Bikini-loving Coral Simanovich is a former soldier and model wife of Barcelona star Sergi Roberto who served in the Israeli army

The 27-year-old model and wife of Barcelona star Sergi Roberto is a trained solder having served two years in the Israeli army.

Coral, who was born in New York, started modelling while still conscripted to the Israel Defence Forces as an 18-year-old.

She revealed: "I started working when I was in the army, it was good for me, I could combine the two things."

Since then Coral, who has nearly 650,000 followers on Instagram, has gone on to become one of Israel's most recognisable beauties.

She's starring in major advertising and fashion campaigns and gracing the cover of a host of magazines.

She also has brains, having completed a degree in fashion at the prestigious Shenkar College of Design and Engineering.

Coral and Sergi tied the knot after four years of dating at a star-studded bash of 500 guests just north of trendy Tel Aviv.

A number of superstar Barcelona team-mates were at the lavish ceremony, with Sergio Busquets, Rafinha and Jordi Alba among those in attendance.

There were also a group of footballers who graduated from Barca's famed La Masia academy, with Southampton midfielder Oriol Romeu and Stoke City forward Bojan Krcic also guests.

Supermodels Bar Zomer, Neta Alchimister and Bar Refaeli were also at the party.

But it was another guest, Marc Bartra, who the happy couple had to thank for their big day.

Real Betis defender Bartra had introduced Roberto to Coral through his girlfriend, the journalist Melissa Jimenez.

Bartra and Roberto had been breaking into the first-team at the Nou Camp at the same time and had been room-mates on away trips when they were introduced.

Now with Roberto an established member of the squad, the pair live a lavish life in Barcelona.

Coral travels the world with her modelling and has been spotted in London, Paris, Morocco, Italy and Tokyo in recent months.

The couple often post loved up snaps of each other on their social media sites, while they also have two other loves in their lives: their dogs.

Sergi and Coral, who travelled around Japan for their honeymoon, have two dogs Baloo and Mocha.

Baloo, an adopted toy poodle, even has his own Instagram page – with more than 50,000 followers.

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