Model and TV presenter who helped Man City win the Premier League: Supersub Ilkay Gundogan was given time off to marry his glamorous fiancée Sara Arfaoui just days before he came off the bench to score title winning goal
- Ilkay Gundogan scored two goals to proper Manchester City to the league title
- His match-winning performance came just days after he married French model
- Gundogan and TV presenter Sara Arfaoui, 26, tied the knot in Copenhagen
Manchester City hero Ilkay Gundogan‘s Premier League-winning performance came just days after he was given time off to marry his glamorous model girlfriend in Copenhagen.
The German midfielder, 31, came off the bench yesterday to spearhead his team’s dramatic title win with two goals.
When he entered the pitch, Man City were losing 2-0 to Aston Villa, fuelling fears among their supporters that Liverpool could snatch the title from under their noses.
However, in a madcap six minutes, Gundogan scored two goals with teammate Rodri scoring the other as City turned it around to become champions.
And City fans may have a French-born model and TV personality of Italian descent to thank for their dramatic victory after it emerged Gundogan married his girlfriend Sara Arfaoui, 26, just days before his match-winning performance.
Gundogan and his partner tied the knot in Copenhagen after the footballer was given some time off to attend his nuptials – despite Sunday’s crunch match.
Manchester City footballer Ilkay Gundogan married his model fiancée Sara Arfaoui just days before his match-winning performance
Gundogan scored two goals to propel Manchester City to the Premier League title yesterday
Sara Arfaoui watched her husband’s performance and later posted a loving photo of the two of them with the Premier League trophy
The sportsman, 31, and the Italian model, 26, both took to their respective Instagram pages on Wednesday to announce the happy news
Sara was born in France but moved to Italy at a young age. She is a popular TV presenter in the country on the channel Rai 1
The new Mrs Gundogan watched her husband’s performance and later posted a loving photo of the two of them with the Premier League trophy.
She wrote: ‘Congratulations my capitano! 2 goal @ilkayguendogan. Champion!’
The model previously posted a series of photos from their Copenhagen wedding, with the snaps suggesting it was a low-key affair.
The couple both sported summery blazers with Sara carrying a bouquet of flowers and Gundogan carrying documents.
Sharing the photos on her Instagram account, Sara wrote: ‘We are married! We are really happy … can’t wait to celebrate with our families and friends.’
One photos showed them leaning their heads close together for a smiling selfie, with the midfielder in a dark grey suit and white shirt while the model rocked a cream blazer.
The couple appear to have tied the knot in a private registry office ceremony and tagged their location as Copenhagen.
They later enjoyed a trip to Rome before returning to England ahead of Gundogan’s match-winning turn.
Ilkay announced their engagement with a sweet snap showing off Sara’s ring on his Instagram page on December 6
The couple appear to have tied the knot in a private registry office ceremony and tagged their location as Copenhagen
Gundogan and his partner tied the knot in Copenhagen after the footballer was given some time off to attend his nuptials
The couple met in 2021 and got engaged in December the same year, ahead of the recent wedding
Sara appeared to reveal their marriage after football fans speculated the private jet trip was because her new husband was signing for Real Madrid.
The couple met in 2021 and got engaged in December the same year.
Sara was born in France but moved to Italy at a young age. She is a popular TV presenter in the country on the channel Rai 1.
For their engagement, Gundogan decorated a hotel room with an abundance of flowers and balloons, some of which spelt out the words ‘I love you’.
Sara later wrote online: ‘You are my best friend, my everything. I can’t believe this is real. Thank you for your love.’