IF THERE is one person who calls the shots in 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, Wanda is the most controversial WAG on the planet with sex tape rumours, naked photos and allegedly cheating on her ex-husband footballer in order to woo Icardi. Oh, and the two were team-mates at the time.
Argentinian Wanda 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 Argentinian teammate, Maxi Lopez, 34.
Widely regarded as one of the most powerful women in football, agent Wanda oversees her husband’s career.
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 travelling 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
Sexy Wanda 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, Wanda was subject of rumours when an audio sex-tape was sent around on WhatsApp.
Italian news outlets reported it was between Wanda and Icardi’s teammate Marcelo Brozovic – she denied it.
She retorted: “I am a mum and I live for my five children, I am always with them. Then I am the wife of Mauro.
“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 Wanda first got with him on a holiday with her, ex Lopez, and their three children, Valentino, nine, Constantino, eight, and Benedicto, six 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, Wanda 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 finalise some paperwork and he offered to lend me his car, leaving me the keys to his house, too.”
“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.
Wanda 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 Wanda 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 Wanda left Lopez, tensions worsened when Icardi tweeted a picture of a new arm tattoo he had of Wanda 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 Wanda 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, Wanda at the forefront of Icardi’s – in 2015, he sacked his agent of 10 years, hiring Wanda instead.
She is believed to be behind his increasing salary demands and draws up his contracts.
But there’s vast speculation that Icardi hasn’t been called up by Argentina due to the furore over how he and Wanda got together.
But he has been since.
And during his second clash, against Uruguay in September 2017, Wanda travelled 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 Wanda’s personal life.
Last year, with rumours of Icardi being called up to World Cup, Maradona called Icardi a “piece of sh*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.”
Yet, Wanda 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.”
Wanda 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 colours.