STUNNING model Ines Tomaz has laid bare her love for Manchester City star Bernardo Silva by calling him the best thing that happened to her in 2020.
The couple’s love blossomed during coronavirus lockdown which they spent with friends in a large house near Lisbon.
Pretty Ines, whose sister Mariana represented Portugal at Miss Global 2017, summed up her year with a summer photo of her chilling out with the midfielder which she captioned: “The best of 2020.”
And Bernardo immediately showed he agreed by posting a heart emoticon under her gushing comment.
Ines posted the snap days after the 26-year-old footballer wished fans ‘Merry Christmas’ with a snap showing him and his gorgeous girlfriend enjoying an intimate dinner in tracksuit bottoms and socks.
Ines looked happy and relaxed as she sipped red wine with a ‘Merry Christmas’ jumper on, appearing to confirm she has moved to Manchester virtually full-time and only makes brief returns to her native Portugal for work reasons.
Bernardo topped off his casual Christmas look by donning a Portugal shirt.
The Man City star confirmed he had found love again in May and was dating for the first time following his split with stunning French model Alicia Verrando.
He had fuelled speculation of a new romance after he revealed in April Ines was one of the group of three women and three other male pals he had been in lockdown with.
Ines went public with their relationship by posting footage on her Instagram of the footballer with his arms round her on a beach.
The playmaker responded with his own photo, showing them oozing happiness and looking tanned and relaxed at a dinner table.
Neither Bernardo or Ines gave away any details of when they began dating, although they are thought to have been seeing each for several months in secret.
They holidayed together in September in the paradise island of Formentera near Ibiza.
Reports around the time Silva is understood to have split with ex Alicia said he reluctantly ended their two-year relationship with her because it had ‘gone cold’ following her move to the UK.
Monte Carlo-born Alicia, who met Bernardo when she landed a job as an intern marketing assistant at his former club Monaco, flew to Russia to support Portugal at the last World Cup.
Soon after arriving she shared a video of fans wearing Portuguese shirts with her partner’s name on ahead of his team’s match against Uruguay.
But the last ‘happy couple’ photo they shared on social media was in May 2018 from the upmarket resort of Sesimbra near Lisbon.
Bernardo, who signed a five-year contact with Man City in May 2017 for £43m, posted pics online of him with his sister Maria at her wedding but none with Alicia.