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5 reasons footballers like Marcus Rashford stick with childhood sweethearts – dodging kiss-&-tells to gold digger fears
WITH their ridiculously huge salaries and superstar status, our top footballers could have women falling at their feet.
So it's rather sweet that many of our most famous players on the pitch are still head over heels for their childhood sweethearts.
This week The Sun revealed Manchester United star Marcus Rashford, 24, has reunited with his girlfriend of eight years, university graduate Lucia Loi, also 24, eight months after their "painful split."
A source said: "The break was good for their relationship as it offered them both space and assurance that they wanted to make this work moving forward."
Psychologist Emma Kenny, who runs the healthy social network site Appy, said there are a number of reasons why footballers tend to stay loyal to their first love.
She said: "Whilst a glittering football career can offer players a life beyond the average person’s wildest dreams, it comes with a unique set of problems.
"These WAGs knew these superstars before the fame and fortune.
"That gives the footballers a sense of being liked for who they truly are, not for their fast cars and luxury homes, which makes the relationship feel more authentic and safer.
"Another element that can make these relationships alluring is the nostalgia they provide."
Here, we take a look at the footballers who found their match early in life – and reveal five reasons why scoring early puts these pairs top of the love league.
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Why footballers stick with their first love
Reality check early on: "Girlfriends who have dated these players growing up will have embraced as teenagers that football must be a priority, meaning they are more accepting of sharing their boyfriend with the beautiful game."
Not gold diggers: "These women have known the football superstars before the fame and fortune. This sense of being ‘liked’ for who they truly are, as opposed to for their fast cars and luxury homes will make these relationships feel more authentic and safer."
Unlikely to dish the dirt: "Footballers are very aware of how their liaisons can make it onto the front pages of the newspapers. Their childhood sweethearts have demonstrated a level of personal integrity that is very attractive in a long-term mate."
Heroes set the example: "Younger football stars see a blueprint of possibility for these relationships to survive and to thrive from older stars like Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney."
Nostalgia: "Maintaining links to our past can promote a sense of belonging. Teen relationships often embody a real strength of emotional connection. If a couple have shared memories of lower responsibility levels, fun, intimate experience and hanging out with good friends, it gives lots of positives to maintaining, or rekindling, a relationship."