Celebrities who date athletes: Gallery

From Carrie Underwood and Mike Fischer to Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady, there are plenty of A-list ladies who have found their perfect match on the pitch, in the ring or on the ice.

Then, of course, there’s Canada’ answer to Victoria and David BeckhamElisha Cuthbert and Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf – who tied the knot in a romantic ceremony in Prince Edward Island last year.

As singing sensation Shakira prepares to welcome her second son with Spanish soccer star Gerard Piqué, Hello! takes a look at the stars with sporty partners.

CLICK ON PHOTOS FOR FULL GALLERYShakira and Gerard Piqué

Victoria Beckham led the way in 1997 when she met Manchester United player David Beckham at a charity football match. Over the years the former Spice Girl has sat in the stands at many of her husband's games while he played for teams including Real Madrid, LA Galaxy and Paris Saint-Germain. The pair, who have four children, have been through ups and downs together and arguably have one of the strongest celebrity marriages.

David and Victoria Beckham

Another famous lady often spotted supporting her partner from the sidelines is Hayden Panettiere. Hayden, who is currently pregnant with her first child, was ringside when her boxer fiancé Wladimir Klitschko famously triumphed over Samuel Peter in 2010.

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