Marcus Rashford is almost as well known for his inspiring work off the pitch as he is for his skills on it.
Now the football ace, 23, wants a whole new generation to follow in his footsteps.
His new how-to guide You Are a Champion: How to Be the Best You Can Be, jointly written with Carl Anka, is aimed at youngsters aged 10 and up. In our first exclusive extract, he reveals what drives him...
I’ve supported Manchester United ever since I can remember, and I’ve been playing for them since 2016. It’s been an incredible few years. I scored during my debut match, and the team has won some important trophies. I also play for the England team (I scored on my debut there, too!) and have been to a World Cup with them – that was an incredible experience.
You might also know me for the charitable campaigns I helped organise in 2020. Together with the food charity FareShare and the help of people up and down the country, we launched the End Child Food Poverty campaign to make sure that millions of children all over the UK had access to the food and support they needed, during the pandemic and beyond.
I’ve achieved some things in my life so far that I’m really proud of, and I want to go on to achieve so much more, but I couldn’t have done any of it without believing in myself and getting help from others.
Something I’ve always tried to remember is that there are no limits to what is possible in this life. I know it isn’t always the easiest of journeys, and that sometimes you might get stuck and need help, but you are capable of amazing things.
Everyone is different, everyone has their own journey but, no matter who you are and no matter where you come from, every single person in the world has the potential to be a champion.
Family is really important to me, and I like to help people, too – that’s one reason why I work hard on things I’m passionate about, both on and off the pitch.
I’m the youngest of five siblings – I have two older brothers, Dwaine and Dane, and two sisters, Chantelle and Claire – and my mum’s name is Melanie. I love them all a lot.
I grew up by Button Lane in Wythenshawe, South Manchester, and I used to sleep on the top bunk in a bedroom I shared with Dane. We had a little TV on top of this set of cupboards, but sometimes you’d have to give it a bang when the picture was getting fuzzy.
I’d look for a rock or can, anything I could pretend was a ball, to kick home
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