Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Manchester mayor Pep Guardiola have each donated a million euros ($1.08 million) towards the fight against coronavirus.
Argentina international Messi’s donation is going to be split between Hospital Clinic in Barcelona and another medical center in his home country, consistent with a report in Marca.
“Leo Messi made a donation to the clinic to fight the coronavirus,” Hospital Clinic wrote on Twitter. “Thank you considerably, Leo, for your commitment and your support.”
Former Barcelona player and manager Guardiola made his contribution to a campaign launched by the Angel Soler Daniel Foundation and Medical College of Barcelona.
“Pep Guardiola has made a donation of 1 million euros to the Angel Soler Daniel Foundation for the acquisition and provision of health equipment to affect the Covid-19 pandemic,” said a press release from the school.
“The donation campaign promoted by the Medical College of Barcelona and managed through the Angel Soler Daniel Foundation aims to gather medical materials and financial contributions from collegiate doctors and therefore the general population, for the acquisition of medical equipment and equipment that’s currently lacking in health centers in Catalonia.
“It also will help finance the choice production, through 3D printing and other methods, of respirators and private protection equipment for healthcare staff.”
Before Guardiola made his donation, the campaign had raised 33,000 euros in three days.
Spain is that the country worst suffering from the disease in Europe outside of Italy, with 2,696 deaths and almost 40,000 positive cases.
The region of Catalonia, where Guardiola is from and where Messi has lived since joining Barca aged 13, is one among the worst-affected parts of the country.