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No one can doubt the influence that Marcus Rashford has had both on Manchester United’s pitch and off the pitch in his campaign so that no child goes hungry.
The forward has been rightly praised by both, lobbying his government from a position of personal experience.
“Sometimes we didn’t even have a loaf of bread in the house,” his mother, Mel, said in an upcoming documentary, cited by BBC Sport.
“But I wouldn’t tell anyone I was struggling, it was embarrassing.”
Rashford’s humility and maturity in making his point, as well as a certain tenacity in not consistently allowing the government to get off well-constructed arguments, has won him many friends, as well as high-profile companies backing his campaign.
“I think that in sport you have to have something behind you that pushes you,” he said in the documentary, quoted by BBC Sport.
“When you come from a place of struggle and pain, many times it changes and it becomes your drive and motivation.”
Although he will receive any awards for his work with the same humility that he has always shown up to this point, arguably the 23-year-old is not in it himself.
Not wanting to see anyone else fight like his family did is the driving force, and until the status quo changes for certain families, we can hope that Rashford will be at the forefront of the campaign for change.