MARCUS RASHFORD has been described as “very special” having been named on the prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe Sports & Games list.
Manchester United and England forward Rashford sprang into action almost immediately after the pandemic exacerbated an issue close to his heart – child hunger and poverty.
At just 23 years old, the star striker confidently campaigned the British Government into policy reforms that guaranteed 1.7 million children access to vital food sources during the pandemic.
Rashford, who has scored 10 club goals this season for the Red Devils, also raised more than £20 million through food charity FareShare, secured funding for 15 youth centres and is writing a series of children’s books.
“Marcus’ selflessness is very special,” says SC Bern General Manager and 30 Under 30 Judge Florence Schelling.
The Forbes website added: “In a year marred by the spread of Covid-19, government lockdowns and economic struggles, members of the Forbes 2021 30 Under 30 Europe Sports & Games list reminded us just how impactful leadership can be in times of crisis.
“This select group chose not to rest on their laurels (in these crazy times, none would be knocked if they had) and continued to fight long-standing issues, such as representation, diversity, gender equity and child hunger, which was amplified by the pandemic.”
Last month Rashford announced that he had written a new book to help develop the game-changers and ethical crusaders of tomorrow.
In You Are a Champion: Unlock Your Potential, Find Your Voice and Be the BEST You Can Be, Rashford MBE draws on stories from his own life to show you that success is all about the mindset.
Readers will find out how positive thinking can change your life, build mental resilience, learn how to navigate adversity and discover the unstoppable power of your own voice. “You already have the tools you need to achieve your dreams; you just might not know it yet,” he writes.