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Sport Coronavirus: Messi thanked by hospital for donation

04:40  25 march  2020
04:40  25 march  2020 Source:   goal.com

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Lionel Messi has made a reported donation of €1 million (£920,000/.08 million) to Hospital Clinic, a public hospital in Barcelona, to help combat the coronavirus pandemic. The hospital confirmed Messi had made a donation on their official Twitter page, with Mundo Deportivo reporting the €1m figure.

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Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona v Real Sociedad - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - March 7, 2020  Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their first goal   REUTERS/Albert Gea © Thomson Reuters Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona v Real Sociedad - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - March 7, 2020 Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Albert Gea Lionel Messi has been thanked by a Barcelona hospital after making a donation to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.

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Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola have each donated €1 million to help fight against coronavirus . One recipient of his money will be the Hospital Clinic in Barcelona, while the other will be a medical center in his home town of Rosario, Argentina.

"Leo Messi made a donation to the clinic to fight the coronavirus ," the hospital posted on social media. " Thank you very much, Leo, for your commitment and your Pep Guardiola also donated one million euros on Tuesday to the Col.legi de Metges in Barcelona for the acquisition of medical material.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 07: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona looks on during the Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Sociedad at Camp Nou on March 07, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images) © 2020 Getty Images BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 07: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona looks on during the Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Sociedad at Camp Nou on March 07, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images) But some high-profile individuals are sacrificing their own money to help the cause, with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed to have donated €1million to the Angel Soler Daniel Foundation.

Messi – a six-time Ballon d'Or winner – has made a contribution of his own to the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona.

A Tweet from the clinic on Tuesday read: "Leo Messi made a donation to fight against COVID-19 in the clinic.

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"Thank you very much, Leo, for your support and your commitment."

Spain is the second worst-affected European nation with almost 40,000 people diagnosed with the virus, including over 2,800 deaths.

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