13 fun facts about Marcus Rashford

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Marcus Rashford
Everything you need to know about the English star!

Marcus Rashford is a professional footballer who currently plays as a forward for Manchester United and the England national team. He was born on October 31, 1997, in Manchester, England.

Rashford began his football journey with the Manchester City academy before being scouted by Manchester United and joining their youth academy at the age of seven.

Rashford made his professional debut for Manchester United in February 2016, scoring twice on his first start in the Premier League. Since then, he has established himself as a key player for the club, known for his pace, technical ability, and finishing skills. He has won numerous awards and accolades for his performances, including the PFA Young Player of the Year award in the 2015-16 season.

In addition to his football career, Rashford is also known for his activism and charitable work.

Rashford has also represented England at international level, scoring several important goals and helping the team reach the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup.

With his talent, work ethic, and off-field endeavours, Rashford is seen as a role model and inspiration to many young people around the world.

But what are the 13 things you absolutely need to know about the attacker?

  1. Youngest goalscorer in Manchester derby

    Rashford became the youngest player to score a goal in a Manchester derby when he netted his club’s winner against their city rivals back in 2016 at the age of 18 years and 141 days.

  2. Scored on international debut

    Scored on international debut

    Rashford scored on his England debut in May 2016, just a few months after breaking into the Manchester United first team. He became the youngest player in the history of the England national team to score on his debut, at the age of 18 years and 208 days. Rashford has since established himself as a key player for England and has scored 17 goals in 46 appearances for the Three Lions.

  3. Second youngest Man Utd player to reach 100 appearances

    Rashford is the second youngest player in Manchester United's history after Ryan Giggs to reach 100 appearances for the club. He achieved the milestone at the age of 22 years and 92 days, which is a testament to his rapid rise to prominence and his impact on the team.

  4. Idolised Rooney and Ronaldo

    Idolised Rooney and Ronaldo

    Rashford idolised Manchester United legends Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo growing up. He went on to play alongside both players.

  5. Jointly holds Man Utd goalscoring record with Dennis Viollet

    The striker has scored in 10 consecutive matches for Manchester United at the Old Trafford, a record that he jointly holds with club legend Dennis Viollet.

  6. A noble soul

    Rashford is known for his work off the field, particularly in the area of charity and activism. He has been actively involved in a number of initiatives aimed at addressing child poverty and food insecurity and has used his platform as a high-profile athlete to raise awareness about these important issues.

    In 2020, Rashford launched a campaign to extend the government's free school meal program for children from low-income families during the summer months.

    His campaign was successful, and the government reversed its previous decision to end the program, providing support for families during a difficult time. Rashford continued to advocate for families in need, working with food banks and other organizations to provide support and raise awareness about food poverty.

  7. Recipient of the first FIFA Foundation Award

    Rashford became the recipient of the inaugural FIFA Foundation Award in 2020 as a recognition for his charitable work during the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020.

  8. An MBE

    In recognition of his charitable efforts, Rashford was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2020, and was named as one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world. He is widely respected and admired for his commitment to helping others and his willingness to use his platform to make a positive difference in the world.

  9. An honorary doctorate degree from University of Manchester

    Rashford became the youngest recipient of an honorary doctorate from the University of Manchester in 2020 as a recognition of his campaign against child poverty.

  10. Half of Rashford family are Man City fans

    While Rashford grew up supporting Manchester United and eventually played for them, he has revealed in the past that half of his family members are Manchester City fans.

  11. Trained at Manchester City’s academy

    Rashford trained at Manchester City's Platt Lane academy before eventually making the decision to join Manchester United.

    The attacker lived in Fallowfield near City's academy and United feared they would lose out on Rashford as joining the Cityzens seemed more convenient geographically for the youngster, but the Red Devils' training programme won him over in the end.

  12. Missed Golden Boy awards by a whisker

    Marcus Rashford finished second and third, respectively, in the 2016 and 2017 Golden Boy awards.

  13. England’s youngest-ever player at European championship
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    England’s youngest-ever player at European championship

    Making his debut at Euro 2016 at the age of 18 years and 229 days, Rashford became the youngest English player to make his debut in European championship.