- and that's just the women.

When you're dating one of the top footballers on the planet, the pressure to be "perfect" is huge.

In football's answer to Hollywood, media scrutiny of elite players is fierce. And the paparazzi is just as hungry for images of their wives and girlfriends -- dubbed "WAGs" by the British tabloids.

Lenses are snapped with even more ferocity during the World Cup, as Nancy Dell'Olio, former partner to ex-England team managerSven-Goran Eriksson, found out to her cost.

"It is quite sexist and in many cases really not quite fair, the way they were looking at partners," said the glamorous 52-year-old American-Italian lawyer, in her lilting European accent.

"It was quite intrusive, and that was independent of my will," added Dell'Olio, who for almost a decade watched her high-profile relationship play out across the front and back pages of the press.

"But when you are next to a personality so important in football you become absorbed in that role."

As with all social groups, there was a WAG hierarchy.

"There's a difference between if you are the partner of the manager, than if you are the partner of a footballer," says Dell'Olio in between sips of ginger tea, at London's swank member's only Club at the Ivy.

"It was always 'Nancy Dell'Olio plus any other of what you might call WAGs,'" she adds with a raised eyebrow. "So in this way I was quite distinctive, I was never part of that world."

She's got the look

It's a world of glossy women with shopping habits as expensive as their bodies, if you believe the stereotypes splashed across celebrity magazines.

In truth, partners face enormous pressures to live up to Barbie doll ideals of beauty.

"No one wants to be the ugly WAG," says author and newspaper columnist "The Secret WAG," wife of an England player who has kept her identity a mystery, while revealing the inner workings of her lavish lifestyle.

"We're put under so much pressure to look as perfect as we can. We're all striving to be the thinnest, the prettiest, the one with the nicest hair."

Picture perfect: Lionel Messi's girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo greets him on the pitch with their son.
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The relentless drive for perfection comes from a fear of "being traded in for a newer model" when temptation beckons, she says.

"Mostly it's our own personal insecurities, because you know footballers don't have great reputations. There's so many kiss-and-tell stories in the newspapers, and we all live in fear that this is going to happen to us.

"Footballers today aren't just guys who kick a ball about. They're celebrities. They're dating supermodels, actresses.

"For us normal girls who don't have careers in the public eye, it's a massive pressure to live up to."

Power couple

That's not to say the partners of footballers are simply pretty accessories -- in some cases, they're even more famous than their sporting beaus.

Footballers today aren't just guys who kick a ball about. They're celebrities.
The Secret WAG

Victoria Beckham and Shakira needn't rely on high-profile lovers David Beckham and Gerard Pique for their own successful music careers.

Though it does help.

"Coleen Rooney's book has sold more copies than her husband Wayne's," said Alison Kervin, sports editor of British newspaper the Mail on Sunday, and author of"WAGs at the World Cup."

"It's a really interesting phenomenon to get your head around, because she's only famous because she's going out with a successful England footballer."

Cinderella story?

With top players earning over $70 million a year, dating one can be an instant ticket to fame and fortune.

"A footballer could take you from a world where you're living a basic existence in social housing, to living in a multimillion dollar mansion and traveling the world," says Kervin.

"It has a Cinderella quality to it, and I think that's what we find so appealing."

Already a successful property lawyer in Italy by the time she met Eriksson, Dell'Olio's is hardly a rags to riches tale.

But since dating the Swede, she has become a British celebrity in her own right, hosting TV program "Footballers Cribs," appearing on "Strictly Come Dancing," and soon to perform her own stand-up show at Edinburgh's Fringe Festival.

Lawyer Nancy Dell'Olio, former girlfriend of England team manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, has carved a career on TV.
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She admits the relationship "probably did help" raise her public profile.

"But it's not the only thing," says the immaculate entrepreneur in stylish lemon two-piece skirt suit, her raven hair loosely piled high.

As for the suggestion women pursue footballers as a career move -- Dell'Olio's eyes open wide in horror.

"I find it ridiculous this opinion," she says haughtily, her earrings jangling in agreement.

"And negative, because there's a lot of jealousy involved probably. But it's a little bit stupid, if you don't mind me saying.

"Of course it's only about love. Every couple together, it should be love."

Give and take

Dating a footballer is not a relationship for the fainthearted, with women beholden to clubs just as much as their men.

Of course it's only about love. Every couple together, it should be love
Nancy Dell'Olio

If that means abstaining in the bedroom before big matches, then so be it. "It's really unfair," says "The Secret WAG."

"My whole life has kind of been following my husband around, you have to up and leave countless times when he moves clubs.

"I spent many years studying and I've never been in a situation where I could put all those years to good use.

" I feel as though I'm constantly living in the shadow of my husband, and it took a lot of adjustment to accept that."

British phenomenon?

Nowhere is the spotlight so intense on footballer's private lives then in the UK -- "this is the country of gossip," says Dell'Olio.

The word "WAG" was dreamed up by the British tabloids during the 2006 World Cup, and has since made its way into the Oxford Dictionary.

At the time, just as much column space was dedicated to Victoria Beckham and Cheryl Cole's shopping sprees, as England's lackluster performance in Germany eight years ago.

Cheryl Cole and Victoria Beckham watch the game in 2006.
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"I think it was a mixture of England not doing particularly well, so there was nothing much to report on, and the girls just out partying," says Kervin.

"You can be very critical of these women and you can analyze what happened to feminism, but the bottom line is, they seem to be having a bloody good time."

Glamorous as these women may seem, ultimately they are just "normal people trying to be the best mothers and wives they can," says the "Secret WAG."

Normal people, that is, with exceptional lives.

 

 

2014年6月18日 - 更新0955 GMT(1755 HKT)
他們的收入可能是巨大的,而且還有放在著名足球運動員的妻子和女朋友的期望 - 被英國小報稱為“太太團”。 維多利亞·貝克漢姆已經是一個成功的辣妹之前,她在1999年嫁給英格蘭球員大衛。他們的收入可能是巨大的,而且還有放在著名足球運動員的妻子和女朋友的期望 - 被英國小報稱為“太太團”。維多利亞·貝克漢姆已經是一個成功的辣妹之前,她在1999年嫁給英格蘭球員大衛。
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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故事突出
  • 足球運動員的妻子和女朋友 - 一個“WAG”秘密世界
  • 在巨大的壓力是“完美”芭比娃娃的合作夥伴
  • 有些婦女比他們的體育明星beaus更成功
  • 被一個“WAG”看作是職業生涯的舉動有些女孩子?

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(CNN) -令人瞠目的體質,數百萬美元的收入,名人的地位-而這僅僅是個女人。

當你約會一個在這個星球上的頂級球星的,是“完美”的壓力是巨大的。

在足球場上的回答到好萊塢,精英玩家的媒體聚焦很激烈。和狗仔隊是一樣渴望自己的妻子和女朋友的照片 - 被英國小報稱為“太太團”。

鏡頭是在世界杯期間搶購,甚至更加兇猛,因為南希Dell'Olio,前任合夥人前英格蘭隊經理埃里克森,發現了她的費用。

“這是相當性別歧視,而且在許多情況下,確實不太公平,他們在尋找合作夥伴時的樣子,說:”迷人的52歲的美國和意大利的律師,在她輕快的歐洲口音。

“這是相當侵入性的,而且是獨立於我的意志,補充說:”Dell'Olio,誰近十年看著她高調的關係發揮出整個新聞界的正面和背面的網頁。

“但是,當你旁邊的人如此重要的足球你成為吸收的作用。”

如同所有的社會群體,有一個WAG層次。

“還有,如果你是經理的​​合作夥伴,比如果你是一個足球運動員的合作夥伴之間的差別,”Dell'Olio說,在生薑茶啜飲間,在倫敦的斯旺克會員在常春藤只有俱樂部。

“它總是'南希Dell'Olio加任何其它你可能會叫太太團的,”她補充道與臭屁。“因此,在這種方式,我是很有特色,我從來沒有那個世界的一部分。”

她得到了看看

它的光澤女性的購物習慣,他們的身體一樣貴的世界,如果你相信定型跨名人雜誌濺。

事實上,合作夥伴面臨著巨大的壓力,不辜負美女芭比娃娃的理想。

“沒有人願意被這個奇醜WAG,說:” 作家和報紙專欄作家“秘密WAG,”英格蘭隊球員誰一直保持她的身份是個謎的妻子,同時又揭示了她奢侈的生活方式的內部運作。

“我們下這麼大的壓力,看起來完美的把它作為我們,我們都努力成為最薄,最漂亮的,一個與最好的頭髮。”

完美的圖片:梅西的女友安東內拉Roccuzzo迎接他與他們的兒子在球場。
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無情的驅動器完美來自於恐懼“正在交易中的一個新的模式”,當誘惑的召喚,她說。

“主要是它是我們自己的個人的不安全感,因為你知道足球不是有很大的聲譽。有這麼多的報紙吻和,講故事,我們都生活在恐懼之中,這是將要發生在我們身上。

“足球今天不只是球員誰踢一個球的左右,他們是名人,他們正在約會超級名模,女演員。

“對於誰沒有職業在公眾的視線我們正常的女孩,這是一個巨大的壓力,不辜負。”

電力夫婦

這並不是說,足球的合作夥伴是非常簡單的配飾 - 在某些情況下,他們甚至比他們的體育beaus更加出名。

今天的足球不只是球員誰踢一個球左右。他們是名人。秘密WAG

維多利亞·貝克漢姆和夏奇拉不必依靠高調愛好者大衛·貝克漢姆和皮克為自己成功的音樂事業。

雖然它確實幫助。

“科琳魯尼的書已經賣出了更多比她的丈夫韋恩的,說:”艾莉森Kervin,英國報紙郵件的運動上週日編輯和作者“太太團在世界杯上。”

“這是一個非常有趣的現象,讓你的頭部周圍,因為她是唯一有名的,因為她要和一個成功的英格蘭足球運動員。”

灰姑娘的故事嗎?

與頂級球員收入超過7,000萬元一年,約會一個可以為即開型彩票名利。

“一名足球運動員可以帶你從那裡你生活在一個基本生存的社會住房,生活在一個數百萬美元的豪宅,並周遊世界的世界,”Kervin說。

“它有一個灰姑娘質量的微博,我認為這就是我們找到這麼有吸引力。”

已經是一個成功的房地產律師在意大利她遇到了埃里克森的時候,Dell'Olio的是幾乎沒有一個平民富翁的故事。

但是,由於約會的瑞典人,她已經成為她自己的權利,主持電視節目是英國名人“足球嬰兒床,”出現在“舞動奇蹟”,並很快履行了自己站立的展示在愛丁堡藝穗節。

律師南希Dell'Olio,英格蘭隊經理埃里克森的前女友,已經刻了職業生涯在電視上。
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她承認的關係“,大概幫”提高她的公眾形象。

“但它不是唯一的東西,說:”在時尚的檸檬兩件西裝套裙的完美無暇的企業家,她烏黑的頭髮鬆散地堆高。

至於建議女性追求的足球運動員作為一個職業生涯的舉動 - Dell'Olio的眼睛驚恐地圓睜。

“我覺得很可笑這個意見,”她說傲慢,她的耳環啷一致。

“和消極的,因為有很多的嫉妒可能參與,但它是一個有點傻,如果你不介意我這麼說。

“當然,這只是關於愛情,每對夫婦一起,它應該是愛。”

付出與收穫

約會的足球運動員是不是為懦弱者準備的關係,婦女感激俱樂部絲毫不亞於自己的男人。

當然,這只是關於愛情。每對夫婦一起,它應該是愛南希Dell'Olio

如果這意味著棄權重大比賽前的臥室,那就這樣吧。“這真是不公平的,”“秘密WAG。”說

“之​​類的我的整個生活一直圍繞以下我的丈夫,你必須起身離開了無數次,當他移動的俱樂部。

“我花了很多時間研究,我從來沒有在一個情況下我可以把這些年來很好地利用。

“我覺得好像我經常住在我丈夫的影子,花了很大的調整,以接受。”

英國的現象呢?

無處是聚光燈球員的私生活如此激烈然後在英國 - “這是八卦的國家,”Dell'Olio說。

這個詞“WAG”是在2006年世界杯期間,夢見了由英國小報,並從此做它的方式進入牛津詞典。

當時,同樣多的列空間是獻給維多利亞·貝克漢姆和謝麗爾·科爾的購物熱潮,作為英格蘭隊的表現乏善可陳,德國八年前。

謝麗爾·科爾和維多利亞貝克漢姆觀看比賽於2006年。
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“我認為這是英格蘭沒有做特別的混合物,所以沒有什麼好報告,和女孩們都在外面聚會,”Kervin說。

“你可以非常關鍵的這些婦女中,你可以分析發生了什麼女權主義,但底線是,他們似乎有一個血淋淋的好時機。”

魅力四射,因為這些婦女可能看起來,最終也只是“正常的人想成為最好的母親和妻子,他們可以”的“秘密WAG。”說

正常的人,也就是具有卓越的生活。

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