Italian soccer fans could be forgiven if they get distracted during previews, matches and post-game shows.
The reason is the nation’s sports goddess, Maria Arreghini, who is the boot’s top sports influencer, now has her sites set on racking up social media numbers like golf glamour puss Paige Spiranac.
Arreghini has become famous for brightening Saturday afternoons by leaving little to the imagination in her sexy tighter-than-this ensembles. The 26-year-old now has more than 650,000 Instagram followers with punters begging her to start an OnlyFans page.
Typical responses are: “You are a princess.”
Another added: “You are beautiful.”
While another fan chimed in: “I’m moving to Italy.”
Recently, she shocked viewers watching auto racing when she appeared wearing a tight blue bikini. She also has her own show where the focus is on soccer and boxing but she has also interviewed the Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am.
Meanwhile, rival sports influencer Spiranac had admitted she was lost for words and “shaking like a leaf” the first time she interviewed golf legend Tiger Woods.
With more than 3.9 million Instagram followers, a booming side gig with her OnlyPaige subscription websites, calendars and a slew of other entrepreneurial enterprises, it’s hard to believe Spiranac would be in awe of anyone.
But she confessed she fangirled Woods.
“But unfortunately when I do, when I meet someone, the comments are, ‘oh, he nailed her… and I bet they… you know’. And it’s like ‘no’, I can have a normal interaction with someone,” she said of meeting other superstars.
“It’s disrespectful to me and to that person, and if they have a wife or significant other.”
Tiger Woods, however, was a different story.
“So bearing that in mind, I did fan girl over Tiger Woods. He’s the only person I got so incredibly nervous over while having a lesson at his charity event, Sprianac told Talk Sport.
“I was shaking like a leaf, I was so nervous. But he was so nice. That was one moment where I was like, ‘I can’t believe this is my life.’”
Spiranac herself was a former professional golfer and she made her debut on the Cactus Tour in 2016. In her only pro win, she nipped Hannah O’Sullivan in a sudden-death playoff.
But getting an LPGA Tour card was another matter and she figured out how to make millions out of golf without the pressure of the tour.