It's been several weeks since the Matildas' Sam Kerr had to be sidelined due to injury – but in the quarter-final decider against France on Saturday night, it was clear the star player is back and better than ever.
ICYMI (which... you probably didn't) Australia won what was possibly the most intense game ever. *Drama!* And the roar from the crowd when Kerr took to the field in the second half was one of pure elation – for good reason. The sports star is much-loved by the nation, and with a large fan base, it's no surprise people have taken a big interest in her life.
On the field, Kerr has captured the attention of the world. But it's her soccer rival, American Kristie Mewis – whose team has also been playing in the Women's World Cup – who has had her heart for the past three years.
The couple first met while playing a match against each other, where Kerr says she was being "a s**t stirrer" and her competitor Mewis was "getting so angry".
After finding each other attractive and following one another on Instagram, they decided to see if there was a spark. It was throughout the pandemic that Mewis and Kerr said they "were forced to talk" in order to get to know one another online.
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