The power of a modern day footballer

“In one week Rashford has managed to highlight everything that is systematically bad about this country while at the same time throwing the spirit that remains among the British public to the forefront of people’s minds.”

They have talent, they have fame, they have money and they have everything that comes with it.

But what modern day footballers and sports men and women have more than anything, is power.

That has been shown by the astonishing and breathtaking campaign that the inspirational Marcus Rashford has started in recent weeks.

A campaign that has put food into the mouths of starving children and left this country’s Government looking like the devil.

The work he has done and what he is continuing to do and will continue to do, is showing how powerful people in sport, those with a profile and a voice can be.

We’ve seen it before in other countries but not on this sort of scale in the UK.

18 years before Rashford’s campaign, Didier Drogba showed how powerful a football can be, when he took a microphone and asked for silence in Sudan, and almost single handedly stopped a civil war.

Almost two decades on Rashford is using that power in a different way, and showing that there is light in the dark times we are experiencing at the moment.

Other footballers have done this in recent months too.

There are hundreds of examples of footballers working in communities that don’t get broadcast onto our TV screens.

Big name footballers give huge sums of money to charity to change lives for the better.

But this story has captured a nation, captured the attention of the working man and woman, and captured the attention of people who care.

Looking down the striker’s Twitter timeline over the last day, you can’t help but be amazed at the sheer volume of people who are helping the young man’s case.

After being rebuffed by the Government over continuing free school meals earlier this week, he has gained the support of the masses and the resources of businesses who themselves are struggling to pay bills and make ends meet.

Hundreds of businesses have stood with Rashford and pledged to supply meals to children

In one week Rashford has managed to highlight everything that is systematically bad about this country while at the same time throwing the spirit that remains among the British public to the forefront of people’s minds.

Health Minister Matt Hancock asked for footballers to play their part earlier in the pandemic.

Rashford came up with a solution. The Government turned it down.

That says more about the politicians in Westminster than it does about the 22-year-old striker.

He didn’t cower down and go quietly like those in the Government thought he might do.

He went again, used his profile as a footballer and over the last two days has managed to keep this country’s less fortunate children fed.

You can’t do anything but take your hat off to him. Smashed in a Champions League winner, fed hundreds of thousands of children and shamed the the Government all in one week.

I suspect this movement may lead to others in positions such as Rashford’s coming forward to selflessly help those who need it the most.

They shouldn’t have to, it is the job of our Government but as they’ve shown this week, they are not capable.

But Rashford’s behaviour of going above and beyond the call of duty could well do even more good, going further than putting food in hungry children’s mouths.

This is a movement, but it may start an even bigger movement that highlights further the power of the modern day footballer.

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