Marcus Rashford, a well-known and successful footballer, has largely become the talk of the town. This is mainly due to his red-hot form right now and also as a result of his pivotal role in launching the poverty food campaign.
After many ups and downs in his life, the Manchester United attacker, who was born on Halloween on 31 October 1997, finally could and deserves to be in the position he is now in. Rashford is one of the world’s youngest and most famous footballers, having achieved fame at a young age not only through sports but also through his involvement in social issues.
However, these are not the only special qualities about him and here are some top unknown facts about the player.
Marcus Rashford is helping end Food Poverty
Rashford isn’t just an excellent footballer, he has helped millions of children and families beat hunger. The English forward grew up in poverty, meaning that food wasn’t always available, he is committed to helping other children avoid that.
He helped raise enough money to enable FareShare, a food charity, to give over 21 million meals to children and families who might not otherwise eat. He has also raised awareness of child hunger in the UK and campaigned for the government to make changes.
Marcus Rashford has scored 23 goals in all competitions this season, 15 of which came after the World Cup👏
This is now his best-ever scoring season🔥#Rashford #MUFC pic.twitter.com/VkwUQ7ESuh
— FootTheBall FC (@FootTheBallFC) February 19, 2023
Awarded an MBE for services to vulnerable children
Special honours such as OBE, MBE and CBE are given to recognise people’s amazing achievements and service to the country and are awarded by the King or Queen. Marcus Rashford was awarded his MBE for all the work he did helping children who were at risk of not having enough food to survive.
In recognition of his charitable efforts, Rashford was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2020, and was named as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. He is widely respected and admired for his commitment to helping others and his willingness to use his platform to make a positive difference in the world.
Has his own book club
Marcus Rashford thinks reading is really important – so much so that he started his own Book Club. Talking about why he started the Book Club he said ‘I only started reading at seventeen, and it completely changed my outlook and mentality. I just wish I was offered the opportunity to really engage with reading more as a child, but books were never a thing we could budget for as a family when we needed to put food on the table.’
The Book Club aims to encourage and nurture a love of reading and get free books to the children who need them the most. Marcus Rashford has written his own books including You Are a Champion, which was a no. 1 children’s best-seller that was named ‘Book of the Year’ by WHSmith and Sainsbury’s.
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Honorary doctorate degree from University of Manchester
Rashford became the youngest recipient of an honorary doctorate from the University of Manchester in 2020 as a recognition of his campaign against child poverty.
Half of Rashford’s family are Man City fans
While Rashford grew up supporting Manchester United and eventually played for them, he has revealed in the past that half of his family members are Manchester City fans.
Rashford trained at Manchester City’s Platt Lane academy before eventually making the decision to join Manchester United.
The attacker lived in Fallowfield near City’s academy and United feared they would lose out on Rashford as joining the Cityzens seemed more convenient geographically for the youngster, but the Red Devils’ training programme won him over in the end.
Engaged to his high-school sweetheart
Lucia Loi, Marcus Rashford’s girlfriend, is 24 years old. He has been dating her for seven years and she is his childhood sweetheart. She previously worked as a public relations account executive for a Manchester-based public relations firm. Because her job entails networking and event planning, she is adept at dealing with the fame that comes with being in a relationship with Rashford.
Happy Valentine’s Day Reds💘 Here is a thread of Man Utd players and their girlfriends/partners.
1. Marcus Rashford & Lucia Loi pic.twitter.com/zNjHtV7iC7
— UtdTruthful (@Utdtruthful) February 14, 2023
Congratulations to Marcus Rashford & Lucia Loi on their engagement! #MUFC pic.twitter.com/Ud3YhUiVuP
— MUFC Scoop (@MUFCScoop) May 25, 2022
Youngest ever selected for Man Utd Schoolboy Scholars scheme
At just age 11, Rashford became the youngest player to be selected for the prestigious Manchester United Schoolboy Scholars scheme, an award and monetary help that was usually only allowed for players aged 12 and over. Due to his skill on the field and his ability in the classroom, he was typically fast-tracked and played with older athletes throughout his childhood.
Recipient of the first FIFA Foundation Award
Rashford became the recipient of the inaugural FIFA Foundation Award in 2020 as a recognition for his charitable work during the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020.