6 big Football Names Who Married Partners Significantly Younger Than Them Before Sadio Mane

6 big Football Names Who Married Partners Significantly Younger Than Them Before Sadio Mane

Rene Otinga
updated at April 23, 2024 at 7:56 AM
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  • Sadio Mane became the latest football star to marry a lady much younger than him
  • Mane got married to Aisha Tamba in an arranged marriage
  • The Senegal international is 13 years older than Aisha

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One of the perks of being a top-tier football star is the seamless ability to attract beautiful ladies.

Some of the world’s best football players, past and present, have managed to get themselves attractive ladies, whom they have eventually gone on to marry.

The latest in this category is Al Nassr star Sadio Mane who recently pulled headlines worldwide thanks to his marriage to the little-known Aisha Tamba.

Sadio Mane got married to Aisha Tamba in January 2023.
Sadio Mane became the latest football star to marry a lady much younger than him. Photo: @@Am_Blujay.
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The two married in a quiet ceremony in Senegal, just days before Mane jetted off to represent his country in the Africa Cup of Nations.

One key detail that caused a stir on the internet was the fact that Aisha is only 18, while Mane is 31.

Aisha’s dad, Amadou Tamba later clarified that his daughter had an arranged traditional marriage to Mane, and the pair did not date before that. In fact, the former Liverpool star only saw Aisha for the first time two years ago, when she visited his home.

Sports Brief looks at other football players who got married to partners who are considerably younger than them.

Ronaldo Nazario

The Brazilian Ronaldo got married to his partner Celina Locks after the couple dated for seven years.

This is the former Real Madrid star’s third marriage, and the 33-year-old model is 14 years younger than the 2002 Ballon d’Or winner.

Ian Rush

Legendary Liverpool goal scorer Ian Rush still has it as he got engaged to a model 22 years his junior.

Rush and popstar Carol Anthony dated for five years before taking steps towards making it official.

Thierry Henry

Another Premier League legend, Thierry Henry, makes the list, although he is not married.

The former Arsenal man, 44, is dating his long-term partner Andrea Rajacic, who is 10 years younger than him. Henry was previously married to Claire Henry, but the marriage ended in divorce.

Teddy Sheringham

The former Manchester United star is married to a lady known as Kristina Andrioti, who works in the PR industry. Kristina is 20 years younger than him, according to The Sun.

Teddy Sheringham and his wife
Kristina Andrioti is considerably younger than Teddy Sheringham. Photo: Sunsport.
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They have been married since 2016 and have a son together.

Peter Schmeichel

Schmeichel’s on-and-off relationship with former Playboy model Laura von Lindholm eventually led to marriage in 2019. The former Manchester United goalie is 59, while Laura recently turned 50.

Brendan Rodgers

After a 14-year marriage to a lady named Susan, Brendan Rodgers took a dip into the dating pool once again and met Charlotte Searle, who is 11 years his junior. A whirlwind romance soon ensued.

The couple got married in 2017.

Most followed WAGS on Instagram

In related news, Sports Brief reported on the most followed partners of football stars on Instagram.

As expected, Cristiano Ronaldo’s partner Georgina Rodriguez takes first place with a staggering 55.9 million followers.

Shakira would have easily taken first place with her 90 million followers, but she is not considered a WAG anymore after her split from Gerard Pique.

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Rene Otinga is a sports journalist with over eight years of working experience in digital media. Rene's experience includes working as a Copywriter at X News Kenya and TUKO.co.ke.