Six Prem stars who dated Playboy models – Ilkay Gundogan to Cristiano Ronaldo

The old saying goes 'money doesn't buy you happiness' – but it sure as hell helps out when it comes to the ladies.

And with footballers boasting bank balances with more zeros than most people could ever imagine, they're able to attract the most exclusive of women who might otherwise be unattainable.

It's very common to see players hooking up with fellow famous faces, but the holy grail of celebrity hook-ups is a Playboy model. There are only a select few that can say they've dated one – so here's six Premier League stars who have done just that.

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Ilkay Gundogan – Sila Sahin

Before making the move to English football, Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan dated actress Sila Sahin. She's best known in their home country for her role in a German soap opera.

But back in May 2011, Sahin posed nude for Playboy, stirring controversy due to her conservative Turkish roots. Explaining her decision, she said: "I was always told, you must not go out, you must not make yourself look so attractive, you mustn’t have male friends.

"I have always abided by what men say. As a result I developed an extreme desire for freedom. I feel like Che Guevara. I have to do everything I want, otherwise I feel like I may as well be dead."

After splitting with Gundogan in 2015, the 36-year-old met fellow footballer Samuel Radlinger, who she has since married and had two children with.

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Martin Demichelis – Evangelina Anderson

City's links to Playboy run deeper than just Gundogan, as their former defender Martin Demichelis has also bagged himself a model from the iconic magazine.

The 41-year-old Argentine met Spanish star Evangelina Anderson, 39, all the way back in 2007, six years before he moved to the Etihad. Aside from Playboy, she has featured on Dancing with the Stars and several other reality shows.

They wed in 2015, halfway through Demichelis' rather lacklustre City spell, and are still happily married with their three children to this day.

Jamie O'Hara – Carla Howe

Former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O'Hara burst onto the scene as a youngster but saw his career gradually decline. That didn't hinder his pulling power, though.

In January 2016 he was pictured out and about in London accompanied by Playboy bunny Carla Howe, who's believed to have dated a number of famous faces including George Best's son Calum, Kim Kardashian's ex Ray J, and even Mario Balotelli.

As well as getting her kit off for Loaded, Zoo and Nuts, the 32-year-old and her sister Melissa became bunnies in 2011 and posed naked alongside each other.

Jesse Lingard – Laura Bragato

During his time with Manchester United, Jesse Lingard grew close to Italian model Laura Bragato, who has posed for both Playboy Mexico and Playboy Croatia.

The pair were texting during the 2018 World Cup and again during lockdown. They met when Lingard took a holiday to Milan but a romance hasn't yet blossomed.

Bragato rose to prominence in her home country after posing for cheeky pictures in Serie A shirts, earning her the "sexy face of football" title.

After her first post in a Roma kit went viral, she told Daily Star Sport: "It all started as a joke, while I was at a friend's house watching a football match. I honestly didn't expect it would be so successful but I am super happy about it."

While she supports Juventus, Bragato is also a West Ham fan. She attended a game in 2019 after an invitation from the Sullivans, two years before Lingard spent six months on loan with the Hammers.

Marouane Fellaini – Victoria Bonya

When he wasn't terrorising Premier League defences with his massive 6'4" frame for Everton and Manchester United, Maroane Fellaini enjoyed the company of a number of celebrity women.

Adult TV star Roxanne Jeffers and Belgian model Gaelle Garcia Diaz are among his exes – and so too is Playboy cover-girl Victoria Bonya.

The Russian, who boasts a mega Instagram following of more than 9million, was snapped on holiday with Fellaini in January 2018 as they shared a kiss on a beach in St Barts.

They were papped together at a fashion show in February 2020 as well, but they kept the nature of their relationship largely under wraps.

Cristiano Ronaldo – Daniella Chavez

It comes as a surprise to absolutely nobody that Cristiano Ronaldo has dated plenty of models in his time, but only one of his rumoured partners has been a Playboy bunny – Daniella Chavez. She claimed she'd slept with the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.

"Cristiano was very shy at first, but when he built up his confidence was quite a man, though still a bit fearful," said Chavez. "He loved me, but the idea was not to show it. I just wanted to fulfil a dream and have sex with him. I love his body. [Cristiano liked] my face, my breasts and the fact that he had never slept with a Playmate."

Ronaldo never confirmed the alleged fling and is now happily settled with Georgina Rodriquez, while Chavez has gone on to buy her local football team in Chile.

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