The original artist has completely repaired the vandalized painting of Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford after the Euro 2020 final.
Rashford missed a penalty in the shootout finals against Italy with Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, and obscene graffiti was quickly discovered on the Manchester mural targeting both Rashford and soon-to-be club colleague Sancho.
The nasty words were quickly obscured by expressions of support from the Withington community, but fortunately, the mural’s original creator Akse has returned to restore it to its former beauty.
Thousands of words of support have been placed at the site, adding to the mural’s emotional impact.
“The community coming together has been incredible,” Akse told the Manchester Evening News.
Rashford also expressed gratitude to his local community for its support, confessing that it brought tears to his eyes after the vile racial insults directed at him in the wake of his penalty miss.
“I can take criticism for my performance all day; my penalty was not good enough; it should have gone in,” he said on Twitter. “But I will never apologize for who I am or where I came from.” “I’ve never felt more proud than when I wore those three lions on my chest and saw my family cheering me on in front of tens of thousands.”
“I fantasized of days like these. Today’s messages have been wonderfully overwhelming, and witnessing the reaction in Withington brought tears to my eyes. The communities that have always embraced me continue to support me.
“I’m Marcus Rashford, a black 23-year-old from Withington and Wythenshawe in South Manchester. That is all I have.
“I appreciate all of the nice messages. I’ll return stronger. We will return stronger.”