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The Manchester United forward received an MBE for his efforts to ensure that children across the country did not go hungry.
Manchester United star Marcus Rashford signed 2020 with a message of hope for fans and supporters, urging them to continue working hard for each other in the year ahead.
The past 12 months have been tremendously difficult for many people around the world due to a global coronavirus pandemic that has claimed more than 1.7 million lives and left economies devastated.
With many of Britain’s least well-off suffering the most, Rashford has used his platform to demand help for those most in need.
Even before the pandemic broke out, Rashford was working with businesses to provide food parcels to those in need, but went further in 2020, eventually forcing the government to change policy after initially refusing to offer free school meals for children. during the holidays.
Rashford has continued to campaign and was rewarded for his services with an MBE.
She has continued to push for an end to child food poverty, while also creating a book club to ensure children have the opportunity to read.
Soccer is extremely tribal, but Rashford has won the support of club fans across the country, even those who have a fierce rivalry with Manchester United.
He has embodied a spirit of togetherness and wants that to be an ongoing theme in 2021.
Writing in TwitterRashford said: “I have a game tomorrow so I need to sign here, but before I go I wanted to reflect on what has been the most challenging year.
“I am proud to see people come together to help those in need and that same compassion must continue in 2021 because it is people like you who make this country great and there is still much more work to do.
“We have shown the difference we can make when we come together.
“Don’t look back at this year thinking that you haven’t accomplished anything. You did it all. You survived 2020. Your strength was tested and you did it. Give yourself a pat on the back. “
The lack of fans in the stadiums has been one of the defining images of 2020, although professional football has provided escapism to people in a time of suffering. Rashford wants the spectators to return to the fields to share moments with the players, such as the hat-trick he scored against RB Leipzig in the Champions League.
“I hope that in 2021 I can celebrate in the crowd with you again,” he continued. “I really miss that; I can’t believe that none of you could have been with me at the Leipzig hat-trick, but I hope there are many more.
“Everything I have accomplished this year has been our achievement; I couldn’t have done it without your support.
“Let’s aim and hope that there is a level playing field for everyone in 2021.
“Love to all of you. Be safe and happy new year.”