Football may have stopped but Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola and Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo are playing their part to help tackle the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Messi and Guardiola have each donated one million euros ($1, 08 million) while Ronaldo and his agent Jorge Mendes donate intensive care units to Portuguese hospitals to help them to survive the virus.
According to Marca.com, Messi’s contributions will be shared between the hospital Clinic in Barcelona and another medical centre in Argentina.
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. Thank you very much, Leo for your commitment and your support,” said the hospital on social media.
On Tuesday Guardiola donated to a campaign launched by the Angel Soler Daniel Foundation and Medical College of Barcelona for the acquisition of medical material.
In a statement, the college said, “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.
“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 centre in Catalonia.
“It will also help finance the alternative production, through 3D printing and other methods, if respirations and personal protection equipment for health staff.”
Meanwhile Ronaldo will donates to two institutions giving them two intensive care units with a capacity of 10 beds each.
Ronaldo and his agent will also donate a unit to the Santo Antonio Hospital of the University Hospital Centre in Porto.
Eurico Castro Alves, director of the hospital’s surgery department said that the units will bear Ronaldo’s and Mendes’s names.
“This is a very important investment that includes more than a dozen respirations and other necessary equipment,” Alves told Jornal de Noticias newspaper.
🇦🇷 Messi donated €1 million to a hospital clinic in Barcelona.
🇵🇹 @Cristiano & Jorge Mendes donated €1 million to 3 intensive care units in Portugal.
🇪🇸 Pep Guardiola donated €1 million to Angel Soler Daniel Foundation.
❤️ Football coming together to fight coronavirus. pic.twitter.com/7HWNrDgvj1
— SPORF (@Sporf) March 24, 2020
By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi