Marcus Rashford has reportedly been separated from his girlfriend after eight years of dating.
The 23-year-old footballer and Lucia Loi, also 23, are said to have retired earlier this year, according to The sun.
However, a source told the publication that despite it being put to an end for now, there is still hope that the school sweethearts can ‘reconcile’ after a while.
Ended: Marcus Rashford reportedly separated from girlfriend Lucia Loi, both 23, after dating for eight years after meeting while at school together (pictured in 2018)
A source close to the Manchester United star said: ‘After eight years together, Marcus and Lucia have made the mutual decision to part ways.
“There is a strong mutual love and respect for each other, because we met at school, and there is an ongoing dialogue with the hope of reconciliation in the future.”
Clearly, Marcus and Lucia, who met at Ashton on Mersey School in Greater Manchester, broke up three months ago.
Ended: The footballer and Lucia Loi would have quit earlier this year, according to The Sun
Marcus’s representative said they had “no further comment” when MailOnline reached out.
Lucia has supported Marcus at football matches over the years, including during the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
She wore a Three Lions shirt with Rashford on the back during England’s victorious match against Sweden in the quarter-finals.
After the World Cup, the duo flew to Barbados where they relaxed in the sun and enjoyed themselves on a jet ski during a hunting day.
Lucia, who worked as an account manager for Sugar PR in Manchester, is said to have graduated with honors in Advertising and Brand Management last summer.
Support: Lucia has seen Marcus at football matches over the years, including at the 2018 World Cup in Russia (pictured in a football jersey at the event)
A LinkedIn page under her name states that she attended Manchester University from 2014-2017.
It comes after it was revealed in April that Marcus and his fans have been serving out more than 21 million meals since the first Covid lockdown.
A food redistribution charity that partnered with the star said donations from the English footballer and his fans have funded more than 21 million meals.
FareShare has distributed the equivalent of 128.5 million meals a year since March 23, 2020 – more than double the number in the previous 12 months.
Marcus partnered with the charity around the start of the first lockdown, fearing that school closures could leave millions of students going hungry.
Possible reunification? A source told the publication that despite quitting for now, there is still hope that the school sweethearts can ‘reconcile’ after a while
He forced a government to turn over the free school meal vouchers over the summer holidays, and his petition urging the government to move forward in tackling child hunger reached 100,000 signatures just 10 hours after it was launched.
Donations from Marcus and his fans have since funded the distribution of food equivalent to more than 21 million meals, two-thirds of which go to children and families.
FareShare is also supported by the government and UK retailers who are members of Rashford’s Child Food Poverty Taskforce.
Amazing: It comes after it was revealed that Marcus and his fans have distributed over 21 million meals since the first Covid lockdown (pictured on FareShare Manchester in 2020)
The charity accepts food that cannot be sold in stores, for example due to packaging errors, a short shelf life or excess stock.
It is given to thousands of organizations in the UK, such as homeless shelters, breakfast clubs in schools, domestic violence shelters and food banks, which distribute meals to families and individuals in distress.
Marcus said in April: “It has been a real pleasure to have been on this challenging but rewarding journey with FareShare for the past year.
The staff, volunteers and families I met have been incredibly supportive and courageous with the stories they shared with me.
‘I have made no secret of my desire to see the end of hunger and food insecurity, but for the need we have now, FareShare is doing a phenomenal job and I will continue to provide them with as much support as they need. ‘
Help: Marcus forced the government to reverse free school meal vouchers during the summer break (photo FareShare Greater Manchester at New Smithfield Market with his mother)