Manchester United soccer star Marcus Rashford paid homage to Naomi Osaka. How? He was photographed wearing a hat with the Japanese tennis player NO logo. This happened at St George’s Park National Football Center in Burton Upon Trent, England for a World Cup qualifying retreat.
Rashford took part in campaigns in England focusing on food insecurity, poverty and literacy. A social star, like Naomi, who has been at the center of Black Lives Matter and many other struggles for justice and social equality since George Floyd’s death.
The commitment and dedication of the Japanese star have been taken as an example by many, so much so that some important and famous brands have decided to focus on Osaka as the testimonial of their advertising campaigns.
Marcus Rashford pays homage to Naomi Osaka
Naomi has also become an important figure in social struggles, as we saw last year during the protests following the brutal assassination of George Floyd, and at the center of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Over the course of her career she has won seven WTA titles out of eleven finals played, four of which are Grand Slam tournaments: she boasts the victory of two US Open in 2018 and 2020 and two Australian Open in 2019 and 2021.
Following the first Australian success di lei, on 28 January 2019 lei it also reached the first place in the world ranking for the first time. Naomi was the first ever Japanese athlete to win a Grand Slam title, the third in the Open Era to qualify for the WTA Finals in 2018 and the first Asian ever to reach the top of the WTA rankings.
Rashford, born in the metropolitan area of Manchester, precisely in Wythenshawe, is of Nevisian origins. He has a cousin, Lois Maynard, who is also a footballer, midfielder of the English team of Stockport County and of the national football team of Nevis. In 2020 he was awarded by Queen Elizabeth the recognition of Member of the Order of the British Empire after his service to the Nation during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.
Naomi Osaka’s line/logo continues to show up in unexpected places. pic.twitter.com/44NEXDXHWw
— Tumaini Carayol (@tumcarayol) March 24, 2021