The Top 25 Wags of the Year (So Far)

Zack PumerantzAnalyst IIISeptember 15, 2011

The Top 25 Wags of the Year (So Far)

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    With every passing year, a new influx of women grace the stands of sports arenas and populate the minds of curious fans.

    While it's often difficult to keep track of all the comings and goings in the high-profile relationship world, these new WAGs have permanently cemented themselves in the upper echelon of fame.

    Some crafty WAG veterans have been lucky enough to stick around from the past, while others are flaunting their fresh appeal around the sports world.

    It's always refreshing to see new faces in the crowd, especially beautiful ones.

    Here are the top 25 WAGs of 2011.

    Enjoy.

25. Cristina De Pin

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    This sexy Playboy Italia playmate seems to be in deep thought, deciding what she needs to do to garner more attention.

    Fortunately for the WAG of Florentina footballer Riccardo Montolivo, all she has to do is show up.

    Clearly she understands the art of posing, which is key to becoming a well-known WAG.

    She's well on her way.

24. Kendra Wilkinson

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    While she may be known more for being one of Hugh Hefner's three girlfriends and her position in the Playboy Mansion, Kendra Wilkinson has steadily increased her reputation as an NFL WAG.

    Former NFL receiver Hank Baskett may have squandered his professional career with solid, yet unspectacular production, but he caught the biggest pass of his life in this glamour model.

    Put this one in the Baskett.

23. Jessica Simpson

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    Many fans blamed Jessica Simpson Tony Romo's poor performances while they were dating, specifically in the playoffs against the New York Giants the year the G-Men won the Super Bowl.

    But if Sunday night against the New York Jets was any indication, Simpson's not the problem. If anything, Dallas fans may wish they had Simpson's beauty gracing the stands while they struggle to keep calm.

    Since all the drama, Simpson and Romo have separated and moved on. Simpson is now engaged to free agent tight end Eric Johnson, who figured he had nothing to risk considering he hasn't played since 2008.

    It would be a worthy risk either way.

22. Jamie Lee Darley

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    It's quite refreshing to see a woman who hasn't clogged the WAG lists for centuries.

    English model Jamie Lee Darley certainly presents an intriguing possibility, having competed in the 2009 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Model Search.

    Engaged to American soccer player Sacha Kljestan, this beauty is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with.

21. Gisele Bundchen

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    There are fans who may despise Tom Brady, especially Miami Dolphins fans after he racked up 517 passing yards and four touchdowns against them, but nobody can deny the prosperity of his love life.

    Brady's wife, Gisele Bundchen, became one of the first Brazilian models to garner attention and successfully move up the chains of the modeling world.

    She was labeled "The Return of the Sexy Model" by Vogue magazine in 1999, and she was known to have ended the "heroin chic" modeling era.

    It doesn't get classier than that.

20. Malena Costa

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    Currently with Spanish footballer Carles Puyol, this Spanish super model loves to bask in the wealth, having previously dated a Spanish billionaire.

    Having appeared in FHM and the 2009 Larios Calendar, Malena Costa is beginning to realize how easily she can open up fans' eyes.

    Ignoring the camera is at the top of the list.

19. Abbey Clancy

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    Not only has this British lingerie model graced the the August 2011 cover of UK Esquire, but she was previously chosen to be in the 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

    Despite being the wife of England footballer Peter Crouch, Abbey Clancy has earned plenty of recognition on her own.

    She was ranked No. 10 in FHM's100 sexiest women in the world poll in 2010, and she's getting better with age.

    We like to call it experience.

18. Carmella DeCesare

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    Playboy's Miss April 2003 must have an affinity for quarterbacks who finish their careers in the UFL, as she is the wife of former NFL journeyman Jeff Garcia. 

    Perhaps journeyman is a misleading term, considering Garcia threw for 25,537 yards in his 11 years and 161 touchdowns (only 83 interceptions).

    Of Italian and Puerto Rican descent and a former WWE Diva, Carmella DeCesare is by far her husband's greatest score.

17. Alena Seredova

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    This Czech model was an early bloomer, starting her illustrious career at the tender age of 15.

    Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, with arguably the greatest name in soccer, took notice and married the beautiful runner-up of Miss Czech Republic 1998.

    Alena Seredova represented her country at Miss World 1998, placing a respectable fourth in the finals. This led to her being featured on the covers of Penthouse Europe, Playboy Europe, Spy, Extreme and Quo.

    Looking at her never gets old.

16. Yesica Toscanini

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    While nobody questions Argentine footballer Juan Roman Riquelme for dating this beautiful Argentinian fashion model, it is curious as to why he didn't approach illustrious fan Larissa Riquelme, as that seems like a match made in last-name heaven.

    With her appearances in the 2006 and 2007 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues, Yesica Toscanini has seemingly covered every spectrum of promotion.

    She was photographed for the cover of the Argentinian edition of Cosmopolitan, appeared in the 2006 Abercrombie & Fitch catalog and played Enrique Iglesias' high school sweetheart in his single "Do You Know?"

    Toscanini has only just begun.

15. Kelsi Reich

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    As fans know, Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders are consistently in the upper echelon of the sports world, attracting attention from even their most-hated rivals.

    However, seeing Kelsi Reich, once known as Derrick Holland's girlfriend, date Buffalo Bills wide receiver David Nelson causes fans to shake their heads.

    At least she kept him warm during the cold Sunday nights of a 4-12 season.

14. Kim Kardashian

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    Not only would this be the ideal birthday card, Kim Kardashian signed her name just in case you forgot who sent it.

    New Jersey Nets forward Kris Humphries feels like he's balling, receiving this treatment even when it's not his birthday from his famous-for-being-famous wife. 

    Although special occasions are the only time she will lift the cake on her own, let alone bake it.

    She undoubtedly has servants for that.

13. Irina Shayk

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    While this Russian model is well known for her 2007 through 2011 appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, she is quickly learning that dating footballer Cristiano Ronaldo garners the most attention.

    Allegedly meeting through their Armani Exchange campaigns, these two form a stellar power couple.

    But with Ronaldo, this can only last so long.

12. Alessia Ventura

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    Known as one of Europe's ageless wonders, Italian World Cup and UEFA Champions League-winning footballer Filippo Inzaghi found a hidden gem with this Italian beauty.

    Entrenched in a modeling career, Alessia Ventura found time to become the face of a sports talk show called Controcampo.

    She needs the 38-year-old striker to keep her in line.

11. Lisa Dergan Podsednik

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    With a degree in Art History, the capability to speak Japanese fluently and an affinity for golf, model and self-made sportscaster Lisa Dergan Podsednik seems destined for greatness.

    While being the wife of Philadelphia Phillies minor leaguer Scott Podsednik gets her on more than just a few WAG lists, it's her beauty and provocative swagger that gets fans excited for more.

    Her husband may be remembered by Milwaukee Brewers fans for leading MLB in stolen bases in 2004 with 70, but the rest of the sports world knows him for stealing this tough base.

10. Wendy Foster

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    The 2010 Hooters Girl of the Year winner makes MMA fighter Matt Hamill a very happy man. 

    Seemingly exiting the abyss of unknown commodities, Foster is sure to garner plenty of quick attention.

    Fans are surely wondering if Wendy Foster drinks Foster's.

9. Melissa Molinaro

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    It's no coincidence that Reggie Bush's recent girlfriend looks eerily similar to his ex, who he allegedly wanted back.

    However, Canadian pop singer Melissa Molinaro is a more improved, less overplayed version of the Armenian socialite.

    There are several reasons why he wants her back.

    While his career continues to snowball towards mediocrity, his love life continues to blossom.

8. Jennifer Walcott

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    While it's easy to see why this American glamour model and actress was chosen as Playboy's Playmate of the Month for August, 2001, it's not as clear as to how free agent NFL safety Adam Archuleta tackled this one.

    However, she's not all beauty, also having an affinity for poetry.

    One of her pieces of work won a statewide Reader's Digest contest.

    Well done Adam.

7. Danielle Lineker

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    Once known as Danielle Bux, this Welsh lingerie model is married to former English footballer Gary Lineker.

    After winning a place in the Miss Hawaiian Tropic contest at the age of 18, Bux began modeling, with patience leading to opportunities.

    After working as a stewardess for Virgin Atlantic, she got involved in lingerie modeling, and has since graced the covers of Maxim and Fabulous.

    It's safe to assume that Virgin Atlantic had the happiest travelers.

6. Dollicia Bryan

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    There is no computer graphic work done here, this is all Dollicia Bryan.

    While Darren Sharper is "one of da most hardest hittin safeties in da league," he may be most dangerous in his love life, as he attracted this beauty with his zealous swagger.

    But Greg Jennings clearly carried the team on his back and eluded the almost-unstoppable safety.

    Jennings was more than pleased, almost as much as fans are with this photo.

    She'd be higher on the list but rumor is she is about to leave athletes and join the WAG-friendly Kardashian Clan.

5. Soledad Fandino

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    This Argentine actress and model has the eyes to silence a crowd, and the body to manipulate any situation.

    While she has earned Clarin Award and Martin Fierro Award nominations for her role in the television series No hay 2 sin 3, it's her relationship with Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain that earns her recognition in the sports world.

    And her voluptuous stare.

4. Patrycja Mikula

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    This Playboy Cybergirl has not only worked with Grappling magazine, MMA Sports magazine and as a ring card girl for Ironheart Crown, but she dated mixed martial artist Andrei Arlovski and is now married to Chicago Fire soccer player Krzysztof Krol.

    The spelling may be difficult, but Patrycja Mikula makes it all worth it.

3. Adriana Lima

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    It was clear that this Brazilian model was destined for success after she won first place in Ford's "Supermodel of Brazil" competition at 15 years old.

    The wife of Serbian basketball player Marko Jaric, who last played in the NBA during the 2008-2009 season, Adriana Lima has ranked in the top five of Forbes' lists of 20 highest-earning models in the world since 2005.

    In 2008, Jaric proposed to Lima on her 27th birthday. "We're not getting any younger" would've surely worked.

2. Catalina White

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    This American glamour model, singer and former professional wrestler worked as a Maxim model and is in the process of recording a pop album, which will certainly have a breathtaking cover.

    Catalina White married WWE Wrestler Jake Hager in 2010.

    Hopefully her album is called "The Catalina Fine Mixer."

1. Aida Yespica

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    Once the girlfriend of footballer Matteo Ferrari, who she has a son with, Venezuelan beauty queen moved to Spain and is currently in a relationship with footballer Mesut Özil.

    Her career got off to a hot start. Despite losing the Miss Venezuela pageant in 2002, Aida Yespica became popular with the crowd.

    She has been on the covers of GQ and Maxim.

    It's easy to see why her fans fell in love.