Fresh off the back of getting an MBE, Marcus Rashford made one little boy’s birthday wish come true in the cutest way.
Six-year-old Mario wrote a list of what he wanted to get for his birthday – the first choice being a pet dog, and the second was getting Marcus to be his friend.
Mario’s mum, Debbie Gray, shared the note on Twitter, writing: ‘When my 6 year old writes his birthday list and wants a dog and Marcus Rashford as his friend! I might have one disappointed son.’
While the dog may still be pending, one part of Mario’s birthday wish has already come true as Marcus, 22, noticed his mum’s post on Twitter.
He replied: ‘This is actually so sweet. Make sure you wish him a happy birthday for me. Tell him it’s from his friend.’
As if that wasn’t pure enough to tug at your heartstrings, Debbie gave her followers an update as she videoed Mario’s reaction when she told him that Marcus wanted to be his pal too.
She asked him on camera whether he thought either of his dreams would come true, to which Mario replied: ‘A dog can but Rashford can’t because he lives in Manchester, but if Rashford did become my friend I would go and watch his football games all the time.’
When Debbie told Mario that Marcus had sent him a message, he wouldn’t believe it, saying: ‘No he didn’t!’
Despite his mum showing him the Tweet, Mario still thought it was too good to be true, adding: ‘That’s not true, it can’t be him because he doesn’t know us!’
As well as making little Mario’s day, Marcus also celebrated receiving an MBE from the Queen on Friday.
The Manchester United and England forward was humbled by the accolade, saying: ‘I’m incredibly honoured and humbled.
‘As a young black man from Wythenshawe, never did I think I would be accepting an MBE, never mind an MBE at the age of 22.
‘This is a very special moment for myself and my family, but particularly my mum who is the real deserving recipient of the honour.
‘The fight to protect our most vulnerable children is far from over. I would be doing my community, and the families I have met and spoken with, an injustice if I didn’t use this opportunity to respectfully urge the Prime Minister to support our children during the October half-term with an extension of the voucher scheme, as the furlough scheme comes to an end and we face increased unemployment.’
He was recognised for his campaign to get the Government to change its free school meals policy over lockdown to ensure vulnerable children did not go hungry.
Marcus has also since formed a child food poverty task force, which has linked up with some of the UK’s biggest supermarkets and food brands.
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