The expression "Behind every great man is a great woman" has been so overused when talking about wives and girlfriends of male sports personalities, also known as WAGs to fans.
But as cliche as it may sound, the saying is fairly applicable, particularly to the significant others of PBA players, most of whom outshine their athlete partners because of their own talents and beauty.
The women below are shining examples of influential WAGs, having a strong and winning Instagram following their partners can't even imagine having for themselves:
10. Kiesha Ancheta (Rey Nambatac's GF) - 65.7k
Being in a relationship with a promising rookie is sure to ensure many followers, especially if you're the doppelganger of Jessy Mendiola. Case in point: Kiesha has six times the number of IG fans her boyfriend of two years and seven months has.
9. Rizza Diaz (Davon Potts' GF) - 73.2k
It's not a good sign when your lady spends more time on the court than you. Davon has yet to see consistent minutes in the loaded Alaska wing rotation, while Rizza is always their just waiting for the action.
8. Ruselle Alinea (Mark Barroca's wife) - 91.5k
She's the reason why everyone is envious of the Coffee Prince, aside from his elite playmaking skills of course. The five-time champion and one-time Finals MVP knows how to keep the woman he loves, proposing to his wife for the second time in October 2017.
7. Michela Cazzola (James Yap's GF) - 124k
Michela now has a good grasp of what her involvement with a big-time player like James entails, especially after she gave birth to their first child. The Italian banker seems to have gotten used to the newfound fame—even Kris likes her.
6. Laura Lehmann (Von Pessumal's GF) - 187k
The reigning Miss World Philippines traces the roots of her romance with the SMB gunner during their Ateneo days. The partners aren't shy in professing their love for each other online.
5. Denden Lazaro (LA Revilla's GF) - 464k
They may hail from rival schools, yet former ADMU standout Denden and ex-DLSU stalwart LA have found common ground in love since 2014. Although the superstar PSL libero dominates her favorite PBA player when it comes to having a ballin' Instagram following.
4. Danica Sotto (Marc Pingris' wife) - 713k
The actress made a name for herself long before marrying the Pinoy basketball superstar in 2007. The two lovebirds renewed their vows during their 10th anniversary.
3. Alyssa Valdez (Kiefer Ravena's GF) - 1.1m
The Phenom pair might just be the most popular among power athlete couples—Alyssa also has a rabid, 1.42-mil strong Twitter fanbase. It won't take long before Kiefer and his ladylove take over both Philippine sports and social media.
2. Bianca Gonzalez (JC Intal's wife) - 1.9m
Like Danica and the next entry in this list, the model/host was already an established celebrity prior to tying the knot with the Phoenix forward. As big as the 35-year-old TV personality is in the industry, she still isn't the most-followed PBA WAG...
1. Chesca Garcia (Doug Kramer's wife) - 2.3m
Who else? Team Kramer has an unrivaled showbiz reputation. Her influence is so strong that her husband Doug has eventually learned to cultivate his own persona as an internet star.