Marcus Rashford was given a special gift from Cristiano Ronaldo but the item is so important to him that “no-one can touch it”.
Rashford had the pleasure of playing with his idol when he returned to Manchester United for a second spell, playing 54 times and scoring 27 goals.
But prior to them being teammates, Ronaldo had sent Rashford two gifts back in 2018.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner gifted him a signed Real Madrid shirt, with the message, “To Marcus, keep up the good work.”
But weeks before that, Ronaldo had sent Rashford a pair of red, limited edition Nike Air Max 97 CR7.
The design, named ‘Portugal Patchwork’, is inspired by Ronaldo’s humble beginnings and how his mother Dolores would patch his shoes together when he was a youngster.
Rashford thanked Ronaldo on Instagram but he has actually never worn the kicks and has no plans to.
Speaking to Complex on their ‘Sneaker Shopping’ feature, the England international said: “No one can touch them. He was one of my favourite players growing up and I like the show.
“I’d love to wear the shoe but if I messed them up, I don’t know what I’d do to myself. I’m better to just keep them locked away.”
@complex Marcus Rashford says he’ll never wear the sneakers Ronaldo gifted him 👟🎁 #sneakershopping ♬ original sound – Complex
Ronaldo scored 24 goals in 38 games in his first season back at Old Trafford but found himself out of favour under Erik ten Hag and had his contract terminated by mutual consent midway in the 2022/23 season.
The 38-year-old signed a lucrative deal with Al Nassr but Rashford will never forget his time playing alongside him.
“It has been an unbelievable experience to play with him,” Rashford said whenManchester Evening News.
“He is one of my idols, and someone I always looked up to. It’s something I can keep with me forever.
“I wish him all the best, and we want to thank him for the things he’s done for Manchester United.”