Michael Boye Marquaye, a former Ghanaian international, has said that he is the father of Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford.
The 65-year-old retired Ghanaian footballer made the sensational claim of being the “real” father of the 22-year-old in his native country on Tuesday.
According to Marquaye, who now lives in the United Kingdom, Rashford’s adopted family changed his name but has now come forward to demand for recognition.
“Marcus Rashford is my biological son. He’s half Ghanaian and half English. His mom is a white with whom my relationship with her was open, her family knows me very well,” he told Kumasi FM
“I’m challenging everyone to sue and imprison me if anyone thinks these claims are lies.I have a lot of proves to back my claim,if challenged I will release evidences which will be damming to Marcus Rashford’s reputation.
“Marcus Rashford isn’t a Jamaican,the adopted father is rather from Jamaica.Marcus Rashford’s name has been changed,the original name I gave him was Jonathan Mama Marcus.
“I have not met him(Marcus Rashford) for now. You can log on to the Manchester United website and it is evident that he used to bear my surname, Marquaye before it was changed to Rashford.
“Nobody should dare nor challenge my claims but if they do,I will release damming evidence that will be damaging to the image of Rashford.
“There have been many efforts by me to reach him in accepting me as his father but the white mother has polluted his mind. I’m ready for a paternity test to prove he is my son.
“I do not need Marcus Rashford’s money,I have enough money for myself now but I only need acknowledgement. It hurts me when I hear people say he is a Jamaican,I do not want to hear that again.”
Its unclear why Mr Marquaye has remained mute all these years but insists he is not doing so for monetary consideration and “wants to set the record straight that Rashford has Ghanaian roots.”
Rashford is a key fugue for both Manchester United and England.