Marcus Rashford the Super Hero
Manchester United and England international Marcus Rashford is the favourite to win this year’s BBC player of the award following his great impact and humanitarian effort in the society. The player says it is “becoming more normal” for his generation of footballers to campaign on social issues.
With his influence, the government extended a free school meals scheme outside term time on Tuesday after he wrote to the MPs. Several footballers, most notably Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, have been on the racism issue following the death of American George Floyd and the Black Lives Matters protests and for that, English Premier League clubs will jerseys with the Black Lives Matters inscription as the league resumes today.
Marcus Rashford used his platform as a high-profile footballer to help get publicity and support for the campaign, which will benefit around 1.3 million children in England. The young and talented player said: “It’s becoming more normal that people speak out on topics that they believe in and I think it’s just positive for the future.”
Rashford also said: “Just look at the generations after us – hopefully it becomes a normal thing and people actually want to do that and put themselves forward to do that.” Rashford said he was “shocked” and “grateful” that the government reversed its decision following his campaign.
“It’s a nice feeling but I’m happy that people’s lives are going to be changed for the better so that was the important thing that I tried to change,” added Rashford. “It’s obviously a proud moment.” During his campaign to help stop food poverty, Rashford spoke about the sacrifices his mother made when he was a child and how trying to feed her family “kept her up” at night.