COVID-19 Pandemic: Messi, Ronaldo Start The Push

Barcelona star Lionel Messi and Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola have each donated one million euros to help kick coronavirus out of the world.

Messi’s donation will be split between the Hospital Clinic in Barcelona and another medical centre in his home country, according to a report in Marca.

“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 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 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.

 “It will also help finance the alternative production, through 3D printing and other methods, of respirators and personal protection equipment for healthcare staff.”

Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo and his agent Jorge Mendes are meanwhile funding three intensive care units for coronavirus patients at hospitals in Portugal.

A hospital in Porto said the contribution from the Juventus forward and his agent will pay for 15 intensive care beds fully equipped with ventilators and other necessary equipment. Another two units with 10 beds each will be set up in Lisbon.

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Media reports said Ronaldo and Mendes are contributing more than 1 million euros for the three units.

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