March 25 – Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola have each donated €1 million towards the fight against coronavirus.
Messi’s donation will be split between the Hospital Clinic in Catalonia and another medical centre in his home country, according to a report in Mundo Deportivo.
“Leo Messi made a donation to the clinic to fight the coronavirus,” Hospital Clinic wrote on Twitter. “Thank you very much, Leo, for your commitment and your support.”
Guardiola, both a former Barca player and manager, made his contribution to a campaign launched by the Angel Soler Daniel Foundation and Medical College of Barcelona. It will help acquire respirators and protective equipment
“Pep Guardiola has made a donation of €1 million to the Angel Soler Daniel Foundation for the acquisition and supply of health equipment to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic,” said a statement from the College.
“The donation campaign promoted by the Medical College of Barcelona and managed through the Angel Soler Daniel Foundation aims to collect medical materials and financial contributions from collegiate doctors and the general population, for the purchase of medical equipment and equipment that is currently lacking in health centres in Catalonia.
“It will also help finance the alternative production, through 3D printing and other methods, of respirators and personal protection equipment for healthcare staff.”
Spain is the country second worst affected by the disease in Europe and Catalonia, where Guardiola is from and where Messi has lived since joining Barca aged 13, has been badly affected.
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