The 23-year-old Mancunian striker, Marcus Rashford, who scored 24 goals and 8 assists in 2020, had a very difficult childhood.Coming from a family whose living conditions were very difficult, Marcus Rashford was inspired by his mother in patience and endurance. Today, the Mancunian striker makes the fight against poverty one of his priorities.
In a documentary released on Monday 21 December 2020 by the BBC, Marcus Rashford recalled his childhood, a real ordeal that will always remain etched in his memory. “There were times when there was no food, so you were just going to sleep. The people closest to me knew the situation my family and I were going through, but not my teammates or my coaches.”
This difficult childhood motivated Marcus Rashford to commit himself to providing free school meals in England during the holidays and other aids to low-income families. The English attacker would no longer want to see a child have food problems where a family finds itself in a situation of acute precarity to the point of not having to eat. A situation he had experienced for several years: “Sometimes we didn’t even have a piece of bread.” ,” he said, recalling those moments.
Her mother, Mel, who had five children to feed, had several jobs to meet the family’s primary needs. She was a cashier at a bookie’s and, on the raid, worked as a housewife at a store. On weekends, she would do the dishes, hoping for a small salary.In spite of these revenues, Mel says that he often did not have enough food for everyone.So she gave to the kids and tried to fend for herself.
Rashford speaks of his mother with great pride, rejoicing in the values she instilled in him. That is why, outside the football field, he intends to invest himself fully in the cause of disadvantaged children. A cause for which he has received several accolades: he was named MBE in the list of Queen’s Birthday Honours, he was awarded twice at the Best Fifa Football Awards and as the sports personality of the year by BBC Sports, and he was put on the annual list of black personalities in football.
Marcus Rashford joined Manchester United at the age of seven and today, he is a key offensive asset for current manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer. He found luxurious accommodation for his family near Wythenshawe, a district south of Manchester with nearly 66,000 inhabitants. Her mother says she can’t stop crying when she’s thinking about those times.