In his heart-breaking final message to the world, Rob Burrow said ‘we must still dare to dream’.

The ex-rugby league player died aged 41 after a four-and-a-half-year battle with motor neurone disease (MND).

The father of young Macy, Maya and Jackson urged people to ‘be brave’ and fight whatever personal battles they might be facing.

Rob, who notably with pal Kevin Sinfield, began fundraising and campaigning to raise awareness of MND after his diagnosis, said he hoped to have successfully ‘left a mark on the disease’.

In his final message, played as part of the documentary There’s Only One Rob Burrow on BBC One and iPlayer, Burrow said: ‘I hope one day we find a cure and live in a world free of MND.

‘By the time that you watch this I will no longer be here.

‘I am just a lad from Yorkshire who got to live out his dream of playing rugby league.

‘As a father of three young children I would never want any family to have to go through what my family have since my diagnosis.’