When Spanish defender Gerard Pique was starting his career at Manchester United he had a fling with Welsh beauty Lisa Lazarus.
Lisa went on to represent the UK at Miss Universe 2008, while Gerard is hoping to become a world champion when Spain take on Holland in the World Cup final.
Let’s find out more about Lisa to see if she can inspire Gerard to success.
Lisa studied Diagnostic Radiography at Hertfordshire but did not complete the course.
Pique spent his late teens learning about soccer at Manchester United.
Interestingly for a student of science, Lisa’s mother is involved in the very unscientific charade of psychic prediction.
Pique’s Spain was correctly predicted by Paul the Octopus as the winner of the semi-final clash with Germany.
Personally, I don’t think Paul is psychic, I think he just knew that Germany’s counter-attacking game couldn’t prevail against a team that rarely gives the ball away.
Lisa represented the UK at the 2008 Miss Universe beauty competition. However, she failed to make the top 15 and didn’t take either of the special awards for Miss Congeniality or Best National Costume.
Let’s hope Pique has more success in his bid for a world title.
Lisa and Pique broke up when the player transferred to his hometown club of Barcelona.
According to Lisa, they have remained friends.
Lisa is exploring the world of acting and appeared in her first feature, an Indian movie called Veer where she starred alongside Bollywood superstar Salman Khan.
Lisa says she has a thing for tall men and at 6’3” Pique certainly fits that category.
I wonder if Lisa is envious of Abigail Clancy, pictured on the left, who is engaged to 6’7” England striker Peter Crouch.
Lisa says that she is interested in the use of radiation to treat cancer patients, which is a far more specific ambition than the generic world peace that most beauty queens wish for.