Model, Agent, Wife, Mother, Firebrand: The Many Faces of Wanda Nara

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Emilio Andreoli/Getty ImagesIt was probably about time something positive came out of Boulogne-sur-Mer for Paris Saint-Germain.The fishing port on France’s northern coast was the birthplace of Jean-Pierre Papin, the explosive striker who was the scourge of PSG during his time at Marseille in the late 1980s and early ’90s. Franck Ribery, another Boulogne native, also tormented PSG while wearing the white shirt of Marseille.This summer, a child of Boulogne finally smiled on the club from the French capital. Albeit in this case, it was the Boulogne Sur Mer in Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, rather than the one three hours up the road in Pas-de-Calais.Wanda Nara, one of the most high-profile women in football, was born in Boulogne Sur Mer, and it was with her cooperation that PSG pulled off the sensational loan signing of her husband (and client) Mauro Icardi from Inter Milan on transfer deadline day.Leonardo, PSG’s sporting director, may have declared recently that the French champions did not intend to have a “bling-bling season,” but that was before Nara and Icardi touched down in the City of Light. Because “bling-bling” is something that Nara does very well.A former showgirl and presenter on Argentinian television, Nara boasts 5.6 million followers on her Instagram account (200,000 more than Icardi), where highly stylised photographs of her in swimwear and evening dresses sit alongside sightseeing snaps and images of her five children. But as a succession of Inter directors and head coaches can testify, her Instagram image is just one part of the picture.Her negotiating skills enabled Icardi to increase his annual salary at Inter from €900,000 to €4.5 million over his six seasons at San Siro. The company she set up to manage Icardi’s interests, World Marketing Football, reportedly turned over €3.2 million between 2015 and 2017. She also runs her own fashion line, Wan Collection, and makes regular appearances as a football pundit on Italian television (more on that later).MARCO BERTORELLO/Getty Images”This is a very macho world, and what I’m doing is revolutionary,” she told Italian celebrity magazine Gente in February. “Although there are many relatives who represent players, the role of women in football is more about ‘staying at home with the kids and keeping quiet.’ That’s why I’m a re

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