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Coronavirus: Messi, Guardiola donate €1 million each to tackle virus

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola have each donated €1 million towards the fight against the coronavirus.

The virus has been sweeping the world with Spain being of the affected countries with the donation of the duo going to local medical organizations facing equipment shortages.

According to Marca, Messi's donation will be split between the Hospital Clinic in Barcelona and another medical center in his home country, Argentina.

The contributions came after a campaign launched by the Angel Soler Daniel Foundation and Medical College of Barcelona with a statement from the institution saying: "Thank you very much, Leo, for your commitment and your support.

"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 centers in Catalonia.

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

Spain is the second worst-hit country in Europe following Italy, with 2,696 deaths and almost 40,000 confirmed cases.

Catalonia is one of the worst-hit parts of the country with both Messi and Guardiola have had a strong attachment to the region.

 

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