REVEALED: Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford signs with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation agency… and company played key role in helping him force Prime Minister Boris Johnson into U-turn over free meals for children
- Marcus Rashford took on the government in his fight for free meals for kids during the summer holidays
- Manchester United star forced Prime Minister Boris Johnson into a u-turn and disadvantaged children WILL have meals over the holidays
- Roc Nation played a role in Rashford’s widely lauded efforts – the striker signed with the agency in April
- Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku are with the company founded by Jay-Z – the American rapper, entrepreneur and music producer
Marcus Rashford has signed with Roc Nation, the sports agency confirmed on Tuesday morning.
The Manchester United striker has earned widespread praise for his efforts in changing Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s mind over providing free meal vouchers for under-privileged children during the summer holidays.
It has emerged that Roc Nation played a supporting role in Rashford’s efforts after adding him to their impressive stable of clients in April.
Marcus Rashford earned praise after forcing Prime Minister Boris Johnson to change his mind over providing free meal vouchers for under-privileged children during the summer holidays
His brothers Dwaine Maynard and Dane Rashford will continue to have complete control over the 22-year-old’s football affairs, having guided his career carefully over the last four-and-a-half years and negotiated the signing of a new contract 12 months ago.
It’s understood Roc Nation work closely with the family and handle Rashford’s off-the-field activities after formally announcing the partnership on Tuesday morning.
‘We can confirm that Roc Nation has represented Marcus Rashford since April 2020,’ said the company in a statement. ‘The representation is strictly off-field, encompassing philanthropy, PR and marketing, communications, digital strategy and commercial partnerships. DNMaysportsmgt continue to represent Marcus Rashford for all on-field activity.’
Rashford stands with US rap star and entrepreneur Shawn ‘Jay-Z’ Carter, founder of Roc Nation – the striker posted this picture on Instagram back in February
Roc Nation was formed in 2013 by US rap star and entrepreneur Shawn ‘Jay-Z’ Carter, opening offices in the UK in December. The company’s clients include Rashford’s United teammate Eric Bailly and his former striker partner Romelu Lukaku – now at Inter Milan – as well as Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne, Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings and South Africa’s World Cup-winning rugby union captain Siya Kolisi.
Although Carter’s involvement gives the operation an air of showbiz glamour, Roc Nation promotes itself as a company with a social conscience and philanthropy at heart.
That has been evident in Rashford’s crusade to feed vulnerable youngsters throughout lockdown and again last month when the company took out full-page adverts in a number of major US newspapers to pay tribute to George Floyd.
The company has established itself as a major player in the US sports market before launching in Europe, and recently signed a partnership agreement with Shanghai and Beijing-based agency SECA to expand into China.