Marcus the Menace: Sports star Marcus Rashford guest edits The Beano

Marcus Rashford urged children to “find their voices” in a special edition of Beano edited by him.

The English and Manchester United footballer has teamed up with children’s comics after publishing his new book, You Can Do It: How To Find Your Team And Make A Difference, written with Carl Anka.

The campaigner also appeared a number of times throughout the special, drawn with famous characters including Bash Street Kids, Billy Whiz and Bananaman.

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Marcus Rashford’s edition of The Beano

Rashford also appeared on the front cover in cartoon form, wearing Editor Beano’s t-shirt.

The special edition is available from Wednesday in partnership with NatWest’s Thrive programme, set up with Rashford to help 6 to 16 year olds become more financially confident and realize their full potential, through a series of interactive group workshops and peer sessions.

In the editor’s letter, Marcus Rashford insists he “seized the opportunity” to join the comic series.

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Marcus Rashford’s edition of The Beano

He said: “Nobody succeeds in football without good teammates, and the same is true in life. Everyone needs to build a group of allies to have fun and speak up for what’s important.

“Our voices alone are strong, but when our voices come together, we have power. When we fight together for the things that matter, we can make progress much faster than we can alone.

“Ask for help is not a weakness. Asking for help to get things done faster is a superpower.

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“Finding your voice doesn’t have to be difficult. It can be as simple as having the confidence to stand up for something you believe in, or supporting others and their differences.

“Your journey is your strength, and everyone has something valuable to contribute.

“I wrote the new book You Can Do With my friend Carl to help you with this and I hope you enjoy it.”

He added: “My favorite thing about Beano is how the manga brings together all different types of kids.

“Instead of our differences dividing us, we embrace them here and we find strength in them. We should celebrate all the things that make each of us unique.

“Reading is one of my favorite things because it allows me to dream. I find myself achieving even more and I’m motivated to try new things.”

Beano has a strip created specifically to support the NatWest Thrive programme, where the England striker teaches Beanotown kids about failure, persistence, role model and patience.

For each copy of the special Beano sold, 20p will be donated to the Marcus Rashford Book Club to help children access books, in partnership with Macmillan Children’s Books.

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