Maria Sharapova's £300k five-carat emerald cut diamond engagement ring puts most football Wags' sparklers to shame

FORMER tennis star Maria Sharapova got engaged before Christmas – and the bling on her finger is pretty impressive.

The 33-year-old, Russian said 'yes' to British millionaire Alexander Gilkes after first getting together in January 2018.

And, according to, Sharapova received a £300,000 five-carat emerald cut diamond engagement ring to mark the special day.

The Jessica McCormack-designed ring is in rose gold with the huge diamond sitting centrally.

The pricey ring will put most sporting wags' versions to shame -but not Georgina Rodriguez.

Cristiano Ronaldo is believed to have presented his stunning partner with a cartier diamond ring worth £615,000.

Sharapova and Gilkes kept their relationship quiet until the Russian beauty revealed images of a romantic trip to the Cotswolds in October 2018.

It is believed they initially met in January earlier that year but opted to keep a low profile.

Gilkes, 41, is a millionaire businessman, co-founder and president of the Paddle8 online auction house.

He is also the ex-husband to Meghan Markle's best friend Misha Nonoo who helped the Duke and Duchess of Sussex get together.

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Gilkes, who attended Eton College with Prince William and Harry, was married to Nonoo for four years before their split in 2016

But he is set to wed for a second time after popping the question to the former world No.1.

Sharapova took to Instagram to share the news to her 4.1million followers alongside a series of intimate pictures.

Alongside the images she wrote: "I said yes from the first day we met.

"This was our little secret, wasn't it."

is one of the most highly-decorated tennis players of all-time having been a five-time Grand Slam champion.

Sharapova retired from tennis in February following a string of injuries and drop in form.

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