If there is one person who calls the shots on where Mauro Icardi plays next, then it is his stunning wife and agent Wanda Nara.
The Inter Milan star has reportedly had his loan contract with French giants PSG “terminated immediately” after she told club bosses he wanted to return to Italy.
Not afraid to make the big decisions in what is predominantly a male industry, Nara is the most controversial WAG on the planet with sex tape rumors, naked photos and allegedly cheating on her ex-husband footballer in order to woo Icardi. Oh, and the two were teammates at the time.
The Argentinian Nara is no shrinking violet who sits in the shadows of her man’s career.
She famously caused a huge rift in her home country after seducing Icardi, 25, while she was still married to his teammate, Maxi Lopez, 34.
One former footballer explains to Sun Online: “Argentina is arguably the country most passionate about football, so when Icardi hooked up with his national teammate’s wife, and moved their three kids in with him, fans were disgusted and it’s caused problems ever since.
“Wanda isn’t well-liked in the country, but she doesn’t care. She loves showing off her glamorous life – she posts naked pictures of her surrounded by her designer shoes and bags in her walk-in wardrobe and traveling by private jet.
“If they move over here in January, she’s going to ruffle a lot of feathers with fans and fellow WAGS.”
Here, Sun Online takes a closer at the blonde beauty.
Nude pictures and a ‘sex tape’ scandal
Nara often posts provocative belfies and topless shots to her 5.9 million Instagram followers.
Many are taken in their mansion, where she surrounds herself with designer clothes and fast cars.
Icardi is partial to posting scantily-clad images of his wife to his 6 million Instagram followers, too.
These include some rather explicit swimwear shots taken while the pair enjoyed themselves on a romantic getaway to the Seychelles.
Last year, though, Nara was the subject of rumors when an audio sex-tape was sent around on WhatsApp. Italian news outlets reported it was between Nara and Icardi’s teammate Marcelo Brozovic. She denied it.
“I am a mum and I live for my five children, I am always with them. Then I am the wife of Mauro,” Nara said. “I live a normal life, I work and I take care of my children so think for yourself rather than write nonsense stories about my life.”
Inviting her lover on holiday with her husband
Icardi says Nara first got with him on a holiday with her, ex Lopez, and their three children, Valentino, 9, Constantino, 8, and Benedicto, 6, in 2013.
In his autobiography, “Sempre Avanti”, Icardi reveals: “We texted many times. She wrote to me: ‘Mauro, we are going for a ride to the Aeolian Islands with Gonzalo Bergessio and his wife. Why don’t you come with us?’
“While I was alone on the second floor of the boat, lying on the couch and listening to a bit of reggae, Wanda all of a sudden came and sat beside me, without any embarrassment. At that time her relationship with Lopez was ending.”
However, Nara says Icardi seduced her after her marriage ended.
“After the divorce, I had gone back to live in Argentina and already had the kids registered for the new school year. I had to come back to Milan to finalize some paperwork and he offered to lend me his car, leaving me the keys to his house, too,” Nara said. “He asked if I wanted to have dinner with him, but the fridge was empty. I knocked up some pasta and the rest just happened spontaneously.”
She also claimed her husband was to blame, saying at the time: “It’s been three months since my husband had sex. Maxi has neglected me. Although I’ve been living in luxury, I am also living with hidden pain.”
The ultimate betrayal of friendship
Series A’s Sampdoria match against Inter Milan in April 2014 was dubbed “The Wanda Derby.”
Their relationship had just come to light — and Lopez was playing for Sampdoria.
Icardi was booed by fans and Lopez refused to shake his hand.
Nara and Lopez had begun divorce proceedings in December 2013, when reports surfaced it was partly due to her relationship with Icardi.
It was considered the ultimate betrayal of friendship. Icardi is nine years Lopez’s junior and had been taken under his wing when he first moved to play in Italy.
In May 2014 Icardi married Nara in Buenos Aires in front of just 12 guests – none of his teammates attended.
First the wife, then the kids
Unashamed, the new couple wrote gushing tributes to each other on social media.
In June 2014, five months after Nara left Lopez, tensions worsened when Icardi tweeted a picture of a new arm tattoo he had of Nara and Lopez’s three children, captioned “I love these three little angels.”
Unsurprisingly, Lopez seethed, saying: “I can understand that, being a public figure, he publishes photos. But I’m not comfortable with my kids being in those photos.”
Icardi and Nara have gone on to have two young daughters of their own, Francesca and Isabella.
The ‘most explosive WAG in football’
While most WAGS are secondary to their fella’s career, Nara is at the forefront of Icardi’s – in 2015, he sacked his agent of 10 years, hiring her instead.
She is believed to be behind his increasing salary demands and draws up his contracts.
But there was vast speculation that Icardi hasn’t been called up by Argentina due to the furor over how he and Nara got together. And whenhe wa finally was controversy followed.
During his second clash, against Uruguay in September 2017, Wanda traveled to the game via private jet, and demanded to be seated in a box.
She was “forced” to sit in the stands and reportedly had a tantrum about it.
Despised by their home country
Even Diego Maradona has been incensed by Icardi and Nara’s personal life.
Last year, with rumors of Icardi being called up to World Cup, Maradona called Icardi a “piece of s–t” and an “embarrassment.”
“[Icardi] knows how to (have sex with his friend’s wife). He does that very well. He can find his friend’s house easily, he doesn’t need a GPS for that,” Maradona said.
Yet, Nara and Icardi remain unapologetic.
Icardi has even called Lopez “ignorant” and says: “As long as my footballing career goes on, I hope to achieve it by her side because she truly deserves it for the sacrifice she’s made of being so far from her family, so far from Argentina and to be by my side here, raising our children and being happy in Milan.”
Nara also won’t be pushed out of the limelight.
She recently riled fans by claiming Icardi was “on par with Cristiano Ronaldo”, and was also accused of instigating tension before the infamously violent Boca Junior versus River Plate clash by wearing River colors.