Who is Victoria Lopyreva? Former Miss Russia is Putin's FAVORITE girl and a Manchester United fan
Vladimir Putin's "favorite girl" is a huge Manchester United fan who loves to share racy and glamorous snaps with her millions of followers on Instagram. Victoria Lopyreva is a Russian television anchor best known for presenting live football coverage in the country. She has also previously worked as a model, actress, and reality star.
The 38-year-old is a former Miss Russia, having won the beauty competition back in 2003 when she was just 20. In 2006, Lopyreva hosted the Miss Europe pageant held in Ukraine. In 2008, she also took part in 'Last Hero', the Russian version of the television show 'Survivor'. Lopyreva, who is an ardent supporter of Putin, was given the ambassadorial role for the 2018 FIFA World Cup on the Russian President's say-so, Maxim reported at the time.
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As part of her role as the tournament ambassador, Lopyreva was tasked with promoting her home city of Rostov-on-Don, which hosted five matches during the FIFA World Cup at the 45,000 capacity Rostov Arena.
The presenter still continues to work in a number of ambassadorial roles and is said to be a big fan of Premier League giants Manchester United. The 38-year-old has attended football matches at the Old Trafford stadium in England in the past, posing in both the changing room and the stands as she sported a United shirt and held up a scarf in support of the Red Devils.
Lopyreva was married to Russian football player Fedor Smolov for two years from 2013 to 2015. Smolov has recently spoken out in opposition to Russia's invasion of Ukraine after troops crossed the border into Ukraine last month.
Lopyreva was also rumored to be dating Old Trafford midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan after a picture emerged online. The Armenian played for United for two seasons between 2016 and 2018, scoring 13 goals in 63 appearances before joining rivals Arsenal in exchange for Alexis Sanchez. Back in 2017, Mkhitaryan posted a snap with Lopyreva with the caption: "Nice time in Armenia with LopyrevaVika." The picture was taken while Mkhitaryan was still a United player, adding more fuel to the fire of the romance given Lopyreva's love for the Red Devils.