Get World Cup Ready: The 10 Most Popular Footballers and WAGs to Follow on Twitter

06/11/2014 at 09:30 AM EDT

Cristiano Ronaldo and other Footballers and WAGs to Follow for the World Cup
From left: Shakira with Gerard Piqué, and Cristiano Ronaldo with Irina Shayk
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Get ready to yell "Gooooooal." The FIFA World Cup is near.

After four years of waiting, the global soccer competition returns, kicking off on June 12 in the host country of Brazil. By July 13, one nation will be able to call itself home to the best footballers in the world.

There is still time to acquaint yourself with the finer points of the sport (helmets and touchdowns are so American football) before the World Cup's final match. Fans can use the official hashtags #WorldCup and #Brazil2014 to get updates on all the on-field action, and follow their home country's team – like @ussoccer – for more patriotic postings.



Remember, soccer isn't just about Posh and Becks anymore. One of the best ways to keep up with current World Cup politics and personalities is straight from the competing players and their wives and girlfriends – or WAGs.

Familiarize yourself now by following these popular World Cup players and their WAGs on Twitter.

The Players

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

World Cup Team: Portugal
Twitter Handle: @cristiano
Followers: 26.6 Million
What to Expect: Portugal pride, lots of products, seductive selfies

2. Neymar Júnior

World Cup Team: Brazil
Twitter Handle: @neymarjr
Followers: 10.8 Million
What to Expect: Fan love, backwards hats, goofy grins

3. Wayne Rooney

World Cup Team: England
Twitter Handle: @WayneRooney
Followers: 8.81 Million
What to Expect: Family shots, adorable sportsmanship tweets, backstage access to concerts

4. Andrés Iniesta

World Cup Team: Spain
Twitter Handle: @andresiniesta8
Followers: 8.69 Million
What to Expect: Everything getting a thumbs-up, team bonding moments, travel updates

5. Gerard Piqué

World Cup Team: Spain
Twitter Handle: @3gerardpique
Followers: 8.48 Million
What to Expect: Proud husband posts on Shakira's success, silly pictures of his son, a stunning smile

The WAGs

1. Shakira

World Cup WAG Status: In a relationship and has a son with Gerard Piqué
Twitter Handle: @shakira
Followers: 25.5 Million
What to Expect: Football fandom, Voice fandom, baby fandom

2. Coleen Rooney

World Cup WAG Status: Married to and has two children with Wayne Rooney
Twitter Handle: @ColeenRoo
Followers: 1.21 Million
What to Expect: Kids galore, girls-night out candids, red-carpet-ready looks

3. Melissa Satta

World Cup WAG Status: Fiancée of Ghana player Kevin-Prince Boateng
Twitter Handle: @sattamelissa
Followers: 1.07 Million
What to Expect: Barely there bikinis, cuddly couple photos, behind-the-scenes modeling moments

4. Irina Shayk

World Cup WAG Status: Dating Cristiano Ronaldo
Twitter Handle: @theirishayk
Followers: 454K
What to Expect: Envy-inducing travel tweets, effortlessly glamorous portraits, joy in the little things

5. Billi Mucklow

World Cup WAG Status: Dating English player Andy Carroll
Twitter Handle: @BilliMucklow
Followers: 401K
What to Expect: Never-ending yoga pics, nutrition fads, plenty of partying

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