Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola and Barcelona striker Lionel Messi have donated one million euros (RM4.8 million) each to help fight the COVID-19.
For Messi, his donation will be split between the Hospital Clinic in Barcelona and another medical centre in his home country.
El #CLíNIC ha recibido una donación de Leo Messi para hacer frente a la #Covid19. Este donativo se dedicará, entre otras cosas, a la investigación y a la adquisición de equipos de respiración asistida, utilizados para atender a los pacientes más graves.
— Hospital CLÍNIC (@hospitalclinic) March 25, 2020
“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.”
While Guardiola has contributed to the campaign launched by the Angel Soler Daniel Foundation and the Medical College of Barcelona.
“Pep Guardiola has made a donation of one million euros 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.”
For info, Spain is the second highest in Europe after Italy hit COVID-19, recording 2,696 deaths and nearly 40,000 positive cases.