Football superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have pledged one million euros each towards the fight against coronavirus pandemic. Also Read - German State Finance Minister Commits Suicide Amid Fears of Financial Impact of Coronavirus Pandemic
Messi has made the donation to Hospital Clinic, a public Barcelona medical facility. His former manager at FC Barcelona Pep Guardiola too has contributed one mullion euros towards the purchase of medical equipment through a campaign promoted by Medical College of Barcelona and the Angel Soler Daniel Foundation. Also Read - Coronavirus: Total Positive Cases Climb to 1024, Death Toll Reaches 27, State Borders Sealed | Top Points
“Pep Guardiola has made a donation of one million euros to the Fundacio Angel Soler Daniel for the acquisition and supply of health equipment to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic,” the foundation said in a statement. Also Read - IPL 2020 Set to be Cancelled Due to Coronavirus Pandemic: Report
Spain is one of the worst affected nations reporting close to 2700 deaths and over 40,000 infected cases.
Ronaldo and his manager Jorge Mendes will be contributing one million euros towards the setting up of three Intensive Care Units in Portuguese hospitals.
The pair will donate two ICUs with a capacity of 10 beds each to University Hospital Centre of Northern Lisbon and another unit to Santo Antonio Hospital of the University Hospital Center of Porto.
“This is a very important investment that includes more than a dozen respirators and other necessary equipment. If necessary, Cristiano Ronaldo would like to do the same in Madeira,” Eurico Castro Alves, director of the hospital’s surgery department, told newspaper Jornal de Noticias.
In Portugal, there have been over 2,300 coronavirus cases with 33 deaths so far. The government has already shut down all non-essential businesses and president Marcelo Rebelo has already gone into self-isolation to lead by example.