COVID-19: Messi donates 1m euros to Barcelona hospital

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have won 11 of the last 12 Ballon d'Or trophies

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have won 11 of the last 12 Ballon d'Or trophies

Lionel Messi has been thanked by a Barcelona hospital after making a donation to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Spain remains the worst affected country in Europe after Italy, with the virus claiming over 2,600 lives already and the death toll expected to rise.

Messi, who has spent his entire remarkable career with FC Barcelona, will split his donation between Hospital Clinic in Barcelona and another medical centre in his native Argentina, it is reported. "Thank you very much Leo, for your commitment and your support", said the sanatorium. The hospital also confirmed receiving the money on their official Twitter page.

The hospital said in a tweet: "The clinic has received a donation from Leo Messi to face the Covid-19". Those two units can cater for up to 20 patients at one time and will be named after Ronaldo and Mendes, the hospital told CNN Sport. "Therefore, we reinforced the critical care area, which is the one where the biggest fight will be fought".

Guardiola, who managed Lionel Messi at Barcelona in a highly successful period and also played for the club, made his donation to a campaign initiative launched by the Angel Soler Daniel Foundation and Medical College of Barcelona.

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Wards in Santa Maria will come with ten beds and ventilators while the wing in Santo Antonio will have fifteen beds and ventilators.

"You can not forget Zico, Ronaldinho or Ronaldo".

Messi's former Barcelona manager, Pep Guardiola, also gave €1m towards the purchase and production of medical supplies and equipment with another Barcelona-based campaign.

In response to the novel coronavirus outbreak in France, Paris Saint-Germain has donated €100,000 ($108,000) to the Secours Populaire Francais, an organization dedicated to fighting poverty.

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