World Cup 2014: Shakira, Irina Shayk, Sara Carbonero lead international wives and girlfriends pack

The 2014 FIFA World Cup starts on Thursday and 32 countries from across the world will be competing for the World Cup Trophy, also known as the Jules Rimet.

Supporters around the world - from England to Spain, the United States and Italy, Argentina to home country Brazil - will be eagerly watching their favourite teams progress throughout the championship, but at HELLO! Online, we've found some of the world's footballers equally successful partners.

From international popstars to model and journalists, take a look at 15 of our favourite wives and girlfriends from across the globe...