Marcus Rashford

Man Utd star Rashford makes Time100 Next list

The England international has made positive headlines just as much for his actions off the pitch this year as on it

4:10pm on Wednesday 17th February 2021
Martin Macdonald

Marcus Rashford has been named in Time Magazine's Time100 Next list - a selection of people who are on their way to becoming major societal influencers.

The magazine's more famous feature is their annual Top 100 Most Influential People in the World List and they describe the Next list as an expansion and a prediction of figures whose influence could grow over the next 12 months.

Prior to the last year, Rashford was known simply as a professional footballer for Manchester United and England, having come through the ranks at Old Trafford to become one of their key players on the pitch.

Although he has always been a charitable person, he has stepped up his philanthropic efforts more than any other player in England this season, or indeed more than most people in general, continuing to campaign for the health and wellbeing of children in deprived areas.

Rashford has taken on the government, requesting and campaigning for them to continue to provide free school meals to underprivileged children, who otherwise would have no source of nutrition during the day when off school.

He stepped up his campaigning particularly in the middle of the pandemic which has seen schools close throughout the UK.

With children starved of what could very well be their only meal of the day by being off school, Rashford urged the government to keep up the free school meals initiative even with institutions being closed.

Rashford's entry into the Time100 Next list was submitted by Lewis Hamilton, who himself is no stranger to philanthropy.

Hamilton writes:

"In 2020, Marcus Rashford took his many talents beyond the football field—where he is a star player for Manchester United and England’s national team—to respond to a national crisis: child hunger.

“I know what it feels like to be hungry,” he wrote last June as part of a campaign that succeeded in pushing the government to provide meals for students in need during summer vacation.

"By standing up for the most vulnerable in our society, and using his platform and influence to create positive change, Marcus inspired countless others to join him on this mission and cemented his status as a role model.

"In a year that showed us the power of working together toward a common goal, he was a galvanizing force behind uniting people across the U.K. in the effort to ensure that no child goes hungry.

"His determination, resilience and persistence have been truly inspiring. I cannot wait to see how he continues this important work."

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