Christine Bleakley and the Best Chelsea WAGS
Frank Lampard has two children by Spanish model Elen Rivas—who was his fiancee of seven years—but they split in 2008. The following year, the England midfielder began romancing Northern Irish TV presenter Christine Bleakley. They announced their engagement in 2011.
Last week, The Daily Mail let us all know that they went to the shops. Which is nice.
Inspired by Frank and Christine's bond (and not their trip to Marks & Spencer), here follows a selection of Chelsea's finest wives and girlfriends...
Toni Poole (John Terry)
John Terry married girlfriend Toni Poole in the summer of 2007, a year after she gave birth to twins Georgie and Summer.
Two years later, it was alleged that JT had an affair with Vanessa Perroncel, the girlfriend of teammate Wayne Bridge. For this reason (and perhaps some of the England defender's other undesirable personality traits) Toni is often described in the press as "long-suffering."
Toni tends to stay out of the spotlight and only seems to be featured in the press when she is enjoying one of their many annual beach breaks.
Maria Montoro (Lucas Piazon)
Lucas Piazon may be on a sojourn to Eredivisie side Vitesse at the moment, but the young Brazilian warrants an inclusion in this list for his stunning better half Maria Montoro.
Not much is known about Brazilian brunette Maria, except that she has been in a relationship with Piazon for some time and she likes a good Instagram selfie.
Olalla Dominguez (Fernando Torres)
Fernando Torres has been in a relationship with Olalla Domínguez since he was 17 years old. In 2009, after eight years of courtship, they tied the knot at a ceremony in Madrid. They have a daughter named Nora and a son, Leo.
According to The Daily Mail, the pair met in the Galician seaside town of Estorde, where El Nino would go on annual family holidays.
As you can see from the slideshow above, Olalla still likes to go on holiday quite a lot.
Sara Madeira (David Luiz)
David Luiz may give the impression he is too busy pulling pranks, sticking his tongue out and generally enjoying his charmed life to have time for a lady partner, but the Brazilian is engaged to Sara Madeira.
The 24-year-old brunette is from Portugal and is a fervent Benfica fan—presumably she met the big-haired man at the back when he was playing for As Águias.
Akosua Puni (Michael Essien)
Blues midfield enforcer Michael Essien has been romantically linked to models Cassie Sumner and Lurata Murati, but he married his publicist, Akosua Puni, sometime between September 2012 and June 2013. The date is unspecific because the couple kept the nuptials a secret, with the proverbial cat only being let out of the bag last summer.
Seeing as the Ghanaian refers to Jose Mourinho as "daddy," he would have wanted to put off his special day for a time when the Portuguese manager was available.
Brazilian midfielder Ramires married his girlfriend Islana in 2011. They have a three-year-old son named Davi.
In May 2013, Islana hit the headlines when she spoke out on behalf of her other half in protest of his exclusion from the Brazilian national team. According to The Metro, she left the following comment on a social media site: "Today is just another mediocre and injust [sic] selection from the Mafia. Congratulations, CBF!, Brazil. This is why we are not and will never be the best in the world!’"
Brazilian prodigy Oscar is married to his childhood sweetheart Ludmila. She is of Japanese descent—Sao Paulo has one of the largest Japanese populations outside of Japan.
Anna Kelle (Ashley Cole)
It is difficult to keep track of Ashley Cole's love life—his relationships have been known to overlap—but one of his most recent concubines is Anna Kelle.
Welsh model Anna is a star of the MTV reality series The Valleys, and she's proud to tell anyone who is listening about her "high sex drive." In February 2013 she inspired a wonderfully unabashed headline in The Sun: "My love for Ashley Cole by topless bisexual nympho."
Bianca Slater (Ryan Bertrand)
Ryan Bertrand serves as left-back understudy to Ashley Cole, and he seems to do just as well on the glamorous ladies front as the man keeping him from the starting XI.
His partner, Bianca Slater, is a 25-year-old model whose body of work is probably not suitable for Googling in the workplace.
Bertrand is the first player to make his Champions League debut in the final, and he did so without his significant other in the crowd at the Allianz Arena, as she lost her passport.