Inter Milan forward Romelu Lukaku has applauded former Manchester United teammate Marcus Rashford for his fight against child food poverty, The Mirror reported.
Last week saw Boris Johnson and the UK government pledge £400million after Rashford campaigned for free school meals to be extended beyond school time.
This is the second time the England international has pushed the government to change their stance when he won the fight for meals to be offered during the summer holidays especially during the difficult time of the coronavirus pandemic.
Lukaku affirmed that Rashford deserves all the respect for going above and beyond for his belief in changing the fortune of those less fortunate.
"What he did is a beautiful thing," Lukaku told ESPN.
"It's something he deserves massive respect from the whole population, throughout England - because what he did was challenge the government to help them with free school meals in the holidays, because he comes from that environment, and when you come from that environment you are marked for life.
"I speak from my own experiences and it's stuff you don't want to see other kids to go through. What he did was a beautiful thing and he deserves massive respect wherever he goes."
“He has only just turned 23 and it is amazing what he has done already in football as well as in life off the pitch," Van Persie said.