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Who Is Marcus Rashford’s Girlfriend, Lucia Loi

Who is Marcus Rashford’s girlfriend Lucia Loi, what does she do, and how long has she been dating the Man Utd ace?
MARCUS RASHFORD has won in his campaign to provide free school meals for children during the holidays. But who is the Man Utd ace's girlfriend Lucia Loi and how long has he been dating the PR executive? Here's what we know.

Who is Marcus Rashford's girlfriend Lucia Loi?

Lucia Loi has worked as a PR account executive for Manchester-based PR company, Sugar. As her job involves networking and events organising, it seems she's a good fit for Rashford and will know how to negotiate the fame that comes with dating an England footballer.

Lucia Loi, Marcus Rashford's girlfriend attends the 2018 FIFA World Cup match between Colombia and England in Moscow, Russia. Photo: Jean Catuffe
The stunning brunette was spotted in the stands during the England vs Colombia match, as she showed her support for the Man U star. She says in her work bio that she loves "fitness, art and cooking" and "enjoys traveling".

How long have they been dating? 

The pair have kept their relationship away from the public eye. Lucia did, however, share a sweet snap of the two on her Instagram account to wish him happy birthday back in 2016. Her account has since been made private. It is thought that the pair have been dating for at least two years, if not longer.

 Marcus Rashford pictured with the girlfriend Lucia Loi
Who else has Rashford been linked to? 
Rashford has previously been linked to social media influencer, Lauryn Goodman. With nearly 60k Instagram followers and being the sister of reality TV star Chloe, the model is no stranger to the spotlight. 

However, Goodman has slammed claims that she was ever dating the England player. A representative said: "Lauryn is disgraced by rumours she is dating Marcus Rashford and denies romance. She is currently in a happy long term relationship."

Marcus Rashford was seen stepping out with his girlfriend Lucia Loi in Cheshire on Sunday morning The Manchester United forward opted for a black gilet layered over a simple t-shirt with white writing as he walked with his hands in his pockets down the street. 

Meanwhile Lucia looked chic in a black hoodie and leggings paired with white trainers and wore her brunette locks in a sleek ponytail. She carried her everyday essentials in a black satchel and opted for barely a scrap of makeup for the outing.

He has since joined a child poverty task force backed by major supermarkets, is now pushing ministers to make a list of reforms to tackle child poverty. These include expanding the Free School Meals scheme, creating more school holiday activities for youngsters from the poorest backgrounds and raising the amount given to parents to help cover the cost of healthier foods. 

Marcus is also calling on the government to increase the value of Healthy Start Vouchers, which can be spent on milk, plain fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, and infant formula milk, from £3.10-a-week to £4.25, while expanding the scheme to anyone on Universal Credit. 

The striker, who now lives in a £1.5million Cheshire mansion, grew up in a £150,000 terraced council house on the tough Northern Moor estate in Wythenshawe. He cited his own experience of growing up on a council estate during his successful campaign to get the government to extend its Free School Meals throughout this summer.

Family affair: Marcus Rashford was seen carrying a baby as he was congratulated by family members in the stands in Moscow
Marcus Rashford was hailed as the hero of lockdown after his successful free school meals campaign became yet another unlikely victory for a young footballer who has already defied the odds to become one of England's top sportsmen. The 22-year-old star says leaving home aged 11 to join Manchester United's academy when his single mother Melanie struggled to feed the family has driven his campaign to ensure other children in the UK do not go hungry.

Marcus, who earns £200,000-a-week at Man United and lives in a £1.8million mansion with a fleet of luxury cars, has not said how exactly much he has donated himself but admitted he started the fund with '£50,000 to £60,000' of his own money with Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda and wealthy individuals handing over millions more.

His campaigning zeal comes from his own experience of childhood privation, when his devout Christian mum Melanie worked 14-hour days, struggling to make ends meet for five children, and often cried herself to sleep. 

She pushed for her talented son to be accepted by Manchester United’s youth academy a year early, aged 11, so he could have the support, including nutrition, that was so hard for her to guarantee. No wonder Rashford said, when awarded his MBE: “This is a very special moment for myself and my family, but particularly for my mum who is the real deserving recipient of the honour.”

Odd though it may sound, his sentiments chimed with me. My church-going mum also worked insane hours as a tenant publican to keep a roof over her five children’s heads. During the hardest years she confessed she wouldn’t have been able to feed us without child benefit payments and I remember her intense relief when I was given an “assisted place” to a girls’ private school, meaning I got free meals and a uniform allowance. 

Yes, many will say: ‘Don’t have so many children if you can’t pay for them!’ but it’s hard to predict future hardship – such as my late father’s failing eyesight and battles with TB and then lung cancer. The Pelling and Rashford broods are all now hard-working, tax-paying members of society, so I’d hazard the suggestion a few year’s support was worthwhile.

Needless to say, I couldn’t be happier in my football-obsessed son’s choice of icon. Whenever I see a headline that screams “Man U player arrested in Greece!” or “found with girl in hotel room” I know the culprit won’t be a smart, well-adjusted, unflashy player, who cherishes family above all (Rashford’s two brothers are his agents and run his brand; he’s been in a steady, low-profile relationship with PR account executive Lucia Loi for some while). 

In short, Marcus Rashford is a thumping good role model who teaches our children respect and the fact there are far greater goals than being rich and famous. I sincerely hope No 10 heeds his call to come to the table.

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