“During this covid crisis we all have to help each other. And someone who understands this better than anyone else in football is Marcus Rashford,” Robin Van Persie said of Marcus Rashford to Daily Mirror.

“Just before the pandemic erupted, I went to meet Marcus in England. I did not have the chance to play with him at United but thanks to our meeting I have learnt a lot about him and I have got to know him better.”

“He has only just turned 23 and it is amazing what he has done already in football as well as in life off the pitch. I spoke to Marcus in length and he told me what has made him fight for school meals.”

“Marcus told me that as a kid he experienced what it was like to have no dinner. He and his two brothers have had their struggles in life and sometimes there was no food.”

“As he said to me, every kid deserves a meal. It has been some battle he’s had with the Government, but he has succeeded.

“In the end, he worked with the Government and it is a beautiful example of working together. This is the way to survive this crisis in both football and in life,” Robin said.

The hero on and off the pitch had made the difference by helping to provide food for school children with UK prime minister Boris Johnson pledging to extend the school meal scheme throughout the holidays, resulting in a major victory for Rashford’s fight.

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